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Best SD Card Repair Tools to Repair Corrupt / Damaged SD Card

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Jul 17, 2024 • Filed to: SD Card Solutions • Proven solutions

Q: I think there is some problem with my memory card as it is not showing all my photos and videos that I am sure should be there. Is it possible for a memory card to get corrupt? What are the causes of memory card corruption? How can I repair my damaged card?

An SD card can get corrupt or damaged. It is a very commonly occurring phenomenon. There are a lot of reasons that could be behind the damage. But don’t worry, with Recoverit Data Recovery Software, you will be able to retrieve your data in no time.

Follow the steps stated in this post and you will find your SD card repaired in a new-like condition.


SD cards are a very important part of our lives. Even when today our phones come with such a great in-built memory, SD cards or memory cards have not lost their essence.

SD cards are small removable storage devices that are best when you have to transfer data, especially photos and videos. If you have a camera, then your SD card must mean the world to you. It is this little piece of plastic that has all your moments captured for you to look back after years.

However, what a great pain it would be if your SD card gets corrupted? A damaged or corrupt SD card is not a new issue.

This post will cover the most thought after and asked questions when it comes to a corrupted or damaged SD card. Here you will find the best free SD card repair tools on Windows, along with the best of them all, Recoverit Data Recovery software. Also, you will get to know the easiest, do it yourself solutions to repair the SD card.

Part 1. 5 Best Free SD Card Repair Tools on Windows

All of us are well aware of the fact that SD cards get damaged all the time. And Windows realized the same way before we did because Windows offers us many different free SD card repair tools which work best when you are not in any mood to spend money.

Secondly, these free tools work most of the time and should be your first resort when you come across the situation of a damaged or corrupt SD card.

Here are the 5 best free SD card repair tools on Windows which you can try to repair your SD card:

Tool 1: Windows Disk Management

Anyone who uses Windows knows about Disk Management and also its importance. Disk Management is an in-built disk partitioning tool that enables the users to manage disks and their partitions with basic features such as creating a partition, extending partition, formatting partition, shrinking partition, delete partition, etc.

Disk Management can also be used when and if you are trying to fix and repair your corrupt or damaged SD card. It is done by changing the Drive Letter with Disk management.

Here are the steps telling you how you can do it:

sd card repair tools

sd card partition

disk management

Tool 2: Windows Explorer

You can take to another route if Disk Management did not seem to help you repair your SD card. Windows Explorer is a file manager that helps its user in checking and repairing the user’s SD card if it is corrupted or damaged.

Here are the steps you can follow to recover your card with the help of Windows Explorer:

windows explorer for repair sd card

Tool 3: DiskPart

Numerous multiple times you will wind up at a point where your PC will deny you to design your SD card. While the vast majority accept this is a circumstance that can't be helped, it does, undoubtedly, have a cure.

The least difficult method of experiencing it is with the assistance of a device called DiskPart which is accessible for Windows, 8, 7, Vista, and XP gadgets.

Here are the means you can follow to fix your SD card with the guide of DiskPart:


list disk

select sd card

clear sd card

create partition primary

format card

Tool 4: PowerShell

Windows PowerShell is an object-oriented, task-based command-line scripting language that helps IT professionals automate and control the administration of Windows operating systems.

If you keep on seeing the message ‘please insert SD card’ even when it is inserted, it can mean that it is corrupt or damaged. You can repair your SD card using PowerShell with the following steps:

powershell tool for card repair

Tool 5: CHKDSK

Like any other removable storage device, the SD card also has a limited lifespan. Bad sectors tend to grow once it had been used for a long period. A good way to find errors in the SD card file system is through CHKDSK cmd. Also, if you are looking for a way to repair your SD card without formatting it, then these are the steps you should follow:

fix your corrupted card

disk check cmd

Though it will take some time, you will see 'windows have made corrections to the file system.'

Part 2. More Solutions to Repair the SD Card

Apart from the above-mentioned solutions and fixes, there are certainly other things you can try to repair your SD card.

