How can I fix a broken MicroSD Card?

Osama March 7, 2010

I have an LG KG300 which supports 1 GB MicroSD Card. Today when I switched ON my cell phone, I am unable to open anything on card and it is showing total space 0 KB and free space also 0 KB. Also on connecting to PC it is not opening. Kindly tell me what to do now?

  1. sander
    May 8, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I have same problem

  2. crisaldy mendoza
    May 6, 2012 at 4:25 am

    I am unable to open anything on card and it is showing total space 0 KB and free space also 0 KB. Also on connecting to PC it is not opening. Kindly tell me what to do now?Today when I switched ON my cell phone.

  3. jake acebes
    April 29, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Hi i lost memory card 6 month and now i found it. i tried to opened it thru a memory card reader but it does not open and it says it requires formatting. I dont want to reformat it because it contains some important documents.

  4. JM
    April 24, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Hi i lost memory card 6 month and now i found it. i tried to opened it thru a memory card reader but it does not open and it says it requires formatting. I dont want to reformat it because it contains some important documents.

  5. Max
    April 20, 2012 at 10:07 am

    hey pleaseee help me as i put my memory card in p.c or my cell it asks for a format but i dont want to format it any how plz helpppp  

  6. Sefsd
    April 15, 2012 at 11:43 am

    i acidently snapped my memory card in haf but it is still together  its not showing up on me phone how to i ix it?

  7. Fomoco14
    April 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    My micro sd got run over and it looks a little bent, not much and its not broken in half it does get warm though when i try to run it, how can i get my pics off of there??  Is there any way??

  8. Doucevanne
    February 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I had my sd card on my Lg optimus, my phone got broke by brother :( now when I try to use my sd card on my samsung or other phone it says:please insert a sd card???please help I need to recover pictures and videos :(

    • Chatra
      May 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      the same thing happened to me. i havent found anything. tried reformatting it but it says external media in unknown state

  9. Melchorjuan89
    February 21, 2012 at 6:44 am

    I what t know how to fix my mini SD card my phone or computer can't read itit

  10. Sohnipak007
    February 17, 2012 at 2:45 am

    my microso sd locked. when i put in the   cardreader .there is no any mamory card . so how i can get back my pics ?

  11. Marisse Aquino
    February 8, 2012 at 6:41 am

    how to fix my memory card that is hatch into 2 ... all my files in my computer is inserted their .. tell me plss how ..

  12. Rahul_studdanddude
    January 29, 2012 at 8:16 am

    my chip is a bit cracked from downwards(from the broad line thick 1  ) so is there any chance that i can fix it up

  13. Bikercheo
    January 13, 2012 at 2:37 am

    I need Help as everybody here.. I have a Micro SD card, but my Evo 4G doesn't recognized it now I trying it in my laptop and still doesn't work , I had also inserted it in my friend's cell but nothing (is not broken) I can't see any scratches either.....What should I do in order to recover or make it work?
    thanks in advance

    • christina
      April 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      the same thiing happened to my evo please if you get a response on how to do it please let me know. because sprint couldnt help me

  14. leonheart
    December 28, 2011 at 12:58 am

    my BB mobile cant read anymore my 2gb SD card but when i connect to pc it can read and open but when i formatting it it will gone and cannot be recognize and cannot read my pc anymore...PLS help me to recover my sd card plss...

  15. Ruchitamandan
    October 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    hey am having 8gb mini sd card which i was using in my blackberry buh all of sudden it got corrupted...and when ever i tires to open says insert the memory card while its in there only...please help me how can i fix that one cos am having my family picture init 

    • luckydestroyer
      October 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm

      I had the same problem with my cards I am still looking for a way to have them repaired when they heat up. I do know it is physical damage and requires tools that criminal forensics can obtain. As for corrupted files I do not recommend reformatting I give it to my friend who fixes them within an hour. I have everyone I know take them to him.

