How to Recover Data from Dead SD Card

"Hello! I cannot access my SD card in my digital camera. Inserting the SD card to computer, Windows system also disables me to access the card. The SD card is corrupted. Can you tell me how to recover files from a dead SD card?"

"I connected my SD card to my PC, but system still says please insert disk in drive when I clicked the drive letter of the SD card. Under Disk Management, SD card shows RAW file system and has 0 byte space. Please tell me if there is any way to fix the problem and recover data off RAW SD card."

"My SD card is dead when I connected it to my computer because it stopped working normally, but I have lots of important data on the card. Can anybody tell me how to get back files from SD card that is dead?"

"I need to fix error on my SD card because I cannot access pictures, but I have tired all my best. SD card shows blank and has unsupported file system. Does anybody know the solution for damaged SD card recovery?"

Data Recovery from Dead SD Card

When SD card stops working, you should make sure if the SD card physically damaged. As long as the SD card is not physically damaged, you can use iCare Data Recovery Pro to recover data off dead SD card. This software allows you to recover all types of files from SD card which is not readable. Now, you can free download the best software recover deleted files from SD card by following the steps below:

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Step1. Run the software and select a recovery module.

select recovery mode

Step2. Select the SD card as aim disk and let the software scan it for lost files.

wait while scanning

Step3. You can preview the found files and recover the data you need.

preview found photo

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Things You Need to Pay Attention to Recover Data off Corrupted SD Card

iCare Data Recovery Pro provides easy solution for corrupted SD memory card file recovery, but you should pay attention to following points:

1. Stop performing any operation on the dead SD card

No matter what kind of error message you receive when you attempt to open your SD card, you had better ignore the error message and do not fix the error before getting lost files.

2. Do not let the SD card suffer physical damage

You should protect the SD card from being physically damaged. If the SD card is physically damaged, you may be unable to recover files.

3. Do not save the recovered files to dead SD card

When you save the recovered files, you should not save them to the dead SD card.

How to Fix Damaged SD Card?

If you just want to buy a new SD card to replace the damaged one, you can stop after recovering all files from the dead SD memory card using the data recovery software recommended in this article. However, if you still want to fix the damaged SD memory card, keep reading to get the proper solution. Usually, there are following common situations to fix a dead SD card:

Situation 1: SD card reports error message preventing access to any file

In this situation, you can see that SD card still shows as a "Storage" on your android phone or appears as a removable disk on computer, but any access to the card is refused and the card pops up some error message such as:

For all those errors on an SD card, the common way to fix it is to reformat the SD card. However, there are some other methods to repair each problem. Please search on our site to find corresponding articles to know details of solutions for different SD card errors.

Situation 2: SD card has no response after clicking it

If you run into this situation, SD card usually shows normally on your phone or computer, but there is no response no matter what operation you perform on it. This problem is usually caused by bad sectors on the SD card or the SD card has infection.

Situation 3: SD card does not show up

If SD card cannot show on your phone or computer, the situation becomes even worse. Simply say, the problem might be:

  • SD card is physically damaged – Usually, there is no way to fix a physically damaged unless you send it to professional memory card repair service
  • SD card is logical corrupted – This problem results from various kinds of reasons including SD card file system corruption, poor connection, insufficient power supply, etc.

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Last updated on Oct 20, 2021

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