How To Fix a Corrupted or Damaged microSD Memory Card

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microSD cards are used to store information on a variety of devices, including cameras, smartphones, and tablets. However, they can easily be damaged or corrupted, resulting in the loss of the information that they store.

A microSD card may become damaged for several reasons. For example, this can happen if you remove it without first safely ejecting it or turning off the mobile device. It can also be damaged if you leave it inserted for too long in a computer that is in sleep or hibernation mode. Additionally, your computer will not be able to read files from your microSD card if the card has been infected with malware. Therefore, it is advisable to analyze the card with an antivirus before opening its contents.

How To Repair a Damaged microSD Memory Card

Before repairing your microSD card, we recommend that you download Recuva and try to recover as much information as possible.

After you have done this, insert the microSD card into the PC, right click on the memory card drive, and select Properties. Go to Tools > Check.

If the result indicates that the card is empty, go to Folder Options > View .
Check the box next to Show hidden files, folders and drives, and click OK.

How To Recover Files from a Corrupted microSD Card

To repair the corrupted files on your microSD card, right-click the Start button and select Command Prompt (Administrator). Enter the SFC/SCANNOW command, and press Enter.

The files on the microSD card will, then, be scanned and repaired. The process can take between ten and 20 minutes, depending on the speed of your equipment.

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