      • ruchitamandan
        November 19, 2011 at 9:09 am

        buh still it doesn't help me please suggest me something how can i repair the sd card and format even doesn't matter 

        • needserioushelpkr
          November 23, 2011 at 8:34 pm

          My SD card was in my phone. I was taking pics when all of a sudden it said insert SD card. Phone doesn't recognize SD card. Neither does card reader or computer. All my photos, videos, and music are gone. I only care about the photos. Took to a data recovery (data doctors) place...paid $90 and they said recovery not possible...irreversible electronic failure. Anything else possible to do?!

        • Tina
          December 2, 2011 at 9:18 pm

          I'm afraid there is not much else you can do. Sorry!

        • Iloveplatypis
          April 10, 2012 at 2:42 am

          Go the freak away you don't help anybody!!!

  16. This-is-jean-shinshaka-jearc
    October 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    my memory card freezes and makes every program i open with not to respond. run, recovery software, right clicking of double clicking, it freezes every program, even task manager

    • Tina
      October 12, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      If you would like to know how you can fix this issue, I recommend you to ask a new question. Please click the Ask a Question button in the top left of MakeUseOf Answers and fill in the question form. Thank you!

    • Ahmad Shakil92
      November 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      if you can sacrifice your data put it in card reader boot your computer with windows cd it will show below to your hdd format it it will work fine

  17. Lucy_rose_richmond
    October 6, 2011 at 2:38 am

    hello there i have a sony ericsson xperia x10 and my micro sd snapped slightly it worked fine for a bit then all of a sudden it started to say no memory card inserted please insert a new one and it wont reconize it in a different computer or phone all i really really want off it is my photos but i dont want to pay for special fixtures

    • Tina
      October 8, 2011 at 10:08 am


      try the advice above. If that doesn't work and you don't want to pay for a recovery service, then I'm afraid there is not much that can be done. Please let us know in case you find a way to rescue your photos!

  18. zisi
    September 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    my sd card is not from metal connectors is broken..somebody can change?

  19. Dalcalster
    September 23, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I have a kingston 4gb micro sd card, which I used in my mobile. Suddenly I have found that the card is not detecting by my mobile after that I have tried to access the card through PC & laptop but none of the device can detect the same. Is it completely corrupted?

    • Tina
      September 23, 2011 at 6:33 pm


      have you tried any of the tips above? There are a number of things you can try, but unfortunately, these things do break at some point.

      • Shivani Verma
        November 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm

        hey tina, i tried all the above tips and none of them worked... it is inaccessible in pc or a mobile phone... what to do... i bought the memory card 2 to 3 months ago only.. help me please...

        • Tina
          November 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm


          as I responded in the other thread, sometimes there is not much you can do. If you only bought it a few months ago, maybe you still have warranty and can at least get a new card.

  20. Adryano_66
    September 14, 2011 at 2:40 am

    my sd had ben broken can i have some help

  21. Adryano_66
    September 14, 2011 at 2:39 am

    my sd its broken can i have som help from u plz

  22. Joan Añasco
    August 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I have a kingston micro sd card. Its in my hands for over 2 years or 3. And yesterday its was on my cellphone and before I go to sleep, my sd card wasnt recognized in my phone. I tried to insert it to my classmate's phone and none. And when they got their sd in my phone, it worked, when i tried mine again, the sd card pic in my phone doesn't show. When I tried to format it in the computer, it won't open, when i try to open, it says that there is no inserted disk... What do i do? Please helpp!

    • Annjnichols
      September 8, 2011 at 2:25 am

      How about this, this happened to my daughter and I tried it in my phone same thing. So I put it in a bigger card reader to try it in my computer and it started smoking and when I pulled it out right away I got burned!! Thank goodness I didn't walk away and that our phones and my computer were not damaged! I cannot believe this happened. I tested my computers sd slot with another card after it cooled down and it worked fine. It was that micro card, didn't know that could be so dangerous! 

