Fixing Bad Disk Error Found On a SD Card

The bad disk error on Secure Digital cards

A bad disk error with SD card is generally encountered when card is inserted to a Windows computer. A bad sector on memory card simply makes stored data to be inaccessible. This issue may arise at any random times and most of users fail to safeguard any data present on card. At this point, any attempts to read card data would simply fail.

Some possible causes for disk error on (SD) memory card:

  • Malfunctions in card file system
  • Interrupted file transfers and read/write process
  • Poor quality SD card
  • Over usage of card among multiple devices
  • Unsafely ejected card

Note: Literally, sometimes the problem lies straightway in the card reader (if at all the card is connected through memory card reader). Therefore, it is recommended to diagnose the card by using a different card reader media or even try in a different system.

Impact of bad disk on SD card data: Although data is in an unreadable state, there are major chances that media data residing in the card would be corrupt. Such damages and corruptions will put all your vital data to risk. Here is one such case:

“I had an old 32GB SD card with lots of music, pictures and video files saved in it. Today when I connect it to my Windows 7 PC, it pops an error that says bad disk. I even tried it in a different system but nothing worked. Then I searched for solutions and found reformatting the card is the only way to address bad disk issue. If I am not wrong, reformat will completely wipe all card data. I can’t risk to lose all my card data. So, is there any way out to rescue my SD card files?”

It is true that reformat is the solution to fix bad disk trouble with memory cards. It is also right that reformat action will entirely erase all existing card files. Users do not proceed with reformatting the card when precious files are present in it (whose backup is unavailable). This could sound bit doubtful, whether it is possible or not to recover files from SD card form bad disk. So, herein the solutions are detailed:

1. Windows check disk utility: It can be tried to repair by running check disk utility (chkdsk.exe) on the command prompt. This Windows feature is actually meant to fix corrupted card but in majority of the cases, this method fails to recover from bad disk.

2. Install Yodot program: As there is no other feature available in Windows systems to resolve, simply get the Yodot Card Recovery software and restore all card contents without much efforts.

Learn more about retrieving data

Yodot’s efficient algorithmic modules are equipped to fetch SD card data that is turned bad. The recovery mechanism implies to all other external cards as well ( SDHC, SDXC, CF card, TF card, XD card, MMC’s, memory sticks, pen drives, flash drives etc.). The tool is suitable for restoring data from all card errors, deletions and loss situations. It can also be noted that all media file types are well-supported by this application. The program can be readily installed on any Windows OS versions – Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista/Windows Server 2008 and 2003 editions. Moreover, there is no chance of modifications or alteration to any part of source content and card files can be easily recovered within a fraction of time.

Steps involved in getting off data from a bad SD media:

  • Step 1: Initially connect the SD card to a Windows system using USB cable or a Card Reader interface. Ensure that the card is recognized in all system accessible drives
  • Step 2: Download the Yodot Photo Recovery program on your computer
  • Step 3: Install the tool as per the instructions and start recovery process
  • Step 4: Select Lost Photo Recovery option displayed on the screen
  • Step 5: input the SD card drive location from where files are to be traced
  • Step 6: Then mark the file items of your choice or simply go with Mark All option
  • Step 7: The utility then starts to scans the SD card for all recoverable files and presents back for review
  • Step 8: Choose either File Type View or Data View to preview regained data
  • Step 9: Set a target location to save the files and terminate the application

After successfully recovering data from a bad memory can you may proceed to reformat the card in Windows system or in the device.

Notable tips:

  • It is always a good practice to keep multiple copies of vital files as backup
  • Do not frequently use card among various devices or gadgets
  • Employ safe measures to eject the card

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