Fix Files Missing from SD Memory Card for Camera Phone

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Files and Photos Get Disappeared/Missing from SD Memory Card in Camera/Phone

Hello, Android phone/camera SD memory card became empty and phone camera photos, videos and files were missing after using a newly downloaded program there? Files disappeared from Samsung SanDisk Transcend PNY Micro SD memory card when digital camera mobile phone says the memory card was not formatted? Or SD/CF/XD memory card data got disappeared after improper data copying and pasting, rude memory stick  extracting/removing or phone crashing?

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When camera/phone memory card data get disappeared or missing without any warning, go try free sd memory card photo recovery software iCare Data Recovery Pro to retrieve files photos from sd/cf/xd memory card/stick.

Download the free iCare Recovery Pro to retrieve all missing data.

How to Fix Memory Card File Missing Issues in Windows

After retrieving SD memory card data, you can fix the memory card file missing problem on your Windows computer 10/8/7/Vista/XP like this:

1). Disconnect camera/phone memory card

In case of any temporary sd memory card problems, merely shut down the camera/Windows/android cell phone safely and disconnect memory card.

2). Plunge memory card to PC with card reader/adaptor to fix card problems

If the restarting and reconnecting method cannot help you out, connect this memory card to your PC with a card reader/adaptor to check it there.
If the memory card can work smoothly there, go check and repair the original phone/camera carefully.
If the memory card keeps asking to format, or shows as raw file system or blank there, also go rescue files from sd memory card before any format.

==>>Also check this page to fix blank SD card raw file system error problems

3). CHKDSK testing and repairing

No matter whether you are sure this camera/phone CF memory card is corrupted or not, go right click this memory card in My Computer to highlight Properties and hit Tools tab to press Checking Now button there.
And, then, wait patiently till the CHKDSK testing an repairing process are finished.

==>>For more CHKDSK details, go visit this page: How to use CHKDSK to fix sd memory card

4). Format SD memory card in camera/phone/computer

And, now, you can also format sd memory card in your camera/phone/computer to fix the file disappearing/missing problems. Just safely format memory card from raw to FAT32/NTFS or the like file system types.
Always select the compatible memory card file system type.

==>>Also read more to convert raw to NTFS

5). Use Antivirus program

If your sd memory card is virus attacked, also download and rely on antivirus software to fix sd memory card file disappeared/missing problems. Perform a deep scanning there to remove all possible threats.

Why Camera/Android/Windows Phone CF Memory Card Photos Disappeared

Generally speaking, the camera/phone sd/cf/xd memory card/stick photos are able to get disappeared/missing/invisible suddenly or weirdly due to many reasons, like SD card was unexpectedly removed problems and more. And, here are several common causes behind sd memory card file disappearing/missing issues and hope you can exactly find yours:

1). Virus Attack

Did you used any newly downloaded and installed games, apps and tools on your computer/camera/Windows/android phone before the sd memory card data became invisible? Where did you downloaded or get them? In fact, once these newly used games/apps/tools are virus infected, your phone/camera/PC are also able to be attacked and all your Micro/Mini SD memory card files can also be infected, hidden or even deleted without any warning.

2). Camera/phone memory card gets corrupted

Are you sure this camera/phone/computer compact flash/sd memory card is still in good state? Honestly, after having been used for a really long time or frequently, the sd memory card also can get corrupted, like having bad sectors, and make memory card information missing without reason.

==>>For more SD memory card bad sector details, go read this to Fix SD Card Bad Sector problems

3). SD memory card photos are hidden

Have you set your phone/camera/computer sd memory card to hide memory card contents all? Merely go unhide them all to make them visible again.

4). Micro SD memory card Removed Rudely

Have you turned off the PC/camera/phone safely to remove/extract/disconnect Micro SD memory  card there? In fact, any rude sd memory card extracting/removing/disconnecting can not only damage the physical memory card/stick, and also corrupt the inner stored memory card file system data.

5). Sudden computer/camera/phone crashing/powering off/restarting

CF memory card files got disappeared when your camera/phone/computer suddenly restarts/crashes/powers off? The related sudden turning off/rebooting are also able to cause such memory card file missing problems, especially when the sd memory card is still in use.


No matter what happens to you, always rescue camera/phone memory card files before you start to fix such memory card problems. In the future, also always remove the sd memory card by using hardware removing icon after closing all saved files and folders.

Also read: 7 ways to fix corrupted sd card

Last updated on July 28, 2022

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