    • kazimraza
      January 27, 2012 at 3:42 am

      is ur card working now joan anasco

  23. Sevan Aghazarian25
    August 22, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    it is for my micro sd card.

  24. Sevan Aghazarian25
    August 22, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    where can i get some professional service help from?

    • Ajaz Ahmed Memon
      March 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      my micro card is cant be format and not a detect my nokia x2 phone what can i do please tell me 

  25. Crazidude
    June 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    plz if anybody knows ho to fix this problem pls mail me.

    • Tina
      June 16, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      If none of the tips above work, I'm afraid you are out of luck. You could still turn to a (costly) professional service to have your data recovered. That's the only other advice I have, everything else has been said.

  26. Crazidude
    June 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    got the same problem as jesse. the computer just wont detect the memory card. plz help!!

  27. Jesse96138
    June 10, 2011 at 1:27 am

    my micro sd card was fried and will not read anywhere SOME ONE PLEASE HELP MME IX IT IT HAS MY FAV PIC OF MY BOYFRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Tina
      June 10, 2011 at 2:45 am


      what do you mean it was fried? What did you do to it? I think you should post a new question.

  28. Manoj
    May 17, 2011 at 6:01 am

    My 2GB micro sd card broken when it was my pocket. Please help me.

  29. Adhamyaqub
    March 28, 2011 at 8:57 am

    hello my microsd is show this problem ( is not accessible ,the parameter is incorrect) ?
    and I can't formatting ?
    please help me

    • Tina
      March 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm

      I recommend that you post a new question! Come to answers and click the Ask a Question link, currently located in the top left.

  30. Anonymous
    April 9, 2010 at 4:30 am

    the memory card is actually for my nokia 6300 mobile phone so who would i take it to?

  31. Anonymous
    April 8, 2010 at 4:32 am

    what can i do about getting my photos and some voice recordings off my MicroSD card that has snapped, not completely but it's not working?

    • Tina
      April 8, 2010 at 6:32 pm

      If the card is physically damaged (snapped) and is no longer recognized by your computer, then there is little chance you'll be able to recover the data yourself or with free tools.

      There are data recovery companies that may be able to recover your data, but that's an expensive option.

      To hear different opinions and receive all the advice possible, I would recommend you to post this as a new question.

      • John_629
        November 11, 2010 at 10:21 am

        Hello Maam Tina Im John , my microsd was broken by my neice and was lost, inside are passwords, bank account nos and am afraid it will fall into the wrong hands can it be use and whoever finds it can they put it back together and run my files?

        • Tina
          November 11, 2010 at 4:37 pm


          was it physically broken? In that case I wouldn't worry. The likelihood that someone finds it who is able to put it back together and read the files is very low.

          If it didn't bear any physical damage and was simply no longer recognized by your computer, then someone with a bit of technical knowledge and persistence may be able to access the data.

          In any case, you should regularly change your passwords, if at all possible.

          If this answer isn't sufficient, I ask you to post a new question. Thank you!

        • John_629
          November 13, 2010 at 8:21 am

          It was broken crosswise and couldnt find it anymore

        • John_629
          November 14, 2010 at 6:43 am

          Yeas it was physically snapped crosswise and broken into 2

        • SADIQ AHMED
          February 6, 2012 at 11:10 am

          PLEASE HEIP ME PLZ PLZ .....
          HOW COULD I RESET IT????

  32. Anonymous
    March 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Before trying to format the drive losing all of your data run a check disk - you can follow step two from Guy's MakeUseOf Article Here // and if that doesn't work the third step will walk you through Saikat's option to format.

  33. Saikat Basu
    March 8, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Clean the metal connectors with a rubber or a cotton swab. It could be a physical reason. Try opening it on other devices and if successful, you can do a format to start afresh. These two are the basic first steps, I can think of right now. Let us know if you are successful.

    • Anonymous
      February 20, 2012 at 12:45 am

       not successful

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