Simple Methods to Repair Corrupted Pen Drive or SD Card

In this article, you will be coming across various methods which will help you to repair your corrupted SD cards or Pen drives. This is a very common problem faced by many people these days.

It is very frustrating when the SD card or pen drive gets corrupted. Most people spend hours to get their storage device back in working condition. You might have also gone through this situation where you try serval methods and end up wasting your time but no worries now we have various simple, easy and fast methods to repair your corrupted SD card or Pen drive.

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This includes all the working methods to repair corrupted storage device. Also including the repair via Windows command prompt, Installing the USB drives etc. check out the methods below and repair you storage device quickly.

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Change the drive letter

Your PC sometimes fails to assign a drive letter to your storage device(like A, E, F). This is the main reason that the file’s on that device can’t be accessed.

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Follow the steps given down to fix your corrupted pen drive/memory card by assigning a drive letter to your storage device –

Step 1: Connect your storage device to your PC.

Step 2: Right-click on My Computer/This PC > Select Manage option from the menu.

Step 3: Now click on the Disk Management wait for some seconds till Virtual disk show up in the middle of the menu.

Step 4: Click to select your storage device > Right click > Select the Change Drive Letter and Paths option.

Step 5: Click the drive letter (it turns blue) click on Change.

Step 6: Select the drive letter you want to assign from the given drop down list > Click Ok

Use it on another PC

Your PC might have some issue, that issue can the reason that it is not running the USB flash drive. We recommend connecting your SD card/Pen drive to another PC. It may work and you can take a backup of your data through it.

Use another USB port

It may look like what the use of connecting the Pen drive/SD card to other ports, in some cases the USB port you are using might be damaged or the port may have some sort of software issue which we will be covering in the fourth method. You can simply try to connect it using different USB port and it may work.

Reinstalling the Drivers

On the important reasons that your Pen drive gets corrupted is that your PC might not have the required drivers (the drivers might be outdated) to detect the storage media.  Follow the steps given down to Reinstall/Update the drivers.

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Step 1:  Right-click on My Computer/This PC > Select Manage option from the menu.

Step 2: Click on Device Manager which will be located on the left side.

Step 3: Now Double-click on Disk Drives from the list. Then Right-click on the name of your storage media.

Step 4: Click on Uninstall > Ok.

Step 5: Eject your storage media and restart your PC.

Step 6: Connect you Storage media again, your PC will be able to detect it.

Repairing the corrupted Pen drive or SD card using Windows Explorer

The most simple way to repair your corrupted storage media which is connected to your PC.

Step 1: Go to My Computer/This PC.

Step 2: Select your corrupted storage media and Right-click on it.

Step 3: Click on Format from the given options.

Step 4: Click on the Restore Device Defaults form the popup window.

Step 5: To begin the process of formatting, click on Start. Check the Quick Format option form the first time. If you want your PC to dig deep and scan your storage media to find out the errors(It will take time) then uncheck the Quick format option.

Step 6: A dialog box will appear saying that the data will be lost, click on Ok. It will take a few moments to complete the format process let it complete and you will have an error-free SD card/Pen drive.

Repairing corrupted SD card/Pen drive using CMD

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In this method, we will be using Windows Command Prompt (CMD) commands to forcefully format your corrupted storage media.

Step 1: Connect your corrupted pen drive/SD card to your computer.

Step 2: Bring your mouse icon to the start button and Right-click on it.

Step 3: Select the Command Prompt (Admin) option. A CMD window will be opened.

Step 4: Type the command as given down in the CMD window and press enter,


Step 5: Type the command as given down in the CMD window and press enter, this will display all the storage components attached to the PC

list disk

Step 6: Type the command as given down in the CMD window and press enter, (Eg. select disk 0). If you type the wrong number of the disk you might format the internal hard drive. Make sure to check it twice.

select disk <number of the disk>

Step 7: Type the command as given down in the CMD window and press enter, it will clean the disk completely.


Step 8: Type the command as given down in the CMD window,

create partition primary

press enter,


press enter,

select partition 1

press enter.

Step 9:  Type the command as given down in the CMD window and press enter, it will format the storage media into fat 32 type.

format fs=fat32

You can NFTS instead of fat32 if you will store files greater than 4GB.

Step 10: Let the format process complete. Do not close the window until the process gets completed.

Removing bab sectors and repairing SD card/Pen drive

Data is stored in different sectors on the storage device. In some cases, the sectors become unusable, which eventually gives rise to bad sectors. You can perform a USB drive repair by running some simple commands.

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Recover lost Data

The SD card/Pen drive must be in working in order to recover data from it. You can use Sandisk Rescue Pro which will help you to recover your data in case you have deleted your files or formatted your SD card/Pen Drive by mistake. You can also use other recovery software as Recuva, Disk drill, or Ease US.

Using tools provided by SD card/Pen drives manufacturers

The storage device manufacturers like Samsung, SanDisk, Sony, etc, provide a utility tool for the formatting and repair purposes. This tools can be very useful to fix/restore Pen drive/SD cards to their full strength.

You can get these tools by visiting their brand’s website or by contacting the corresponding support. These repair methods do work and will repair your storage device successfully. SD association also provides a tool know as SDFormatter which can be used with SD, SDXC, and SDHC card. It is now available for MacOD and also Windows.

Other SD card related problems

As going through the article, you might have thought that the solution for repairing the SD cards and Pen drives is similar but this is not the case they both have a different kind of hardware. SD cards have several issues which block’s you to use them.

The issue with external card readers

The modern laptops have a 2-in-1 featured SD card slot. This may causes confusion to the PC sometimes so we recommend using an external card reader which may solve your problem.

External card reader not working

In some cases, your external card reader is broken or might not be working and you keep looking for the errors in PC. It is recommended to check that the card reader is getting enough power from the USB port and the USB port is working perfectly.

Check if SD adapter is working properly

When you’re connecting a microSD card using an SD adapter, make sure the adapter is working perfectly and has no damage. There is a tiny slider on the SD card adapter when turned on it allows the data on the card to be read-only. Check if it is correctly positioned.

Damaged SD card

If you use you Sd card harshly it might get damaged one day. In some circumstances installing and removing the SD card from the card reader can damage its golden connectors and even make it a piece of crap. If your SD card is not getting recognized, check the connectors properly.


So, those were the various method by which you can fix a corrupted pen drive or SD Card. Got any additional ways/tips and tricks by which we can repair corrupted SD Cards and Pen drive? Do let us know in the comments below.

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