SD Card Is Not Recognized

Last updated on 5/10/2020

SD card is not recognized how to fix?

An SD card can be used in digital camera, phone or other devices. When an SD card is not recognized, you may find:

  • SD card does not detected at all in mobile phone, or camera, or digital devices, no where to find it, no error code...
  • Digital camera or mobile phone says "please insert SD card" when you access or write data to the SD card inserted in your camera or phone
  • SD card not found in Samsung galaxy or other phones
  • Windows OS pops up message saying "There is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk into drive" or corrupted SD card does not show up as a removable disk on your computer...

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Unrecognized SD Card Recovery

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Fix SD Card Not Showing Up 4 Solutions

When an SD card stops working, it does not always mean that there are some problems on the SD card. Probably, it is your phone, camera or SD card reader, PC USB ports, etc that lead the SD card to be unreadable. To fix the problem, the first thing is to know what caused the issue. If it is really SD card problems that cause it to unworkable, you can try following methods:

Fix #1. Go to Disk Management on PC to see how SD card shows.You can also format the volume at Disk Management to fix the card.

Repair unrecognized SD cardRepair unrecognized SD card by format in disk management

Fix #2. Check for updates on Windows to update the drivers to ensure it can be compatible with SD card.

Repair unrecognized SD card update sd card driverUpdate sd card driver for unrecognized SD card

Fix #3. Scan and repair virus or spyware on the corrupted SD card

Fix #4. Run CMD command prompt to fix the unrecognized SD card. Here we will give specific steps to make it.

Step1: Run CMD. and Type diskpart to open diskpart

Repair unrecognized SD card with CMDRepair unrecognized SD card with CMD

Step2: Type list disk and follow the steps that shows below. (You need to type diskpart to get diskpart launched at first.)

Repair unrecognized SD card with CMDRepair unrecognized SD card with CMD diskpart to format

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SD Card Not Detected in Android / Laptop / Computer

SD card is not found in your Android phone when you are sure you have inserted it to the phone properly?

When SD memory card cannot be recognized by phone, please do following things:

Firstly, remove the SD card out of the phone and insert it to another phone. Doing it is to check whether it is SD card or phone that causes the SD card to be unreadable. If there is no another mobile at hand, you can attach the SD card to your laptop / desktop to have a check. It is sure that SD card is corrupted if it cannot be detected by cellphone and computer.

SD Card Not Showing up Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

Sometimes, when SD card is not showing up on a computer, you can connect it to another pc that runs a different Windows PC. SD card would fail to be recognized by Windows sometimes, because you have not installed a proper driver that can read your SD card.

You can try another card reader or try it on another computer, if it is not the computer problem, you can use iCare Data Recovery to scan, if it cannot be detected, you have to repair it at a repair shop for professional advice.

Recover Files from Unrecognized SD Card

When an SD card is unrecognized by PC, you still have chance to recover pictures from unreadable SD card by using iCare Data Recovery Pro. It recovers files from all types of SD card and other storage media when it is unreadable due to unrecognized format. This data recovery software can work on Windows operating system to recover data from SD card of SanDisk, Transcend, Lexar, Kingston, Samsung, Lexar, Toshiba, Sony and more. By using iCare Data Recovery software, you can retrieve images, videos, music, documents and almost all types of files stored on your SD card.

Steps to Recover Files from Undetectable SD Card

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Step1. Attach SD card to Windows, download and launch the software to select a recovery option.

select recovery mode

Step2.  Choose the SD card and wait the software to scan.

wait while scanning

Step3. preview the found photos and choose all files you need to recover.

preview found photo

How to Read SD Card That Cannot Work?

SD card is unreadable and says unrecognized format error? In this situation, firstly you can restore files on the card. Then, try format the SD to fix the error. If the SD card is undetected by Windows Explorer, you can open Disk Management to check if it is detected there. When you format an SD card, an alert message probably says Windows can't complete the format. In this situation, you can run Windows Error-checking tool to fix bad sectors on the card.

Now, free download iCare Data Recovery to perform data recovery from unrecognized SD card and then fix the error after recovering everything you need.

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