How to Fix a Memory Stick That Died

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How to Fix a Memory Stick That Died
A simple corrupt file can cause the memory card to malfunction. (flash drive image by jimcox40 from

Sony Memory Sticks can hold all kinds of data, from game saves on a PSP to pictures and movies. Many times, the Memory Stick will seem to die out. This is not true; the Memory Stick simply becomes corrupted and must be reformatted, or the bad files deleted. This can be done either through a computer or a PSP game system. The PSP is a quicker fix, but wipes the memory completely. The computer method takes more time, but can keep the card's data intact.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • PSP gaming system
  • Memory stick reader for computer
  • Memory card repair software

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  1. 1

    Turn on the PSP and push the "Home" button on the front of the system. Select "Settings" and enter the system settings.

  2. 2

    Format the memory stick on the PSP. This will erase any data being stored. If further troubleshooting is needed, turn off the PSP and put the memory card into the memory card reader and into a computer.

  3. 3

    Browse the files on the memory card and locate the corrupt file. Should no such file be found, open a memory card repair program. Click on "Upload" and select the drive that contains the memory card. Click "Output" and select where to place the repaired files, and then click "Repair."

Tips and warnings

  • Reformatting a memory card through PSP or other such device will wipe all data. To save files, back them up on a computer.

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