Micro SD Card Stopped Being Recognized - recovering data from micro sd

Last updated on 17/01/2017

Unrecognized micro SD card data recovery when it stops working normally

A micro SD card would stop working normally in your mobile phone or when you connect it to your computer. You can use iCare Data Recovery Pro to get back lost files from microSD whenever it cannot work on any device.

"I have a 4GB micro SD card which has been used in my Blackberry mobile phone for several years. The micro SD card is full of precious music, videos and pictures. Several days ago, my Blackberry phone switched off all of a sudden without any warning when I was listening to music. When I turned on the phone, it says cannot find a storage media. Connecting the micro SD card to my computer, it cannot show as a removable disk in My Computer. Instead, the computer cannot recognize the micro SD card. I want to ask how to get back the files from the micro SD card when it is not recognized by my Blackberry phone and computer."

"My micro SD card cannot be detected on mobile phone and computer, but it still contains lots of important files. Can I restore files from an unrecognized micro SD card and how?"

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Solution - Recover Data from Micro SD Card That Is Not Recognized

If the micro SD card cannot be recognized, you cannot read any file from the card. In this situation, the first thing you need to do is to stop using the card and then you can use iCare Data Recovery Pro, the professional data recovery software to rescue files from the micro SD card. You just need to connect the micro SD card to your computer and install the data recovery software on your computer. Although PC is unable to recognize the micro SD card, the data recovery software can detect the card and perform deep scan on the memory card for lost files. This data recovery utility can help recover all types of files and allows you to preview them.

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Steps to Recover Files from Unrecognized Micro SD Card

You can follow the steps below to recover lost files from the micro SD card when it cannot be recognized by mobile phone, digital camera, computer or other devices:

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Step1. Connect the micro SD card to your computer via a card reader. Download and install the data recovery software. Run the software and select a recovery module.

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Step2. Choose the micro SD card as aim disk so that the software can scan it for lost files. You only need to wait patiently when the software is scanning.

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Step3. After scanning, you are allowed to preview the found files. Then, you can select the files you need and recover them.

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How to Repair Undetected Micro SD Card?

Any method you know for undetected micro SD card repairing is appreciated to use after data recovery. Since a micro SD card may become undetectable due to hardware issue or micro SD card error, you have to check each problem one by one so as to find the correct solution. Therefore, you can follow this guide below to fix micro SD card not reading by any device problem:

1. Reinsert / reconnect micro SD card

A micro SD card would become unreadable on a smartphone or computer. Please do following things:
If mobile phone says micro SD card is removed insert a new one, you can turn off the phone and reinsert the micro SD card or insert the card to another phone if possible.
If PC cannot read micro SD card, you can change another card reader or USB cable for micro SD card attaching. Then, try to plug the micro SD card to a different USB port or computer.

2. Update driver for micro SD card

A micro SD card can be read by Windows does not only have relation with a proper card reader or USB cable, but also has relation with a proper driver. If driver cannot be compatible with micro SD card, it would also fail to recognize the card. You can open Device Manger on computer and update driver for micro SD card. Or you can check update for Windows to update all hardware.

3. Go to Disk Management to format micro SD card

If micro SD card does not appear on cellphone or PC after doing the things above, now connect the micro SD card to a Windows computer via a proper card reader and open Disk Management. If the micro SD card shows as an unknown or unsupported device there, you can right click the device and reformat the card.

4. Repair unreadable micro SD card with CMD

You can run diskpart from CMD to format micro SD card or open CHKDSK command to fix the unreadable micro SD card on your computer.

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Micro SD Card Not Reading in Mobile Phone

Nowadays, most mobile phones have internal memory for data storage, but you can also insert a memory card to the phone as an external storage media. Several year’s ago, mobile phone still didn’t have internal memory, so you have to insert a memory card to a mobile phone so that you can save different types of files like photos, videos, music, etc. Micro SD card is one of the most widely used memory cards in mobile phones. For a mobile phone that has no internal memory, if the micro SD card cannot be recognized by the phone, you will be unable to save any data. Even worse, you cannot read any data from the micro SD card on the phone. A micro SD card might be unable to be recognized when there is something wrong with the phone or the card is corrupted. If there is something wrong with the mobile phone, you only need to insert the card to another mobile phone and problem can be resolved easily. If the card is corrupted, you need to use the data recovery software to restore deleted pictures from SD card.

Symptoms when smartphone cannot detect micro SD card:

  • Phone says no micro SD card, please insert a card
  • Android phone cannot find micro SD card
  • Cellphone says there is no valid media when you want to save data to the micro SD card

Micro SD Cad Not Showing up on Computer

When the micro SD card is not recognized on mobile phone, it might also not show on Windows when you connect it to your computer. When a micro SD card is not recognized by computer, it may have following symptoms:

  • The icon of Micro SD card does not appear in My Computer
  • Micro SD card shows as a removable disk when being connected to PC, but the icon disappear after a while
  • Micro SD card appears in My Computer, but PC says please insert a disk into drive when you double click it

In this situation, the data recovery software can help you recover files from the micro SD card. What you should do is to stop using the micro SD card and then install the data recovery software to your computer. The software can deep scan the micro SD card in order to search for files on the card. After scanning, the software allows you to preview the files.

It does not matter why micro SD card becomes not recognized by Android phone or your computer. You have a good chance to get back all inaccessible data from the unrecognized micro SD card before formatting it and writing new data.

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