If your SD card has been corrupted, don't worry; you can recover your lost data without hassle. It is possible to recover data from damaged SD cards, and there are a few ways to do that. This article will discuss how to recover data from corrupted SD cards. We will explain various methods along with their step-by-step guide. Let's begin!

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Part 1. How to Recover Data from Corrupted/Damaged SD Card that Won t Read with iMyFone D-Back Hard Drive Recovery

A data recovery tool is the most suitable option to recover data from corrupted SD cards. The files on the SD card could be lost due to permanent deletion, and in such a case, you will get promising results through third-party recovery software. These software programs scan your SD card deeply and find all possible lost and deleted files. Most importantly, these do not require any backup or prerequisite to recover your files.

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iMyFone D-Back Hard Drive Recovery is a data recovery tool for Windows and Mac OS. It is a powerful tool that recovers your files from any storage device through its deep scanning. It does a quick scan at first and then a deep scan to make sure no file is left behind.

iMyFone D-Back Hard Drive Recovery requires only three simple steps, and your data will be recovered without any hassle. It does not require any experience or expertise. It is compatible with Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1; 10 and macOS 10.10-11.0.

  • Key Features of D-Back Hard Drive Recovery:
  • D-Back Hard Drive Recovery has a mighty and unique algorithm that makes scanning faster than ever. Files can be recovered at a speedy rate.
  • It completes the quick scan in no time, and after that, it starts the deep scan for perfect recovery. You can stop and pause the process whenever needed.
  • More than 1000 formats and file types can be recovered. You can even recover your lost HTML files, emails, and archives.
  • D-Back Hard Drive Recovery filters all scanned files, organized according to their format and type. Thus, you can quickly recover the files you need.
  • The success rate of D-Back Hard Drive Recovery is commendable. It works in many scenarios and recovers your entire data without any loss.
  • Steps to Recover Files from Damaged SD Card:

Step 1: Download and Launch D-Back Hard Drive Recovery on your computer. You need to select the SD card to scan it. Insert your SD card, and you will see it on the main screen of D-Back Hard Drive Recovery. Click on the SD card.

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Step 2: The scanning process will begin just after the click. D-Back Hard Drive Recoverywill do the quick scan first, which is quite fast, and then it will do the deep scan. You can wait for the complete scan, but if you see your files are already scanned, you can stop the process. The process can also be paused if you want to resume it later.

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Step 3: On the left, you will see all your files organized according to their types. You can easily select the files you want to recover. Finally, click on the Recoverbutton, select the recovery path, and complete the process.

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With iMyFone D-Back Hard Drive Recovery, you can recover all your lost data. Whether your SD card is corrupted or you have accidentally deleted the files, you can recover them. Other than SD cards, you can use D-Back Hard Drive Recovery for hard disks, USB flash drives, digital cameras, and almost any type of storage. It is an all-in-one tool for all types of data recovery.

Part 2. How to Recover Video Files from Corrupted Micro SD Memory Card Using CMD

Data recovery tools do a deep scan and recover all your files, but most of them are paid tools. If you want to recover your files for free, you can try the following methods first. However, these methods do not always work as they are not as powerful as a data recovery tool.

Method 1: Recover Video Files from Corrupted Micro SD Memory Card Using CMD

You might have seen CMD on your Windows; it is a command-line operator that works on commands you give. You might be thinking this method will be complicated, but it isn't. You need to enter two orders, and your files will be back.

CMD cannot recover your deleted files, but it can bring your hidden and archived files to their original destinations. When you delete your files from the SD card, your files are not permanently deleted. Instead, the space is made available for the following files to come. If you have not overwritten your files, CMD can bring your files back.

Step 1: Type CMD in the search bar on the right of the Start button. You will see the command prompt in the results.

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Step 2: Insert your card on your computer or connect it using a card reader. If you dont have a card reader, insert your card in a camera or smartphone, and connect that to the computer. You will see the SD card on This PC. Make sure to note the letter of the SD card drive.

Step 3: Copy the command below and paste it into CMD. Make sure to replace; with the letter of the SD card drive.

chkdsk Z: /f

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Step 4: Copy the last command and paste it into the CMD. Before copying, make sure to change ;.

attrib -h -r -s /s /d Z:*.*

Now, you can check your SD card. If you have gotten your files back, the method worked; otherwise, try the following method.

Method 2: Recover Video Files from Corrupted Micro SD Memory Card Using Windows File Recovery

Windows File Recovery is a command-line application similar to CMD. It is specifically made for the recovery of lost files. You dont need any backup to restore your files, and it can recover almost any type of file. The application is free and available on the Microsoft Store. You can install the application and try it before using any other software.

Step 1: Get the application from Microsoft Store. Launch it after installation.

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Step 2: You just need to enter a simple command to recover the files. Follow the following format.

winfr source: destination: /mode of recovery /switches

In the above command, you need to enter the source and destination drive. It requires only the drive letters for the source and destination. Then, you need to enter the mode of recovery. There are two modes: regular and extensive. You can try both one by one. In switches, you can write the path of the folder or type of the file, such as docx.

For the recovery of SD files, the command will be,

winfr C: D: /regular

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Step 3: Windows File Recovery will need confirmation. Press to continue. The recovery process will take time, and you can also stop it using Ctrl+C. After the process, check the destination drive, where you will find a recovery folder.

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Part 3. FAQs About How to Recover Data from Corrupted SD Card

3.1. Is there any free software to recover files from damaged SD cards?

Data recovery tools are all paid, but you can recover limited files for free. You can try iMyFone D-Back Hard Drive Recovery. It is a premium tool that offers free scan and preview, and after that, you can recover a few files for free. It works on damaged SD cards and recovers files without any hassle.

3.2. How to recover data from damaged SD cards in a mobile phone?

It is recommended to recover files using a computer, but you can also do so using a smartphone. You need a mobile application for recovery. There are many applications available on Android; you can try them to recover your data.

3.3. How to recover photos/videos from corrupted SD cards?

First, you can try the methods we have discussed in Part 2. You can recover using the CMD or Windows File Recovery. If these do not work in your case, you can use iMyFone D-Back Hard Drive Recovery to recover your lost data. It can recover lost through deep scanning.

3.4. Can you recover data from a corrupted SD card without formatting?

You can try a data recovery tool, such as D-Back Hard Drive Recovery. Once you have lost your data, connect the card to your computer and use iMyFone D-Back Hard Drive Recovery. It will recover data without formatting the SD card.


You can recover data from a corrupted SD card. There are various methods to do that. First, you can try the free methods discussed in Part 2. These methods can work and recover your files. But if these do not work, try iMyFone D-Back Hard Drive Recovery. It is a data recovery tool with powerful scanning and recovery features. It recovers data from a corrupted SD card without any loss.