SD Card Is Showing Empty or Blank in My Phone

"I have a 4GB SD card which contains more than 1GB data in my Android phone, but it is showing empty after power off of my phone. My Android phone switched off when I was viewing photos on the SD card. When I reboot my phone, SD card shows no files on the phone. I doubt that the files on the SD card are corrupted due to power off, so I want to know how to recover data from corrupted SD card."

"My micro SD card turns to RAW file system and says 0 byte space though it contains lots of precious family photos and videos. It asks me to format SD card before I can use it, but formatting will erase the SD card. Is there any way to get back files from RAW SD card which shows 0 byte space?"

How to fix android phone showing blank SD Card

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Although SD card shows blank, it does not mean that all files are lost permanently. As long as the lost data is not overwritten and the SD card is not physically damaged, you can use iCare Data Recovery to restore any lost file such as images, videos, music etc.

Fix#1 Recover SD Card Files on PC

Free Mobile Phone SD Card Recovery


Download iCare Data Recovery Pro Free to recover files from mobile phone memory card including photos, videos, music... And it is totally free of charge if your recovered data is within 1GB.

Step1. Run the data recovery software and select a recovery module.

select recovery mode

Step2. Select the SD card as aim disk so that the software can scan it for lost files.

wait while scanning

Step3. You can preview the found pictures and documents. Then, you can recover the files you need.

preview found photo

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Fix#2 - Check .nomedia File on Phone to Show Files

When the phone sd card files show empty, or not displaying, it's one thing that some .nomedia file may hide the files from showing up. This .nomedia file can be found under the folder of your sd card.

You may connect the sd card to PC and then remove the .nomedia file. The following image displays the folder where the .nomedia file can be removed.

file sd card not showing gallery fix

Also read: how to remove .nomedia file on phone

Why SD Card Shows Empty?

1. The file system of SD card is corrupted
SD card filesystem might be corrupted due to virus infection, bad sectors, improper operation and more other reasons. If an SD card is corrupted, the files stored on the card might become invisible or unreadable.

2. Files are deleted by antivirus software
Have you encountered the problem that your SD card shows empty after running antivirus software? Sometimes, antivirus software will delete files from SD card because it marks it as virus. Therefore, you should be careful when you want to run anti-virus software to scan and erase virus.

More Users with the Same SD Card Not Showing Error

This is not some one in the universe but common sd card error for many mobile phone users. And here are some similar users with the same kind of situations.

"16GB SD card shows blank and has unsupported file system in my Blackberry Q10, so I cannot access any file on the SD card. I tried to insert the SD card to another mobile phone and computer, but I still get the same error message. The files on the SD card are really very important to me, so I will appreciate it very much I anybody can tell me how to recover lost files from Blackberry Q10 SD card."

"It seems all kinds of files are missing because my SD card shows empty when I open it, but the problem is that I did not delete any file from the card. Can you tell me where my data is and how to recover the lost files?"

Last updated on Nov 01, 2022

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