4 Ways to Fix SD Card Error Please Replace The SD Card And Retry (Quickly)

These days external drives are literal headaches at times. Mostly the errors in the external storage devices occur when used in other systems or because of the virus and malware. If you are one of the users, facing SD card errors such- “please replace the SD card and retry”. Then I’ve got you covered this time!

SD Card Error Please Replace The SD Card And Retry

Below are some of the methods to solve the errors without even losing any of your data.

Wipe Cache Of File Manager

If you face issues while using your SD card in the smartphone then, there are chances that the file manager might be having some errors scanning the SD card and this can surely be solved. 

Clearing cache or data resets the settings and other databases of the file manager which might be causing trouble scanning the SD card. 


  1. First of all, long-press the File Manager or open the app info of it from app settings
  2. Then, just press on Clear Data or Cache
  3. Now, just restart the smartphone
  4. And you are done

This way, if there are any issues with the file manager in the smartphone, they can be solved within a few steps. If the issue remains then, head on for the next method!

1. Scan SD card with Antivirus

Scanning the SD card for the removal of malicious elements helps a lot. At times, the presence of viruses and malware generates errors that restrict access or action within the SD card. You can use Microsoft Defender to scan the SD card to get rid of unwanted elements.


  1. First of all, plug the SD card into the system
  2. Then just open This PC and right-click on the SD card drive
  3. Now, select the option to scan with Microsoft Defender
  4. Scanning will begin and will be done in a minute or so
  5. And you are done

If you are still facing issues then head for the next method!

2. Remove Bad Sector using CMD 

At times, the SD card has some bad sector issues in the storage unit, for which the phone can’t detect or read the data in the SD card, but it can be fixed in the computer system through CMD.


  1. Insert the SD card in the system and make sure it detects
  2. Click on the windows search bar
  3. Search for Command Prompt or CMD
  4. Right-click on it and Run it as administrator
  5. Type CHKDSK (allocateddrive-letter): /f /r and enter
  6. Then it will start scanning and repairing the device
  7. And done

3. Remove Bad Sector using Disk Genius

Disk Genius is another 3rd party app that is used to repair drives and to solve many more issues regarding external devices with ease. To be exact, you can access all the command functions without even entering the commands, with the help of this app regarding the disk drives.


  1. Download and install Disk Genius
  2. Open it
  3. Now, select the disk you want to repair
  4. At the top section, click on the Disk option
  5. Click on Verify or Repair Bad Sectors
  6. Now, from the Dropbox menu change the Cylinder range to the Sector range
  7. Then, click on Start verify
  8. Now, the scanning will begin
  9. After scanning is done click on Repair and you are done.

Recover Data 

You need to go through recovering your data before formatting your SD card. Using Recuva, you can restore a few of the misplaced or lost files in drives. Refer to the below-mentioned steps to use the tool. You can also prefer other paid tools such as Recoverit for accurate results.


  1. First of all, download Recuva and install it to proceed further.
  2. Insert the SD card in the system and make sure it detects
  3. Now, after installing the tool open it
  4. Press Next
  5. Select All files in the file types
  6. Click Next
  7. Select the drive or the SD card
  8. Check box on the Deep Scan
  9. Click on Start
  10. Now it will start scanning
  11. Then, select all files or the files which you want to recover
  12. Click on Recover
  13. Now allocate where the backup file you want to store
  14. Once you have selected the location click Ok
  15. And you are done

So, make sure to recover all of your data before heading to the further method which requires you to format the drive. 

4. Format Using MiniTool Partition Wizard

MiniTool Partition Wizard is one of the best tools to deal with all kinds of errors related to an external drive. Here, you will be using this tool to format the damaged external drive to solve the issues!


  1. Head to download and install MiniTool Partition Wizard
  2. Open the tool
  3. Look for the disk
  4. Right-click on the particular disk
  5. Click on Format
  6. Click on the File system
  7. Change it to FAT32 or exFAT (Select FAT32 if the memory device is less than 32GB and if it is higher then select exFAT file system)
  8. Click ok.
  9. Click on Apply and confirm 
  10. Now the formatting will begin and be done within a few seconds.


Why does my SD card say memory card Error?

Most of the time the SD card is corrupted otherwise, there might be issues with the system drivers or SD card sectors which you can fix by formatting the SD card.

How do I recover deleted media on SD card?

You can use Recuva to recover the deleted files and if you are willing to pay for the tool then you should go for Recoverit.


These were the best methods to solve the error saying “Please Replace The SD Card And Retry” or be it any kind of external memory device. I’ve conveyed some easy ways to deal with such errors and get your data out of the drive before the data is completely lost. Hence, you can share this post with more users to help them deal with such errors.

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Shreyash Pradhan
Member of Team TJ and a potential geek!

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