Solution 1. Test SD Card on another PC or A New Card Reader

Sometimes, the problem might lie in your computer, thus rendering your SD card unreadable. Under such circumstances, you can resort to testing your SD card on another PC. You can take any other PC and try on its various USB ports.

Also, you can try a different card reader, preferably a new one.

test sd card on another pc

Solution 2. Turn Off Write Protection

You might be able to see your SD card on your computer but you might not be able to modify it or make changes to it. If the situation persists, then you might have turned on write protection.

SD cards have a tiny switch kind of thing at their sides. You might have unknowingly turned on the switch which is for write-only protection.

If your SD card does not have a switch and still happens to be write-protected, then follow the following steps:

turn off write protection sd card

Solution 3. Update the SD Card Driver

If you see a yellow sign beside the card reader (on going to Device Manager), then your SD card issues are a play of driver issues.

Here is how you can update the SD card driver:

update the sd card driver

You may be also interested in How to Fix Phone Not Detecting SD Card Problem.

Part 2. How to Recover and Repair Data from Corrupted SD Card?

Recoverit Data Recovery is an efficient and potent data recovery software. It helps you get back all your valuable data including emails, documents, photos, audio files, and videos, swiftly and easily from a laptop, recycle bin, external storage media, internal hard drive, and even a crashed computer, that you thought you had lost forever.

Even a fragmented, corrupt, or damaged video can be repaired with the help of Recoverit Data Recovery Software.

Here are the steps you can follow:

Step 1: Select an area from where you need to begin recouping your ruined documents.

repair data from corrupted sd card

Step 2: Sweep the area for all the degenerate records. You can choose numerous records on the double.

scan location sd card

Step 3: Trust that the examining procedure will finish.

scanning complete for sd card

Step 4: See the record/documents that have been examined. When you see your record/documents and are fulfilled, click on the Recover tab.

preview the file

Introduction to Enhanced Recovery function of Recoverit

Another type of data is Video files. Many a time, you might find that video is corrupted or damaged. The most common sign is when you try to play a video and find yourself unable to do it. Recoverit Data Recovery Ultimate supports an Enhanced Recovery feature that scans, gathers, and matches the fragments of your corrupt videos. Thus ensuring most of your videos are recovered from your Drones, DSLR, Action Cameras, Digital cameras, camcorders, Dashcams, HDD, SD card, PC, etc.

Here are some of the benefits of using the Enhanced Recovery function of Recoverit:

Just click the Enhanced Recovery option to recover fragmented video files easily.

video recovery

Steps to Repair Corrupted Video with Recoverit

Recoverit's Video Repair is a dominant video repair software used to repair broken, corrupt or damaged MP4, MOV, MKV, M2TS, 3GP, MTS, FLV, and AVI file formats.

Two repair modes are supported by it:

  1. Quick repair – it is used to repair various video errors.
  2. Advance repair – it can repair your corrupt videos by analyzing the data and technology of the sample video shot by the same device.

Here are some of the benefits of using Recoverit Video Repair:

Step 1: Add your corrupted videos
Dispatch the application on your PC. To fix your tainted video records, you can include them by clicking the Add catch or "Include video and begin fixing" zone.

add videos

Step 2: Repair your videos
When you have included all the ruined recordings, click on the Repair choice to begin the video fix process.

scan videos

Step 3: Preview the videos
It will require some investment to fix and once it has completed the fix procedure, an update demonstrating data of effective fix will spring up on the screen. Press OK to close the activity.

preview videos

Step 4: Advance mode for severely corrupted video (optional)
On the off chance that the recordings are seriously defiled and not fixed effectively if you don't mind going to the development fix mode. Simply click the Corrupted Video Repair button.

advanced video repair

At that point include an example video and fix it now.

add sample video

Step 5: Save repaired video
The development fix will play out the fixing procedure and brief a triumph message when the procedure is done. Presently, you can play these recordings and you won't perceive any blunder on the screen.

save videos path

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