How to Repair a Corrupt DCIM
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
Remove the SD card from your digital camera or video camera. Insert it into your SD card slot on your computer.
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.
Click "Start" and type "cmd" into the search box. Press "Enter" and wait for the Command Prompt to appear.
Type "chkdsk x: /f," but replace "x" with your SD card's drive letter.
Wait for the prompt asking you if you want to repair this drive. Press "Y" to confirm it.
Restart your PC to prompt the repair utility.
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.