SD Card Is Full or Not Accessible

"I got an alerting message showing SD card is full or not accessible when I was trying to update a game App on my android phone. However, the problem is my game is installed on the phone internal memory instead of the SD memory card. I also have checked the SD card in my phone, which still has lots of free space (more than 20GB free space of 32GB SD card). Is there any way to fix this problem rather than quitting the game?"

When it reports that SD card is full or not accessible in any situation, probably the SD card is really full or the SD card is corrupted.

If the SD card does not have enough available space, you just need to move some data to other media. If the SD card is corrupted, you had better use a proper method to keep the SD card data safe – use iCare Data Recovery Pro for inaccessible SD card restore.

Solution - Recover Files from Inaccessible SD Card

If you keep writing lots of data to an SD card when it is nearly full, the card might become corrupted and stop working normally. As a result, you may receive message like "SD card is full and not accessible". In this situation, you have to rely on iCare Data Recovery Pro to get back files from the inaccessible SD card. The data recovery software helps scan and search for all types of files on the SD card and allows you to preview the found files after scanning. With this software, you can recover any type of file like pictures, videos, music and more. All kinds of SD card like micro SD, mini SD, MMC, SDHC, etc are supported by this software. By using this software, you can restore files from the SD card when it is not accessible, unreadable or unrecognizable.

Steps to Recover Data from Inaccessible SD Card

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Step1. Insert the SD card to your computer. Download and install the SD card to your computer. Then, you can run the software and choose a recovery module.

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Step2. Choose the SD card as target device and let the software scan the card for lost files. You only need to wait when the software is scanning.

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Step3. You can preview the found files when scanning is finished. Then, you can choose the files you need and recover them.

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Why SD Card Says It Is Full and Inaccessible?

Here are causes that might lead an SD memory card to be not accessible or shows full:

1. SD card has no enough free space

As the alerting shows, SD card has insufficient space. Therefore, you cannot write new data to it.

2. Virus Infection

If you have saved any file that contain virus to your SD card, the card will be attacked by virus and become corrupted. In this situation, SD card might show the similar error message like "SD card is full not accessible". When and SD card is not accessible due to virus infection, you need to run anti-virus software to scan the card and remove all virus. In order to get back all lost files from the SD card, you should run the data recovery software to restore files on the SD card first before run any anti-virus software. The data recovery software is available for SD card data recovery even if it is infected with virus. If you don’t want to lose any data due to virus infection, you had better remember to use your SD card in a safe environment and avoid saving any possible virus infected data to your SD card.

3. SD card incompatibility

If you often insert your SD card to different kinds of device, it may result in incompatibility of the card. Therefore, you had better use your SD card in one device and avoid inserting it to numerous devices which are incompatible with the SD card. In addition, if you want to save or install any application on your SD card of your Android phone, you should be careful and install it in a correct and safe way. Sometimes, improper way of installing any application on an SD card will also lead your SD card to be corrupted and show the similar message like SD card full and not accessible.

4. SD card is corrupted

SD card corruption usually refers to the situation that the file system of the SD card is damaged or it becomes physically damaged. When SD card has bad sectors, file system corruption or physical damage, it would say SD card is corrupted when you writing, copying, deleting or modifying data on the card.

How to Fix SD Card Full or Not Accessible Error?

You may use different solutions for different situations that SD card tells it is full or inaccessible:

Situation 1: SD card is full with no available space

This problem is easiest to resolve. If there is much free space on the phone internal memory, you can move some data from the SD card to your phone. Or you can connect the SD card to computer and update some files to hard disk. Regularly delete unnecessary files from SD card and clean SD card storage to free up cookies and caches to avoid unnecessary space usage.

Situation 2: The program you run is not compatible with SD card

It is easy to distinguish this problem. Usually, it reports the message when you run or update or certain application on your phone. Just like the case at the beginning of this article, the user realized that SD card says full or not accessible when he attempted to update a game on his mobile. This problem usually occurs since the application contains virus or not compatible with the phone system. You just need to uninstall the program, after which you will no longer receive this problem. If you really want to play this game or use the application, you can go to its official sites to download the copyrighted one in case of virus infection.

Situation 3: Fix corrupted SD card

SD card gets corrupted due to many reasons. To fix corrupted SD card, the most useful way is to format it. If format is not completed to a corrupted SD card, you can plug it to PC and check and repair errors using command line.

SD Card Says It Is Not Accessible Access Is Denied

This is a similar problem related to SD card full or inaccessible, because your SD memory card also becomes not accessible when it reports access is denied error.

If SD card is inaccessible showing access denied problem, please visit this page – Access to SD card is denied>>

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