How to Repair a Corrupt DCIM

By Susan Reynolds

The Digital Camera IMages (DCIM) folder is found on your digital camera's SD card. This folder contains all the photos and/or videos you have stored on your SD card. If you find that you cannot access your images or videos when clicking on the folder, it could due to a file corruption. Most computers have a built in utility tool that can fix corrupt folders or files. It may take up to an hour to repair any missing elements, but you have a good chance of restoring access to your images and videos.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with SD card reader
  • SD card

Step 1

Remove the SD card from your digital camera or video camera. Insert it into your SD card slot on your computer.

Step 2

Go to "Start" and click "Computer." Locate the name of your SD card and make note of the drive letter next to its name. It is "f" or "e" in most PCs.

Step 3

Click "Start" and type "cmd" into the search box. Press "Enter" and wait for the Command Prompt to appear.

Step 4

Type "chkdsk x: /f," but replace "x" with your SD card's drive letter.

Step 5

Wait for the prompt asking you if you want to repair this drive. Press "Y" to confirm it.

Step 6

Restart your PC to prompt the repair utility.

Step 7

Wait for the program to fix the errors on your DCIM folder. It will notify you when it is finished.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always place your SD card in a plastic holder for protection from the elements.
  • Dropping the SD card or getting it wet or overly hot can cause damage to it.