How to Repair Corrupted Pen Drive & SD Card Easily [2]

Pendrives and SD Card often gets corrupted and in most cases, it can be fixed by doing simple methods given below. Inserting the Pendrive or SD Card to our computer and running a few CMD commands or using simple recovery tool or by using Windows Explorer, we can repair corrupted pen drive and SD Card issue easily.

There are no definite reasons why your Pendrive, sd card or any other storage media gets corrupted. Malware, misconfiguration during the burning and writing process in Pendrive or some device-specific features might cause Pendrive corruption. Sometimes, if you do not eject the removable media correctly then there are chances that the Pendrive might get corrupted.

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If you are having a corrupted SD card then most of the laptop and computer might don’t have a dedicated SD card slot, in this case, use an SD Card Reader or an Adapter to insert the SD Card to our computer. In the case of Pendrive, simply just connect it to the fastest USB port available (USB 3.0) and you are good to go.

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Repair Corrupted Pendrive and SD Card

I will be sharing multiple methods to fix corrupted sd card and pen drive issue. Once you have plugged any of the device then the rest of the procedure is the same for both sd card and Pendrive. So, carefully follow the steps clearly to get it fixed ASAP.

Fix corrupted Pen Drive or SD card with CMD

For this process, we will be using a built-in Windows feature called “Command Prompt” or popularly known as CMD. I will list out some CMD Commands below and you can use the same commands to get it fixed. It works well with almost all Pendrive and SD Card. The best part is that you can use it with any Internal or External removable storage media including USB Drive.

Step 1: Connect the Corrupted Pendrive or SD Card to the fastest USB port of your computer or Laptop

Step 2: Launch CMD by right-clicking on the Windows icon > Right-click on Command Prompt option and select Run as Administrator. or Press and hold Windows Key + R > type “cmd” in the Run box and hit enter.

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Step 3: Once the Command Prompt window is opened, just type “diskpart ” and hit enter

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Step 4: Now a Disk Part security popup will appear, just click on Yes. Type “list disk” and press enter

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Step 5: It will display all the storage media connected to your computer, including the hard disk. Now you have to select the right Pendrive by using the keyword “select disk <disk number as per the list>“. For example in the above screenshot, you can see that the pen drive is shown as disk 2. So you have to type “select disk 2” and hit enter.

Be sure to select the right media, if you accidentally proceed with the wrong disk then you will end up formatting the whole files forever. There will be an (asterisk) next to the name of the disk you selected.

Step 6: Now, type “clean” and hit enter

Step 7: Type “create partition primary” and press Enter

Step 8: Type “active” and hit enter

Step 9: Type “select partition 1” and hit enter

Step 10: Type “format fs=fat32” or “format fs=NTFS” according to the capacity of the pen drive. If your pen drive capacity is more than 4GB in size then use NTFS or use fat32 otherwise. and hit enter

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Wait for a few seconds or minute depending on the size of the pen drive and everything will be all good after the formatting is done.

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Change Drive Number to Fix Corrupted Pendrive

If your computer fails to assign a drive letter to your removable disks like Pendrive or SD Card, the corruption issue can pup. If the drive letter is not assigned automatically then we can manually set a drive letter for our pen drive and get our Pendrive corruption issue sorted out.

  • Plugin the pen drive or SD card
  • Click on Start button and type “Create and Format Hard disk partitions” and hit enter
  • Now, it will open up the partition manager where you can add, edit and remove partitions and do other things like changing the drive letter, etc
  • Right-click on the Pendrive from partition manager and click “Change drive letter and path
  • Click on Change
  • From the drop-down, select a letter of your choice and hit OK > OK

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  • After this is done, you will get a notification telling that the pendrive is detected and start using it as normally you would do.

Reinstall device driver

Sometimes driver misconfiguration can cause the problem and we can simply fix it by uninstalling and reinstalling the particular device driver from device manager in Windows.

  • Insert the pendrive or SD Card into one of the USB port
  • Open This PC and click on Manage
  • Click on Device Manager and it will show all the devices that are connected to your computer
  • Find the pendrive from the list
  • Right-click on it and select Reinstall Driver option

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  • From the pop click on the option which tells to search and find a driver online
  • Wait for a few minutes until the driver installation is done and you are all good to go.

Do Deep Format with Windows Explorer

In this method, we will be performing a deep format with device default settings

  1. Insert the Pendrive
  2. Right-click on the device and click on format
  3. Click on Restore Device defaults
  4. and also be sure to uncheck Quick Format option
  5. It will take a little longer than usual and ones it is done, everything will be all good.

Final Words

These are some working methods to fix corruption error on Pendrive, sd card or any other similar removable storage media devices like hard disk, etc. Most of the time, it happens due to some misconfiguration. Majority of the times, you can fix it by using the first method, it, formating and cleaning the drive with CMD or command prompt. It that doesn’t get it right for you then you can try some other methods mentioned below like changing the device path or letter and updating the device driver to the latest version from the device manager in Windows.

Astro K Joseph
I am Astro and here at IPEE World I write about various Technology content including News, Guides, and Reviews