What? Your SD Card is corrupted, and you’re not able to access any of the media and other files stored in it? Well, relax and read this ultimate guide on using chkdsk to fix a corrupted SD card. It will surely help you in retrieving corrupted data. 

Maybe you don’t know, but Google has officially removed the SD card support since the launch of ICS. However,  some reputed OEM’s like Samsung that has gone with this trend and continued to include an SD card slot on its handset models. 

Having a slot for an external SD card is really great, especially if you use to store so many media files including photos, music, videos, movies etc. on your phone. In other words, having external SD card support with an android phone means there is nothing that you need to worry about its internal storage. 

Damaged SD card on android

Nothing in this world is perfect, neither are SD cards. With ever-growing demand, there is still room for issues with SD cards. One of the most common issues that we all encounter at some stage is a corruption of SD card. 

Furthermore, the digital world is full of solutions and tools that claim to retrieve corrupted data. However, in most cases, they don’t help much and require some tech-savvy skills as well. 

While TheAndroidPortal doesn’t promise or guarantee that this approach will work effectively for you in retrieving corrupted data, you might feel lucky at the end and may save some of the lost data and prevent further corruption. However, we have used chkdsk on several SD Cards and got a satisfying output. 

So, let’s not get into any jargon and start with the guide on using chkdsk to fix a corrupted SD card. 

How To Fix A Corrupted SD Card Using Chkdsk?

Here is a step by step guide to making things easier for you. Just follow the below steps as said, do take care of actions, do only what’s suggested and that’s all. It will hopefully help you in recovering most or all of your lost data

Step 1: Open The Cmd Window On Your PC Or Laptop

Run Cmd as administrator in Windows

First of all, switch to your PC or laptop and hit the Start Menu available there at the bottom left of the screen. Find search bar there and type cmd followed by the enter button. Next, a list of programs will appear there, and you need to click right on “cmd.exe” and then “Run as Administrator.” The Window will look as shown in the below image. 

run commands in Windows

Step 2: Connect The Corrupted SD Card To Your PC Or Laptop 

Connect The Corrupted SD Card To Your PC Or Laptop

  • Here you can use any mini SD card reader or adapter for the connection purpose. However, if your laptop or PC already has a slot for it, there is nothing more to do. Simply insert the SD card into the slot of your PC/Laptop. 
  • Right after you will insert/connect the SD card to PC, a drive Window will appear showing the SD card disk there. Also, the Window may ask you for exporting or importing any file just in case if you want to. So, the next thing you need to do here is to close this window. 
  • Now you need to go back to the Start menu of your PC and this time you need to select My Computer. On the next page, you will find a section “Disk With Removable Storage.” Here, in this section, your SD card with Drive letter (i.e., E/F/G/H) should be listed. Just keep the drive letter in your mind because we will need this in the next step. 

Select corrupeted memory card from my computer

Step 3: Get Back To The Cmd Window 

  • Now you need to enter the chkdsk command in the Window followed by drive letter (E/F/G/H) and then /f. See below to have a better idea:

chkdsk h: /f

  • After inserting the above command, it should look like something as shown below:

use Chkdsk To Fix A Corrupted SD Card in command

  • Now after you’ve inputted this command, hit the enter button to let it perform the action. This command will auto-detect the corruption on the card and will fix the issue if any found. However, please note that this command may take a few minutes to complete the action. So, please do keep the patience and let the process end. 

chk dsk command for fix corrupted memory card

Once the process end, do check the card if things are better now, and the issue is resolved or not. If not, do proceed with the below method. 

The Final Way To Make Your SD Card Work Again 

SDCard formatter tool

Image credit: flickr.com

If using chkdsk to fix a corrupted SD card doesn’t work for you, and you don’t want to spend more time and to apply brain, try formatting your SD card. It’s the final weapon that you can use to make your corrupted SD card work again. 

  • You can do so by either clicking right in the SD card drive found under My Computer >> Disc With Removable Storage. 
  • Next, you need to click right on the target SD Card disk and select format. That’s it. 

Alternatively, you can also do this on your phone. Follow the below instructions to do this on your android phone. 

  • Insert the corrupted SD card back into your smartphone. 
  • Wait for a few seconds so that your phone can read this card.
  • Next, a warning will appear in the notIfication bar stating, “Card Is Damaged, Try Formatting.” Just click on it and confirm that you’re comfortable with the data loss by tapping on “OK.” 

That’s it. Your SD card will now get formatted, and you will be able to use your SD card freshly again. However, all the stored data will be deleted in this process. So, do keep this fact in your mind. 


So that’s the guide on using chkdsk to fix a corrupted SD card. We hope this guide has helped you in fixing your card. Do share this guide with all your friends and family who are struggling with a corrupted SD card. 

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