Retrieve Data from Unreadable Micro SD Card

“I have a 16GB SanDisk Micro SD card which has become unreadable both on my cell phone and computer for strange reason. I often use this Micros SD card on my cell phone from past six months and it was never troubled me at any time. But yesterday when I connected Micro SD card to the computer to take backups of my important data, it says data is unreadable on Micro SD card. Suddenly I disconnected Micro SD card from computer and inserted into my cell phone, but the result is same. Actually this Micro SD card consists of all my previous celebration photos and some important files. I don’t want to miss my precious moment photos captured on celebration of special events. Is it possible to restore lost photos and other files including videos and music from inaccessible Micro SD Card? Can I fix unreadable Micro SD card?”

The first important thing before you fix unreadable Micro SD card is to recover data. There is no direct connection between data recovery and troubleshooting unreadable Micro SD card problem, but you may lose certain data forever if you don’t perform data recovery first and keep using card for storing new files. Before performing data recovery, let us see some of the consequences as listed below which makes Micro SD card unreadable:

  • Abruptly removing your Micro SD card from cell phone can damage its file system, leaving card in unreadable state
  • Severe virus/malware infection can damage your data or makes Micro SD card inaccessible
  • The data on the Micro SD card can become inaccessible due to some sudden interruptions while transferring the data from Micro SD card to computer
  • Card errors or format error due to improper handling of card is another reason behind unreadable Micro SD card

How to fix unreadable Micro SD memory card?

Sometimes, the Micro SD card containing essential data may become unreadable in a mysterious way. In such case, the simplest way to fix unreadable Micro SD card is to format the memory card and reuse it for data storage. You can format inaccessible Micro SD cards directly on cell phone or by connecting it to the computer. If you are not able to format directly, then connect your Micro SD card to system, go to disk management, right click on the Micro SD card drive and select the format option. This will fix unreadable Micro SD card problem, but erases all files from it.

However, don’t worry you can get back data from unreadable Micro SD card even after formatting by using one of the Micro SD card recovery utility, which is Yodot Photo Recovery software. This application is highly efficient to retrieve data from unreadable Micro SD card on Windows system. Go through the below mentioned procedure for using Yodot Photo Recovery to perform data recovery on unreadable Micro SD cards.

Micro SD card data recovery software:

Yodot Photo Recovery is the prominent memory card recovery software used by many users to retrieve their data from unreadable Micro SD cards and also best known as write protected sd card recovery tool. This application can restore various types of media files from Micro SD card as well as from other memory cards. This application has the ability to restore missing or deleted media files i.e. photos, RAW pictures, videos and music files from various Micro SD cards on Windows operating system. Additionally, it can gets back deleted or lost media files from computer hard drive, external hard drive, flash drive, iPods, etc. This utility uses block-by-block scan technology that doesn’t require heavy amount of time to recover data from Micro SD card. Mac users can employ Mac version of Yodot Mac Photo Recovery tool to regain media data from unreadable Micro SD card on Mac OS X machine.

Steps for using card recovery tool on Windows:

  • Connect your unreadable Micro SD card to the system by using card reader
  • Download and install Yodot Photo Recovery application to your Windows OS computer
  • Launch the software to start recovery process and follow the on screen procedure
  • In main screen you will find two options i.e., “Delete Photo Recovery” and “Lost Photo Recovery”
  • Select “Delete Photo Recovery” option to retrieve deleted data from Micro SD card
  • Otherwise, select “Lost Photo Recovery” option to recover lost data from Micro SD card
  • This application will scan the entire computer and displays all storage drives that are present in system, including the external logical drives that are connected to computer
  • Choose the particular unreadable Micro SD card drive from which you need to retrieve data and click on “Next” button
  • The software starts recovering data from unreadable Micro SD card and displays all the retrieved data in two different views i.e., “Data View” and “File Type View”
  • You can view retrieved data by using the “Preview” option and save them to your desired location (don’t save it to the same Micro SD card)


  • Always have a separate backup of your important Micro SD card data on other reliable storage device
  • Better avoid frequent usage of same Micro SD card on different devices
  • It’s good to cross check for essential data before formatting your Micro SD card

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