Can I recover data from my MicroSD card if my phone says it’s damaged?

Melissa Matkovi? May 25, 2012

When I go to my photo album or go to take a photo using my HTC Sense it says I have to put the SD card in, but it’s already in. Then it comes up with a message saying that my SD card is damaged.

How can I recover and then restore the data?

  1. Munaquib Zaid
    November 8, 2012 at 10:54 am

    whenever my SD card shows Disk error...
    Can i Recover my data before Formate....plz answer

  2. maria
    September 4, 2012 at 6:54 am

    I have htc explorer .i restart my ph and after that sd card damage problem came . Plz tell me how can i fix it i have tried many sd card but doesnt work

  3. vajja
    July 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    hi, i used to use nokia express music 5130 ..the memory card i used was 2gb transcend micro sd... when my phone got corrupted i changed my phone and inserted the memory card its asking me for a password i tried but of no use. i even tried in card reader the pc is not recognizing it... i even put the memory card in other phones it is not being recognized... i want to recover the data can anyone plss help me its important for me......

    • ??
      August 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      The same thing happened to me and I had no choice but to format it!!

    May 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Hello, have you tried restarting your phone when it tells you your memory card is damaged? Android based phones have been known to report a damage memory card. I used to have an older model that would tell me from time to time that memory card was damaged. Then, I would proceed to restart phone and card would be ok. You can also try unmounting the card and then mount it back to see if message goes away.

    With regards to recovering data, yes it is possible depending on what the damage is. If the damage is extreme, I am afraid you would need the services of a recovery professional. Most times if damage is minimal you can try free software such as Recuva to recover it. Here are some links for recovery software:




  5. Oron
    May 25, 2012 at 11:06 am

    As others suggest, plug the card into a card reader on a PC, and try Recuva (from or Pandora Recovery (from to recover the files to the PC's hard disc. Then format your disc and try it again on the phone.

  6. ha14
    May 25, 2012 at 7:56 am

    if you want to recover photos then windows or mac or linux must recognize the microsd card.
    if on windows try o repair the card
    Click Start and then Run. Type cmd and then click OK. Type the following:
    chkdsk [sd card drive letter] /r
    this will Scan for and attempt Recovery of bad sectorsor
    chkdsk [sd card drive letter] /f
    this will Automatically Fix file system errors on the disk

  7. Kyem Ghosh
    May 25, 2012 at 1:51 am

    see if it is rightly inserted.... If all is ok in your phone, bring that out to a pc and try to connect it with a card reader. If it works in your pc, its all ok. Create a back up to ur pc and format it.... And if it doesnot work on pc, then I thing the FAT file system is affected, you'll have no other way to go... But there is 90% chance, you can get it detected by your pc. If it is damaged, you'll not be able to copy your data to ur pc (pc will get hanged)... Chk your lck...

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