SanDisk Micro SD Card Is Not Accessible Access Is Denied

Last updated on 17/01/2017

FAQ: My SanDisk Micro SD Card Is Not Accessible

"Today after plugging my SanDisk micro SD card 4GB to my computer, the micro SD card shows as a removable disk H: in My Computer. But when I double click the micro SD card, Windows pops up a message to say H:\ is not accessible, access is denied. I receive the same message when trying to access the micro SD card under Disk Management. Inserting the micro SD card to my phone, I still cannot access the card because it says there is no valid media. I am wondering if I can get any help to access the micro SD card without hurting the data stored on it. Or is there any solution for micro SD card deleted files recovery when access to it is denied?"

This user run into the situation, in which SanDisk micro SD card is not accessible but reports access is denied error message. (Showing as the image on the right side)


  • SanDisk micro SD card shows warning information access is denied
  • You are unable to open, read, write, copy, delete or modify any file or folder on the SanDisk micro SD card

When PC pops up the Windows containing alert that micro SD card is not accessible, access is denied, you can follow two steps to fix the problem, namely recovering data and repair the error.


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An inaccessible micro SD card makes almost everybody upset, especially when the card contains lots of important data. Micro SD card recovery software can helps resolve the problem, because it allows you to get back data from any type of memory card even if it becomes inaccessible or unreadable. This software allows you to recover videos, pictures, audio files, office files and any other type of files from not only SanDisk micro SD card but also other brands of card like Samsung, Toshiba, Lexar, Transcend, Kingston, Kingmax, Maxell, Panasonic and more. If you are unfortunately run into the situation that micro SD card is not accessible, you can connect it to your computer and follow the guide below to get back lost files now.

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Steps to Recover Data from SanDisk Micro SD Card When Access Is Denied

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Step1. Download and install the micro SD card recovery software to your computer after plugging the micro SD card. Then, run the software and choose a recovery module.

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Step2. You need to select the SanDisk micro SD card as aim disk so that the software can scan for lost files. You just need to wait when the software is scanning.

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Step3. When the scanning is completed, you can preview the found files. Then, you can select the files you need and recover them.

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When you receive those messages, you will also be unable to access the micro SD card. Fortunately, the micro SD card recovery software, namely iCare Data Recovery Pro ,is available for data recovery from inaccessible micro SD card in all those situations.

You can format the micro SD card when all data is restored. If you mistakenly format the SanDisk micro SD card before data recovery, you still have chance to recover lost files from formatted microSD card as long as you have not written any new data to the memory card

Possible Reasons That SanDisk Micro SD Card Is Not Accessible

When a micro SD card can work normally, you can open it and access files on cell phone and computer. However, if a micro SD card becomes not accessible, it may stop working on all devices. Usually, a micro SD card might be not accessible due to following reasons:

  • Micro SD card is infected with virus
  • There are bad sectors on the micro SD card
  • The ownership has changed, so you do not have permissions to access the SanDisk micro SD card
  • Micro SD card is corrupted
  • Micro SD card is physically damaged due to improper operation or other reasons
  • More other unknown reasons

Those are possible but not all reasons that can lead a micro SD card to be inaccessible.

SanDisk Micro SD Card Access Denied Fix Windows

You can fix access denied problem on SanDisk micro SD card on Windows PC for different reasons. To fix access denied problem on SanDisk micro SD card, here are two common situations:

Situation 1: If SanDisk micro SD card is physically damaged, you may need to contact the manufacturer to repair it. It is recommended you to buy a new one if the card is out of the warranty period.

Situation 2: If the SanDisk micro SD card just becomes not accessible due to some other reasons like file system corruption, virus infection, bad sectors, etc, you can do it yourself to fix the problem with following methods.

1. Take ownership and permissions

You can take ownership and permissions by right clicking the inaccessible SanDisk micro SD on PC > select "Properties" > click "Security" tab > click "Edit" to change permissions (or click "Advanced" for special permissions or advanced settings)

2. Share drive to get permissions

You can share the SanDisk micro SD card to get permissions: Right click the card > select "Properties" > click "Share" tab > click "Advanced" > select "Share this folder" and click "Permissions" button > add "Everyone" and select "Full Control" > click "Apply" button

3. Run CHKDSK to repair the inaccessible SanDisk micro SD

CHKDSK command is able to fix the access denied problem on your SanDisk micro SD card by typing chkdsk: h:/f (replace h: with the drive letter of the SanDisk micro SD card)

4. Change drive letter of SanDisk micro SD card

Open Disk Management and right click the SanDisk micro SD > select "Change drive letter and paths" > assign a new drive letter to the micro SD card following the wizard (please do not assign an existing drive letter to the card)

5. Run antivirus software to scanning SanDisk micro SD card

You had better run an antivirus program on PC to scan the inaccessible SanDisk micro SD card to check and erase viruses, Trojan and spyware hidden on the card.

6. Format the SanDisk micro SD card in Windows Explorer, Disk Management or using Diskpart from command line

There are different ways to format a memory card, so just have a try with any method you know to format the inaccessible SanDisk micro SD card. In addition to formatting it on PC, you can also format it on your Android phone. Please format the SanDisk micro SD card to proper file system (usually FAT32) to ensure that it can work normally after formatting.

All methods recommended here are available for Windows OS for access denied repairing for SanDisk micro SD card.

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Access Denied SanDisk Micro SD Android

Micro SD card is used in Android phone more often. When a SanDisk micro SD card is not accessible in Android mobile, you can connect it to PC and use the methods above to fix it. Or you can format the card in your smartphone directly.

Related Messages You May Receive When SanDisk Micro SD Card Is Inaccessible

Undoubtedly, micro SD card makes it quite convenient to save all kinds of data. However, a micro SD card can become inaccessible in many situations and you may receive different kinds of error message when micro SD card is not accessible. Here are the possible error messages you may receive:

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