This will show how to recover a drive without having to reformat the drive with minimal to no data loss.
I have recently had an abrupt shutdown of my mobile phone, and after a restart, my mobile device showed that my microSD card is unreadable and that I needed to Format my card. I took the card out and placed it in my pc, only to find out that my PC states the same thing. I had some very valuable data on my microSD card that I did not have a chance to backup. I knew that a format will make it difficult to recover data. This has happened a few times in my past, with USB drives and HDDs; each time reformatting because I did not know of any other options.
This time, I used a standard Windows command which is available in almost all currently used MS Windows Products.
The command/function to use is:
To Start, on your keyboard, press: Start + R.
In the window that appears, type: cmd and hit Enter.
Once the command prompt opens, type:
chkdsk [volume]: /[switch]
The specific command I used to solve my problem is:
chkdsk F: /r
- The drive with the bad sectors is mounted as Drive F
- The command /r used to tell the system to attempt to fix any bad sectors.
- -- The content in the bad sectors will be lost, but will help save more than any recovery software after a Format.
- -- This process will take some time, especially if using /r and it is depended on the size of the drive.
- -- If you would like to learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CHKDSK