Different Types of SD Card Error Messages and Their Solutions

Alton Elliott
July 26, 2017
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The use of SD card or secure digital card as a storage is becoming popular to store the digital data generated by digital devices such as smartphones, digital cameras, GPS devices etc. The SD cards are easy to handle and use. They are used in a variety of digital devices and they have varied storage capacities and high performance levels.

Types of SD cards

There are three types of SD cards on the basis of their storage capacities and these are

  • Standard SD card – Storage capacity from 8 MB to 2 GB
  • SDHC card – Storage capacity from 2 GB to 32 GB
  • SDXC card – Storage capacity of 32, 48, 64, 128, 512 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB.

Data corruption

While using an SD card there is a possibility of the data getting corrupted that’s depicted by different types of error messages. The corruption of the SD cards leads to data loss. For memory card data recovery, suitable data recovery software like Wondershare data recovery software is needed.

Wondershare has a high user rating owing to its state of art interface that’s easy to use and an abundance of features and functions. It is highly recommended software for recovering the lost data from Hard Drives, Flash Drives, Memory Cards, etc.

Different types of error message

  • ‘SD card not formatted’ error

This is the commonest error and it simply means that the file system of the SD card is converted into RAW and your data has become inaccessible. This can be solved by formatting the card but the stored data is lost.

  • ‘Cannot format the SD card’ and the SD card not being detected errors

Use the built in error checking tool of the Windows OS to repair the possible bad sectors on the card. The card can be formatted irrespective of the error but it’s risky. You can extract the data by using data recovery software like Wondershare and then format the card to again make it functional.

Some of the commonly occurring errors while using an SD card are as follows

  • CHKDSK is not available
  • Computer is unable to read the card
  • SD card is inaccessible. The file or directory is damaged or corrupted etc.

When you get the error messages, there’s a big possibility of lose of data. Backing up your data and using data recovery software to recover your lost files can minimize the loss of it. You should not use a card before countering the error. Manual fixing of the error message is simple and most of them are solved when the card is formatted.

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