How to recover data from corrupted SD card in a Digital Camera

SD(Secure Digital) memory cards have changed the way data is stored and shared. These are tiny memory storage devices which are used with a range of host devices like PDAs, video game consoles, digital cameras, camcorders and so on. A user can save photos, audios and videos in various formats. An SD card compatible device plays music, video clips and movies without a drive mechanism. Other forms of SD cards are known as SDHC cards, Mini SD, Micro SD. Like other flash memory devices, these cards are also vulnerable to problems.

As a practical case, you connect the SD card to your computer via card reader. After copying files to your computer, you take the card off while its content are still open in the computer. Now, when you insert the card again in the host device, the following message catches your attention:

“A media card has been inserted that contains errors. To correct the errors please use a disk error-checking utility on a computer.”

The above message indicates the card has got corrupted. Since the card is corrupted, you won't be able to use it again unless you fix it.


The SD card got corrupted due to interruption (in read/write process) caused by pulling out the card while its content were open on the computer.


The issue with the memory card can be solved by running 'chkdsk' on your machine by following some simple steps given below:

1.Connect your card to your machine

2.Open 'My Computer' and then right-click the icon of removeable disk

3.Click 'Properties' and then click 'Tools'

4.Under 'Error-Checking', click 'Check Now'

5.A dialog box will appear, select 'Automatically Fix File System Errors' and then click 'Start'

If the above steps do not fix the issue with the SD card, you are left with the only option of formatting the SD card. If a backup is available, one need not bother about the data loss. However, the use of a Camera recovery software is highly recommend to recover the content before using the card again for storing content.

Photo Recovery is a trustworthy Digital camera recovery application which recovers lost/deleted photo, audio and video formats from a majority of memory cards available in market including MMC, CF, XD, SDHC, SD, MMC plus etc. The camera recovery software has two different versions for both Windows and Mac users.
1 Response
  1. Mike Says:

    Photo recovery software is the best solution to recover lost or deleted data from any digital camera