How to Fix SanDisk Memory SD Card/Pen Drive/USB/SSD

Updated to Troubleshooting Tips by William on Oct 27, 2023 | Approved by Jennifer Allen

The SanDisk is a well-known brand for memory SD cards, USB flash drives, pen drives, and SSD drives. Though the drives are great, no one can ensure there will be no problems. To make it work properly, first, you need to recover data lost or trapped in the not working SanDisk device with iBeesoft Data Recovery. Next, learn the corresponding solutions to problems, fix the SanDisk drive error with the SanDisk Repair tool. Get the data recovery software to retrieve files first before getting down to the task.

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Part 1. Recover Files before Repair SanDisk Device, Avoid Data Loss
Part 2. Fix SanDisk Drive Error by SanDisk Repair Tool (4 Ways)

Part 1. Recover Files before Repair SanDisk Device, Avoid Data Loss

No matter whether you have lost files from the SanDisk SD card or not, before you fix it with the SanDisk SD card repair tool, you must try to recover data from the device. Otherwise, you might lose the files permanently. iBeesoft Data Recovery is a professional tool to recover the deleted, lost or formatted data from SanDisk. It performs well to retrieve lost or deleted data from the computer and external drive, like SanDisk memory card, pen drive, USB drive, hard drive, and SSD.

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  • The SanDisk data repair tool or SanDisk format tool supported resume file from SanDisk drives under Windows or macOS.
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Simple steps to recover data from SanDisk

You need to download and install the iBeesoft Data Recovery on your computer to perform SanDisk recovery, either on Mac or Windows PC. It has separate version for Windows PC and Mac. Just click the download button to get the SanDisk tool installation package.

  1. Use a card-reader or USB to connect SanDisk to your computer firmly. If connected successfully, the SanDisk memory SD card/USB/HDD/SSD will appear like an external hard drive on your computer.
  2. Launch the SanDisk recovery software. In the next windows, you’re supposed to select the SanDisk memory SD card/USB/HDD/SSD to scan. If you have connected it successfully with your computer, the SanDisk repair tool will detect and display it in the window. And then, click "Scan" to recover SanDisk drive files.
  3. It only takes a few minutes for the SanDisk repair tool to scan for the lost or formatted data from SanDisk memory SD card/USB/HDD/SSD. After then, you can see all the found files are listed in the result window. You can select the files, preview them and recover files selectively by clicking "Recover".

Fix SanDisk Drive Error by SanDisk Repair Tool

It is a must to have a memory card, like SanDisk Extreme Pro, for your professional camera. Without it, you can’t save the captured photos and videos. However, it is very likely that you’ll also encounter some problems while using the SanDisk memory card. Instead of looking for a SanDisk repair tool (SanDisk SD card repair tool, SanDisk format tool, or SanDisk USB repair tool) directly, I suggest you analyze the symptoms of your SanDisk memory SD card, USB drive, Pen drive, HDD, SSD and find the right solutions to problems. Here are some of the common symptoms and corresponding fix solutions, helping they’re helpful.

#1. SanDisk Memory Card Locked or Write Protected

Solution 1: a simple way to repair the SanDisk SD card locked

Please check out if it is locked or unlocked on the left side. If it is locked, then you can't save any data to the SD card, even can't modify or delete the files in the SD card as well.

Solution 2: CMD to undo write protected with SanDisk SD card repair tool

If you get the message that tells you the SD card lock on your camera, then it will not let you delete or take pictures with the SanDisk memory card, even no data transferring as well. In this case, you need to remove the write protection on SanDisk memory card with CMD.

  1. On Windows PC, click the Windows startup button on the bottom left. Next, in the pop-up box, type in CMD and then press the Enter button.
  2. In the new window, type diskpart and press the Enter button.
  3. Type list disk and press Enter button.
  4. Type select disk *and press Enter to SanDisk memory card repair.
  5. (* represents the number of your write protected SanDisk drive)

  6. Type attributes disk clear readonly and clicks Enter to remove the write protection.

#2. SanDisk Drive Not Recognized by the Computer

It is a very common issue while you connect the SanDisk USB drive or memory card with the computer, only to find that it can’t be recognized by the computer. To do Sandisk USB repair, you can try the following ways:

  1. Disconnect and reconnect the USB cable to a computer, making sure the USB digital cable works.
  2. Disconnect and restart the computer, resetting the connection.
  3. Install available drivers. You can go to the SanDisk official site to check out whether there are some drives available. If there are, please install them on your computer according to your SanDisk models.

#3. SanDisk Pen Drive or SD Card Keeps Asking to Format

It keeps asking you to format the SanDisk on your camera or on your computer while connected to the computer. To solve the problem, you’d better format the SanDisk drive as asked. Formatting the SanDisk will cause data loss, but don't worry. We will provide you with professional unformat SD card software to help you completely retrieve them. If the message "operation failure" appear during the formatting process, you need to cancel the formatting first. After then, click on the Start Button on your computer > then click My Computer/Computer, and click on the SanDisk. If you can access the SanDisk, then you can format it properly. If the message still appears, it means your card reader or USB does not function properly. Try to use a different USB port on the PC to connect the SanDisk.

#4. SanDisk Files Become Thumbnails

Files become thumbnails, you can’t view the real file or the files hidden. You can access photos and videos on your SanDisk memory card on the computer, while you connect it to the computer, all files missing or you can only see the thumbnails. If it happens, it means your SanDisk memory card is infected with the virus. In this case, you need to format the memory card. When the formatting is complete, you can use SanDisk format tool to recover files from formatted SanDisk drive.