PC not detecting SD card

Dell / Inspiron 530
July 28, 2009 at 23:55:21
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic, 2 GHz / 2036 MB
Hi All,

I needed some help regarding the recovery of a physically damaged SD card. I inserted a new cell phone's SD card into a wrong-sized card reader (which I use for a different mobile memory card) and it got stuck inside so I had to pry it out.

I guess it got scratched (although they don't show) and now when I try to read it from my PC (using the correct card reader), the system cannot detect the drive at all. Also, when I insert this card into its respective cell phone (Samsung), the phone cannot detect the card and the card gets heated. When I inserted the SD card into another phone (also Samsung), the card got very hot again and a message appeared to format the card as it is unreadable.

I know this isn't a cell phone forum, but I just need this card to get detected by the PC somehow, after that I could possible use a normal recovery software for all the pictures that are saved on it.

Any suggestions would be highly appreciated.

Thanks & Regards,


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July 29, 2009 at 00:53:25
If it gets hot, it appears to have internal damage, I would get a new card unless you wish to risk the chance of destroying a port.

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