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SD card is damaged, try reformatting it? SD card in Android is corrupted or damaged? This article will share some ways to fix damaged sd card when it has errors on the phone or camera.

Damaged SD Card in Android Mobile - Error Message

memory card recovery"When I attempted to take some pictures by using my Android phone, it says there is no valid storage media, but there is a 4GB memory card in the phone. After reinserting the memory card to my phone for several times, I receive another message saying SD card damaged you may have to reformat it. The memory card contains more than 1000 pictures and some videos.

When a phone says memory card is damaged, how to remove the damaged sd card error or fix the card?

The question: How do I recover files from sd card when it reports 'SD card is damaged. Try reformatting it', or other error messages when sd card is damaged on phone.

The truth: Users may wonder whether can damaged sd card be fixed on mobile phone without computer. Here are some quick fix methods to get the sd card work with phone.

  • Unmount sd card from phone storage settings, and then reload sd card
  • Format sd card on the phone by format sd card or erase sd card (they are almost the same)

Here comes the following way to repair damaged sd card if the above ways could not help.

Repair sd card without formatting? Recover data from sd card at first by jumping here.

Repair Damaged Memory Card with 3 free methods [Efficient]

When sd card is not working properly, the first thing you should do is to extract all important data from the damaged memory card. Then, you can format the memory card to fix the error since formatting always regenerates the sd card to be a new one without data.

Also read: how to repair sd card without formatting

Solution 1: You can quick format the memory card in your Android phone.

Solution 2: Connect the card to your computer, and format it with Windows built-in format tool.

Format sd to fix undetected error

Solution 3: Format it under Disk Management

Format the undetected pen drive with Disk ManagementFormat the memory card with Disk Management

Also read: sd card format tools [5 free]

If it says Windows was unable to format the disk, try Disk Management to delete the sd card in disk management at first(right click the sd card under disk management, delete it and then create a new volume for it).

Format sd card with Disk Management

Right click the sd card under disk management, and then create a new volume for it.

Format sd card with Disk Management

Also read: unable to format sd card fix [5 fixes]

If Disk Management does not work either, you can try CMD to fix it. Here I will introduce a simple solution to fix the error with command prompt.

Repair damaged Memory Card with cmd

When you attempt to access your memory card, it says memory card is damaged and you need to reformat it to fix the error? Since the memory card can still be recognized, the memory card is not physically damaged. So you still have chance to recover the damaged memory card.

Step1: insert your SD card into computer with a card reader. Run CMD.

Repair damaged SD card with CMDRepair damaged SD card with CMD

Step2: Type“format l: /fs:ntfs”(l is the drive letter of your raw SD card)

Repair damaged SD card with CMDRepair damaged SD card with CMD

But if your SD card is physically damaged, you need to repair it at a local digital repair shop. Or you may read this guide:

Here are some other common sd card error messages that may happen

Data Recovery from Phone Damaged SD Card

If you receive memory card damaged message on your phone or computer, you still have chance to restore files from the sd card by iCare Data Recovery Pro.

Free Memory Card Recovery


Download iCare Data Recovery Pro Free to recover files from mobile phone camera memory card including photos, videos, music...

Step1. Download iCare Pro, Install and run iCare Data Recovery and choose a recovery module.

select recovery mode

Step2.  Select the memory card and wait when the software is scanning.

wait while scanning

Step3. You can preview found pictures after scanning. Then, you can recover all files you need.

preview found photo

Also read: 7 ways to fix damaged sd card, memory card recovery software free

Last updated on Nov 28, 2023

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