Resolve: The Parameter is Incorrect Error While Copying Files to SD Card

You may find ‘The parameter is incorrect error’ when copying files from your PC to an external storage device such as SD card, external hard drive or USB pen drive. In this article here, we focus on SD cards. It is a fairly common error that occurs when your target device is low on storage space or if the file you are transferring is too large for the device. It can also occur due to file system corruption in the storage device.

How to solve ‘The parameter is incorrect error’ while copying files to SD card

Now that we understand the reasons for the error, let’s dive into the solutions to resolve the error.

Solution 1: Check the available storage space

Low storage space on the target destination drive is one of the most common reasons for the error. To check the amount of storage space available,

  1. Open-File Explorer by clicking on Windows + E keys
  2. Right click on the SD card and select Properties
  3. In the window that opens you’ll see both used and free space remaining
  4. If the space remaining is low, delete files on your SD card to make room for the new files you wish to transfer

Once space is freed up, try copying files to the SD card. If the error still persists, proceed to the next step.

Solution 2: Check the file size

Most SD cards are formatted with the FAT32 file system which supports a maximum size of 4GB for individual files. So if your file to be transferred exceeds 4GB, the transfer may not be successful and you may see errors such as ‘The parameter is incorrect’ and so on.

To rule out this as a cause, go back to your file and check its size. If it is larger than 4GB, compress the file. To compress the file, you can follow the simple steps below.

  1. Download and install 7-Zip on your computer if you don’t have it already
  2. Open the file you wish to compress and right click on it
  3. In the menu, select 7-Zip > Add to archive
  4. Choose an archive format (zip is preferred)
  5. Click Ok and your file will be archived

Once archived, try copying the file to your SD card. If you still face issues, move on to the next step.

Solution 3: Fix corruption issues

If you are still receiving an error even after fixing size and storage issues, the SD card may be corrupt. To fix corruption in SD cards, ‘CHKDSK’ troubleshooting tool can be used. To use CHKDSK,

  1. Connect the SD card to your system using a card reader
  2. Open File Explorer by clicking on Windows + E keys
  3. Right click on the SD card drive and select Properties > Tools tab
  4. Then select ‘Check’ to check file system errors
  5. Next, click on ‘Scan and repair drive’ to scan and repair errors.

Solution 4: Recover data and format your SD card

We hope that one of these solutions help you resolve the error. However, if the error still persists, you can format the drive to fix issues that CHKDSK couldn’t. But before you proceed with formatting, recover all data from the SD card.

If you have trouble accessing your SD card, recovery tools such as Remo Recover can do the job for you. It is a wonderful tool to recover files from inaccessible, corrupt or damaged SD cards. Refer the link for more details on recovering photos from corrupted SD cards.

There is also a file recovery version of Remo Recover that can be used to recover permanently deleted photos from SD cards.  This version can be used to recover lost or deleted photos. Whether files are deleted accidentally, lost during copying process or files lost due to other reasons, they can all be recovered using the tool. Remo Recover software is available for free trial. Download and try it out today!

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