Have you ever transferred files from your Android phone to your SD card but realized afterwards that they wouldn’t open? We normally use an external memory such as an SD card to expand the device’s storage. You will only come across a problem when the card is damaged or has some syncing issues with your device. Here are some common problems you might encounter with external storage.
Why Does Your SD Card Get Corrupted?
There are several reasons why this might happen.
Your SD card might not have been properly inserted in the storage slot of your device. It could be that the card is not corrupted but incompatible.
The data transferred could be too large to accommodate. Syncing files at the same time can cause interruptions or transmission failure because the data is too big.
Some applications opened with your SD card may not compatible with the device it was inserted into. It could also interrupt the flow of your device’s operations, hence the slowdown. Along the way, files and documents transferred could get corrupted or damaged.
I’ve Accidentally Deleted the Files. Can They Be Restored?
There are various ways to restore deleted files from your SD card.
The easiest way is to check for compatibility. Some SD cards work for certain devices (such as mobile phones, game consoles, or digital cameras). If an error message appears, try using a different device (or machine) to open the files.
Another way to recover files from SD card is using software that does the job for you. You can search for applications such as Recoverit to get your files back in order. Just follow the step-by-step guide on recovering files from their personal page.
Another way is to re-insert the card back in its slot. As simple as this may seem, some people might disregard this and move to other measures. You have to safely take out the SD card first by looking into ‘Settings’ then ‘Storage’. A list of options will appear but click ‘SD card’ then ‘Unmount the SD Card’. Turn off your device then re-insert the SD card back to its slot. When you turn the phone on, you should have full access to all your stored files and be able to add or delete them at will.
Reducing the workload could help prevent damaging or corrupting transferred files. If the file is too heavy, you can transfer these in trickles. This way, your device won’t be bombarded and will still work normally.
Uninstalling some software that eats up storage and power could help prevent your files from being corrupted. An incompatible software may cause errors and hence prevent you from checking, adding, or deleting files from your SD card. After uninstalling the troublesome application, your files should be visible and accessible.
Another option would be to perform a factory reset to your device’s settings. Before you proceed with this, however, you need to have all your files on back-up. You could have it stored on a cloud storage or in another external drive. A reset might restore the regular settings of your phone and take out those you’ve ‘accidentally’ clicked while installing some applications.
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