How to Repair a Damaged Micro SD Card

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How to Repair a Damaged Micro SD Card

A micro SD card is the smaller version of a standard SD card and is common in mobile phones, cameras, and tablets. While micro SD cards are quite durable, even when users accidentally drop them, these cards can break or corrupt. Some SD cards corrupt from age, while others from water damage or cracking. Anyone who has a damaged micro SD card can attempt to repair the card or recover the data from it. While it is not always possible to recover a card's information or function, owners can attempt to do so. An overview of how to repair common issues of micro SD cards can prove helpful for some users.

Assessing the Damage to a Micro SD Card

First, users should consider how the damage happened, what caused it, and how severe the problems are. In some cases, recovery is impossible. For example, water damage might irrevocably destroy the data on the card. If the memory chip inside of the casing is broken, then the data is also most likely gone. However, if the damage is mostly to the casing or there is a 'corrupted data' notification, then it is possible to recover the information. Typically, it is not a good idea to continue to use a broken micro SD card, even after recovering the data or fixing an issue.

Repairing the Write-Protection Switch on a Micro SD Card

A damaged write-protection switch or 'lock' switch on a micro SD card is a common problem. This switch prevents the data on the card from changing, but is small enough that it sometimes breaks. Buyers can easily fix this issue with a few tools including needle-nose pliers, scissors, and tape. The process includes cutting away any excess plastic from the lock if it is broken and then taping over it. Alternately, owners can use a pair of needle nose pliers to move a lock switch that is sticking.

Repairing the Broken Casing of a Micro SD Card

Another common problem that buyers have with micro SD cards is that the casing sometimes breaks. While this may damage the SD card memory inside, it is most likely that only the plastic exterior is broken. While the process does require steady hands and the right tools and supplies, anyone with good eyesight can attempt it. Owners should purchase the tools they need for taking apart an SD card:

* Soldering gun

* Electric grade solder

* Flux paste

* Tweezers

Most people also need a flat, fire-safe work area such a as a small plate. Removing the casing requires either carefully prying one end of the broken plastic away or using tweezers or a knife to lift up the side. Then, the owner can apply flux paste to the pins holding the metal chip inside of the micro-SD card, heat the solder, and gently heat each pin until the chip comes out. It is important to remove any excess alloy from the solder. Because micro-SD cards are very small, this process is difficult for most, and requires a very small solder. After removal, the chip is installable in a new micro-SD card case or in a card reader.

Using SD Card Recovery Kits

If the data or the card show up as corrupt or do not show up at all, then an SD card recovery device, which is similar to an SD card reader, is the best way to go. These readers work to access lost data on a micro SD card even if the information is gone. Recovery kits are relatively inexpensive; however, a recovery kit does not ensure a restored SD card.

Rescuing Data from a Damaged Micro SD Card

Sometimes it is impossible to recover the data on a micro-SD card at home. However, some computer repair shops or specialists may have high-end data recovery software capable of doing the job. In general, software programs that attempt to rescue data from a card are only suitable for corrupted cards.

How to Buy Micro SD Card Repair Parts on eBay

If you want to repair your micro SD card, you can look for tools, parts, and repair kits on eBay where sellers offer hundreds of options as well asdeals and sales. Because size, availability, and condition of the tools and parts on eBay vary by seller, make sure you read the full listing and look at any photos. In addition, ensure that the parts are for a micro SD card rather than for the larger standard SD. Unfortunately, not all micro SD cards are repairable, but owners can attempt to fix them, and if not, attempt to rescue the data before throwing the broken card away.

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