How to repair microsd cards

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If you own a digital camera, PDA, smartphone or MP3 player, there is a good chance it uses a removable microSD card to store data. Small and compact, these cards can be easily lost or misplaced. However, another common problem with microSD cards is their tendency to crack or break. When damage to the microSD card occurs, it usually results in the breaking of the read-only lock at the bottom of the card, and this is the part that needs to be fixed. The good news is that you can do it yourself.

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Things you need

  • Pliers or wire cutters
  • Paper clip
  • Industrial glue

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    Locate the read-only lock on the microSD card. It is on the side of the card near the bottom, just above the gold connector teeth. If your microSD card is cracked, the cover of this lock will have broken off, revealing a small gap. It is this gap that needs repaired.

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    With pliers, cut a paper clip so it's the same size as the plastic lock that broke off the SD card when it was cracked.

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    Dab the ends of the paper clip with industrial glue. Use only a drop or two of glue. Adding too much could result in dried clumps of glue on your microSD card that could prevent it from fitting into the appropriate slot in an electronic device.

  4. 4

    Insert the paper clip in the gap on the microSD card where the plastic lock used to be. Fit the paper clip so it is flush against the side of the card.

  5. 5

    Wait for the glue to completely dry and then insert the microSD card into an electronic device and test it.

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