Encountering an SD card malfunction due to disk corruption is a frequent issue in everyday use, and formatting provides a viable fix to repair corrupted SD cards. Here this post on MiniTool walks you through how to format corrupted SD card in laptop and desktop computers.

SD Card Is Corrupted! Recover Data First!

SD card corruption is associated with various reasons, such as power failure, violent ejection, virus attack, etc. Formatting is generally regarded as one of the most effective solutions to repair corrupted SD cards for reuse.

However, as is well known, formatting is the process of removing all files on the SD card and rebuilding the file system. To prevent you from losing valuable data on the SD card, you are suggested to recover files before formatting the card. To recover data from a corrupted SD card, you can use professional and green data recovery software like MiniTool Power Data Recovery.

This software helps recover data from SD cards under different situations, such as SD cards becoming corrupted, SD cards showing RAW, SD cards showing unallocated, SD cards having damaged file systems, and so on.

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Once the data on the corrupted SD card is safely transferred, now it is time to format the card for reuse. Keep reading to find the detailed instructions.

How to Format Corrupted SD Card in Laptop/Desktop

Way 1. Format Corrupted SD Card From File Explorer

If the corrupted SD card still shows up in Windows Explorer, you can format the card from the This PC section.  

Step 1. Press the Windows + E key combination to open File Explorer.

Step 2. Move on to the This PC section, right-click the SD card, and choose the Format option.

Step 3. In the new window, specify the file system and volume label, tick the Quick Format option, and then click the Start button.

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Step 4. When you see the data erasure warning window, click the OK button to continue.

Way 2. Format Corrupted SD card With Disk Management

The next way to format a corrupted SD card is to use Disk Management. First, right-click the corrupted partition and select Format from the context menu. Second, type a volume label, select a file system, tick Perform a quick format, and click OK.

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Way 3. Format Damaged SD Card via CMD

Next, we will explain how to format corrupted SD card using CMD.

In the Windows search box, type cmd and then right-click it from the best match result to select Run as administrator.

In the new window, type the following command lines. Remember to press Enter after each command.

  • diskpart
  • list disk
  • select disk * (* represents the corrupted SD card number)
  • list partition
  • select partition * (* represents the number of the corrupted partition on the SD card)
  • format fs=ntfs quick (You can replace “ntfs” with another desired file system)
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Way 4. Format Damaged SD Card With SD Card Formatter

If you are unable to format the corrupted SD card in File Explorer/Disk Management, or by using the diskpart command lines, you can seek help from a professional SD card formatter like MiniTool Partition Wizard.

The Format Partition feature is available in the Free Edition of MiniTool Partition Wizard. Now, you can download it and have a try.

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Step 1. On the main interface of this partition magic, select the damaged partition, then scroll down the left menu bar to choose the Format Partition button.

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Step 2. Input a partition label, choose a file system, and click OK.

Step 3. Finally, hit the Apply button to complete the disk formatting process.

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Bottom Line

To sum up, this post explores how to format corrupted SD card with the help of Windows Explorer/Disk Management, CMD, and MiniTool Partition Wizard.

Note that it is advisable to recover files from a corrupted SD card before formatting it to avoid permanent data loss.

Please feel free to contact [email protected] if you encounter any issues while using MiniTool software.

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