How do you fix a broken sandisk flash drive or memory card? If this troubles, here is the guide for repairing damaged sandisk media with free sandisk recovery/format tools.
This article contains three parts including
Sandisk pen drive repair utility
#1 Sandisk SD/Pendrive/SSD Data Recovery Software
The first recovery tool comes for the Sandisk inside data when your flash memory stored files and became corrupted, it is essential for performing sandisk data recovery ahead of all the rest repairing.
You may go to the #2 repair tool if you don't care about the data inside of your sandisk flash memory.
Step1. Download iCare Pro Free, and connect your flash memory to your computer
Step2. Wait the software to scan your Sandisk card/drive.
Step3. Restore them to another destination.
Once your files in Sandisk usb/sd/ssd are recovered, you may use what ever programs to repair the damaged Sandisk storage devices, we just won't recommend you do a low level formatting.
#2 Repair Sandisk USB/SD with Windows Error Checking
Windows provides built in utility called 'Error checking' for any digital devices that you may use it for repairing unknow bad blocks, bad file systems... This could be ranked as the easiest Windows 10 Sandisk repair tool.
How to open Windows error checking? Follow this route.
This PC -> Flash Drive/SD, right click -> Properties
Right click Sandisk usb drive properties to start repairing in Windows 10
The repair tool in Sandisk flash memory located under its Properties -> Tools -> Check, and you may start the repairing.
Repair Sandisk flash drive in Windows 10 with Error Checking
Video - how to repair corrupted sd/usb flash drive
#3 Repair Sandisk Registry by Sandisk official guide
Sandisk official site shares the damaged sandisk could be caused by corrupted registry that they recommend delete this registry and then reinstall the Sandisk flash memory device to get the problem fixed. Here are the steps to follow.
Step 1. Back up the registry
1. Remove your Sandisk flash memory from your computer.
2. Run regedit.
3. From the registry menu, choose "File" > "Export".
4. Name the file SNDK.reg and save it to your computer.
This backup would restore everything back to normal if you have mistakenly edited the registry incorrect.
Step 2. Remove VID_0781, the SanDisk registry info (Only the Sandisk Registry VID_0781)
1. Start 'regedit' from the 'Search the web and Windows' in your computer, click "Edit" and choose "Find".
2. Type in VID_0781 and click "Find" Next.
3. Delete it by right clicking the registry key VID_0781 and select "delete" in the option. Not finished, more VID_0781 to delete in the following steps.
4. Press the F3 key on your keyboard to find other keys that includes VID_0781.
5. Right-click every key that includes VID_0781 and delete them one by one.
6. Repeat this process until No results Found.
7. Reboot your computer and insert your Sandisk storage device into your computer for new installation by the pc.
NOTE: If some registry keys containing VID_0781 reported as "* be protected and cannot be deleted", just skip them.
#4 Sandisk Repair Tool - HP USB Format Tool to format sandisk sd/usb fat32/exfat
When your Sandisk usb flash or sd is not working, Sandisk format tool like HP USB Format Tool can fix the errors by formatting it. You may choose file system fat32/exfat/ntfs as you wish in HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool.
HP usb format tool as Sandisk format tool to fix sandisk usb/sd errors
Note: when we Google 'sandisk usb repair tool', Sandisk website pop up in the list with its page, included below, telling users to format sandisk usb flash drive to fat32 format using third party applications, however the tool fat32 format linked on Sandisk page to https://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/guiformat.htm was not opening, probably due to server overload or server down time.
It proves one thing - Sandisk recommend users to fix damaged sandisk flash memory by formatting.
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#5 Repair Damaged Sandisk with cmd chkdsk
You may use 'chkdsk h: /f' to fix your sandisk usb/disk (h shall be replaced with your own sandisk drive letter in your computer).
#6 Repair Corrupted Sandisk with cmd diskpart format/convert
#7 Repair Corrupted Sandisk with Partition Master Free
Easeus Partition Master Free provides many functions for repairing your flash devices including formatting Sandisk usb drive, deleting Sandisk usb, creating new partition for Sandisk device, repairing damaged MBR in this free tool that worth a trial for your corrupted device.
EASY, EASY, EASY!!! It's not big deal when your Sandisk usb stick or SSD became damaged when you have restored your files successfully and there is no important files inside of the Sandisk usb flash drive. You should get files rescued the first time.
The manufacturer never want to produce Sandisk to get damaged, however there are risks for digital devices to get damaged due to three kinds of causes
Here are a lists of errors that may happen to your Sandisk usb flash drive or Sandisk SSD, memory card.
Error #1 - SanDisk USB Flash Drive Cannot Be Recognized, Not Showing UP
Sandisk usb drive not recognized in computer
When your Sandisk flash drive could no longer be detected, it won't show up in Windows 10/8/7 Computer, or it shows blank in computer.
Sandisk usb drive not recognized in computer
Or you Sandisk sd card cannot be detected in camera or mobile phone
Error #2 - SanDisk USB Drive No Media or SSD Shows No Media
When you connected you sandisk flash drive, ssd or memory card to your computer, it may show no media in disk management or it reported there is no media in the device by diskpart.
Sandisk no media in disk management
Error #3 - SanDisk USB Write Protected - Can't Format/Delete
When you try to save data to the sandisk flash drive, or ssd, it may report with error message saying it is write protected, especially when you want to format sandisk cruzer or blaze, it just keeps unchanged.
Sandisk usb drive write protected cannot format
Solution - when it is unable to format sandisk usb/ssd, unable to delete its files, unable to change the inside data, it means your sandisk flash drive is with write protected.
-> Quick Fix: you may remove the write protection by the following cmd
Remove write protection by resetting the computer registry
Error #4 - SanDisk USB Pen Drive or SD Card File System RAW Repairing
Sandisk usb flash file sytem raw format used space shows 0 bytes
Error #5 - SanDisk Other Errors
There are other frequent errors for Sandisk flash memory such as
When the Sandisk usb flash drive or memory card will not work no matter what repair tool have been used for the fixing, the damage was beyond repairing? This could happen when it is running out of life span, the chips are dying... or it had suffered physical damages and could no longer be repaired, here are some solutions for you.
Don't worry, Sandisk Pen Drives are not that expensive, Sandisk memory card, sdhc, sdxc, micro sd card, mini sd card are ranging from low price to high price, Sandisk SSDs are a big cost for many users. Next time, be careful when you encounter the same situation that may bring the loss. Just try to avoid the damage and loss.
As we know Sandisk, one of the well-known manufacturers of flash memory devices, has been acquired by Western Digital, the new owner of Sandisk, all sales of Sandisk flash memory products and support service are hosted by Western Digital.
Flash memory devices such as flash drives, memory cards are mostly used for work and entertainment, and ssd, shorted for solid state disk, is favored by many customers and Sandisk has been one of outstanding large manufacturers for such flash memory drives.
First Things First
When your Sandisk flash memory stick, ssd, memory card became corrupted, inaccessible, unrecognized..., the first thing is to stop using your usb flash drive, or ssd. Here is a list of what's emergency to you.
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