How can I fix my MicroSD card which shows my data but won’t let me access it?

Annita January 10, 2013
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I have an 8GB MicroSD card that I have used for my Android smartphone, I was recharging my phone and turn on my phone it started mounting my SD card but somehow it didn’t finish and continued booting until a long buzz happened. I was in fear that my data would be lost and pulled it out.

When I put it back into my phone, it would not mount the SD card anymore so I tried to read it with my computer using a card reader. The removable disk drive is shown and I clicked on it and I can see all my data (files) still there but when I click one of the files it won’t be open. When I go back to the folder view all my data has gone, it’s blank. I tried to put it back to drive several times and shown at 1st but when clicked the files it turns blank again.

I’ve tried to fix with “chkdsk [sd card drive letter] /r ” but it wont work. I also have tried to use SD card recovery tools but many require payment.

Can I get my MicroSD fixed? Will it be recoverable? I would prefer to not format it because I need my data urgently. Can someone please help?

Thanks a lot.

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  1. Mark Williams
    March 11, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Try to recover your data with a recovery software. You can find a good recovery software from internet. Select one of the best software and try to scan your sd card with it for the data recovery

  2. Alisa Fish
    February 28, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Have you ever tried recovery software to recover the memory card?
    I think you can take a try for that if your data is important for you.
    Try this tool: http://www.goshareware.com/windows-data-recovery.html
    It is able to ecover deleted, corrupted, missing, or inaccessible data quickly and securely from your PC’s hard drive, USB drives, external hard drives, mobile phones, digital cameras, and other storage media.

  3. Paul Pruitt
    January 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I review a bunch of camera memory recovery freeware here: http://www.s2services.com/cameraundeletefreeware.htm#sthash.fwmma9N5.AMqbHOVn.dpbs

    Also try the freeware unstoppable copier: http://www.roadkil.net/program.php?ProgramID=29

    Also let us know what kind of data files you have. Some can be recovered if partially corrupt. If there are Office files, look at my freeware: http://www.godskingsandheroes.info/software/.

  4. Jim Chambers
    January 11, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Use a program like EaseUS Todo Free or EaseUS Disk Copy Home Ed. to make a sector by sector clone of your microSD card and then try to recover files from the clone and not the original as every time you access it may cause further damage.

    • Yiz Borol
      January 11, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Great idea! before you follow my directions do this^^

  5. ha14
    January 10, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    1. Connect your memory card as Mass Storage
    2. Type in the command prompt: attrib -s -h -r -a /s /d drive_letter:*.*
    3. Scan your drive/memory card before deleting exe and shortcuts.
    *** “drive_letter:” may be E, F, see which one is yours.

  6. Yiz Borol
    January 10, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    While not exactly what happened to you, I'd recommend finding a file restoration program (http://lifehacker.com/393084/how-to-recover-deleted-files-with-free-software) use that on your SD card.

    Let me know if that works.

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