Micro SD cards are the most widely used storage media on mobile phones, cameras, music players, and other similar devices. This is because they are portable, easy to use, and have expansive storage capacities. But like every other storage medium, it is possible for a micro SD card to get damaged, thereby leading to loss or inaccessibility of data.


When you have so much data stored on one micro card, it’s loss could hit you hard. Just wonder what you would do if you were to suddenly find that you are no longer able to access your data. If this worry has crossed your mind, then you are at the right place.

In this blog post, you will not only understand how data loss occurs and what you can do to protect your data from permanent damage, but will also learn the various solutions to help you recover data from SD card.

Why Does Data Loss Happen? 

In case your SD card is damaged or dead, then you may not be able to access all the data that is within the card. There can be multiple reasons behind losing data from micro SD card. Some common reasons why data loss occurs in micro SD cards are:

  1. Your micro SD card is physically damaged due to dust, exposure or negligence.
  2. You accidentally deleted all the data in your card.
  3. There is a logical or electronic failure leading to data loss.
  4. The data got corrupted because your card was inserted into multiple unverified devices.
  5. You did not eject the micro SD card safely from the devices.
  6. Your card has been infected by virus or malware.

Signs That Your Micro SD Card Is Dead

There are some signs that you will notice about your micro SD card which will help you confirm that the SD Card is in dead condition. When you insert a functional card into a device, it is supposed to provide you with access to all the files and folders that you stored, as well as let you know the available storage space left.

However, with a dead SD card, you will not be able to see the files and folders. Further, it may also show as ’empty’ or prompt you to format the SD card. Sometimes, it may not even be recognized by the device.

If you see any of these signs in your micro SD card, then chances are that it is dead and you will need to find a way to fix it on your own or approach a professional data recovery expert to assist you with your micro SD card recovery.

Preventative Measures to Take with Your Dead Micro SD Card

Once you realize that your micro SD card is dead, there are a few measures that you need to take in order to ensure that the data loss doesn’t become permanent. Do not:

  • Continue to save files onto your card once it is dead. This will lead to overwriting where the new data replaces the existing data. Instead, eject the card from the device and stop working on it.
  • Format the card as this will wipe out the data on it.
  • Mistreat the micro SD card as this can lead to physical damage, making the recovery process very difficult.
  • Take the micro SD card to an unauthorized vendor or use unauthorized data recovery software to solve the data loss issue.
  • Try to fix the card on your own by opening it up or cracking it open.

Solutions for Fixing a Dead Micro SD Card

There are a few ways you can try to fix a dead micro SD card on your own. The solutions shown below are safe to use and can be done without damaging your micro SD card.

Make Minor Changes

Before trying anything, the first step is to change the card reader and then check if you are able to access the files and folders in your card. If this does not work, try changing the PC/laptop, as well check whether the SD card is functioning. Sometimes, there could be a fault with the card slot or the reader and not with the micro SD card.

For Corrupted / Unreadable Micro SD Card

Step 1: Insert the micro SD card into your computer/laptop.

Step 2: Press the windows and ‘X’ key simultaneously. A pop-up will appear on the left side.

Step 3: Out of the options, select ‘Command Prompt (Admin).

Step 4: You will get a pop-up asking you to accept the Command Prompt as administrator. Click ‘yes’.

Step 5: Another window will now open up where you will have to type ‘chkdsk D: /f /r /x wherein ‘D’ should be replaced by the alphabet denoting the storage of your Micro SD Card.

Using Windows Explorer

Step 1: Insert the micro SD card into your computer/laptop.

Step 2: If you can see the micro SD card within windows explorer, right click on it and select ‘Properties’.

Step 3: Within Properties, go to the Tools tab and then click on ‘Check’.

Step 4: Windows will perform a scan to find errors and will then try to fix it.

Without Using Windows Explorer

Step 1: Insert the micro SD card into your computer/laptop.

Step 2: Click on Start and search for ‘Disk Management’. You will be able to see all the drives that are recognized by the system. You will also be able to see unnamed drives.

Step 3: If you cannot find your Micro SD card within any of these drives, then you cannot proceed further and must approach a data recovery professional.

Step 4: If you can identify your card within the unnamed drives, then assign the drive a letter so that the computer/laptop will be able to read it.

Approaching a Professional

It is always best for you to approach a data recovery expert like Stellar Data Recovery to assist you with your dead SD card recovery needs. This is because recovery professionals will be able to get your lost data back in the most safe, secure, and reliable way possible. Stellar Data Recovery offers two main methods for data recovery, with the help of the D-I-Y Software or by utilizing professional data recovery service.

D-I-Y Software

Stellar’s Photo recovery software is one of the highest rated software in the world. This is because, with the help of this software, you can recover any kind of lost data on any type of SD card. The benefits of this software are that it is hassle-free, easy to use, and can be operated from the comfort of your home. However, the only situation in which the software won’t work is if your micro SD card is physically damaged.

You can start by downloading the trial version of photo recovery software for free so that you will be able to scan and preview the lost files and folders. If the results are up to your expectations, you can purchase the premium version and restore your lost files instantly.

Professional Service

Alternatively, you can visit Stellar Data Recovery branch personally and hand over your SD card to one of the experts. Once the recovery process is completed, you can restore the recovered data in a new micro SD card. Especially in the case of physically damaged SD cards where the recovery process is complex, it is recommended that you directly visit the professional data recovery service instead of trying different methods.

Wrapping Up

Just because data loss is unpredictable, it does not need to be unsolvable. There are ways you can avail micro SD card recovery and get back all the data that you thought you lost before. You can follow the solutions listed above or take the assistance of a professional data recovery expert to help you recover your lost data.

Taking a backup of your data at frequent intervals is one way of preventing serious damage that could happen in case of data loss situations. But in case you don’t have a backup and you already lost the data on your micro SD card, you don’t need to panic because Stellar Data Recovery is the one-stop solution for all your data recovery needs.

Stellar is an ISO 9001:2015 & ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified data recovery service provider in India. They are well known for maintaining a high level of data confidentiality and provide 100% safe and secure data recovery services. They have served over 3 million+ customers worldwide and offers “no recovery, no charge” policy. Stellar has 15 branches across India. And offers 100% data safety, data security and data confidentiality guarantee.