How to Retrieve Files from Damaged SD Card?

“This morning when I connected my SD card to Windows desktop, I received an error message stating ‘SD card is damaged. Try to reformat it’. I didn’t format the card as it consists of many important files such as thousands of pictures, latest collection of movies and songs, etc. I don’t want to lose any files from it. Is it possible to retrieve lost files from SD card? Any kind of reliable suggestions are welcomed!!!”

When your SD card is damaged due to any reasons, your data present in it becomes inaccessible usually. At this moment, you can try few manual ways to recover files. One thing to note is that stop using corrupted SD card to save new files until you fully get back your information, otherwise you will face severe data recovery issue.

The following symptoms occur if your SD card gets corrupt:

Whenever you try to open SD card via desktop, none of the files appears on it or sometimes pops up with an error note saying ‘Read/write error on SD card’ and making device unreadable. You may also get error message like ‘corrupt SD card’ while trying to access your data on it and lose most of the files. Your SD card is recognized by computer but unable to view saved files and showing ‘SD card not formatted do you want to format it’. Moreover able to view your content in your PC as well as in your phone or camera but unable to transfer those content because of ‘write protected’.

Whenever your SD card gets damaged, you can try this handy step to fix these issues:

Some of the device might not read your SD card; therefore connect the card to another device. If it doesn’t work, insert the damaged SD card into card reader and connect it to desktop. Now click on Start option and select Computer option and search for SD card under Device with Removable Storage and note assigned drive letter. Again click on Start button and type ‘cmd’ on search box. Select ‘Run as administrator’ option by right clicking ‘cmd’. A command window opens and you can type ‘chkdsk’ followed by drive letter respective to SD card, followed by colon and /f. Click on Enter. Here the ‘chkdsk’ will check for possible errors and tries to rectify it. Finally verify whether your files are restored or not by checking your SD card assigned drive letter.

If the above mentioned procedure do not work and if you are still thinking how to recover files from damaged SD card, then it is better to use eminent file recovery tool to easily bring back files from corrupted SD card.

Features of software:

The exact product to recover files from SD card on various versions of Windows system is Yodot Photo Recovery. By using this utility you can recover deleted or lost music files, video files, pictures, RAW images, Office files, compressed files and other documents. Even a non-technical user can bring back their files without facing any problem with the help of option provided. This tool can recover damaged partition, memory card (SD card, XD card, memory stick, etc.), pen drives, SSD, external hard drives and many more. This program is compatible on Windows OS such as Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.

How to use the product:

  • Connect the damaged SD card to healthy Windows computer
  • Download and install Yodot Photo Recovery software on it
  • Launch the tool and follow given on screen instruction
  • Select ‘Delete Photo Recovery’ option to retrieve erased file from PC
  • Otherwise choose ‘Lost Photo Recovery’ option to recover lost files from it
  • This software scans entire hard drive and displays all logical drives that are present on it
  • Select SD card drive from where you want to recover files and go next
  • The application scans selected drive and displays all recovered files in two vies like ‘Data View’ and ‘File Type View’
  • By using Preview option you can view restored files and save them to desired destination location utilizing Save option

Dos and Don’ts:

  • Maintain regular backup to avoid data loss
  • Check twice before deleting files from SD card

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