Is your SD card not showing up on your PC? Don’t worry!

In this article, we will discuss the reasons why your SD card is not displaying data on your devices and windows. If your micro SD card not recognized and display the data, then do not rush to format it. There are many ways you can fix the problem. Using the Recoverit tool, you can get your data back without damaging it.

Why is the SD card not recognized on Windows 7 / 8 / 10?

SD card is the most commonly used storage device as it is small, portable, and easy to use. With the increasing amount of data, it has become our need. We need an external storage device to store our personal and professional data.

There are removable storage devices with high capacity, and they are compatible with smart devices like mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and computers. SD cards provide a lot of storage capacity to store video, images, files, and documents.

But sometimes you get an error saying ‘SD card not recognized’ or SD card is not showing up. It means that your card gets corrupted and needs solutions to fix it. There could be a lot of reasons that your external storage device gets corrupted. We first need to identify the problems and then find solutions to fix them.

There are many reasons behind a non-recognizable memory card. It may get damaged due to a lot of reasons. Here is a list of some common causes.

Connection Issue_ SD card may not connect well with the device due to damaged port, USB, card reader, or adapter.

Incompatible File System_ You try to access the memory card, and nothing is displaying, then there might be an issue of incompatibility. Make it compatible with the device to read the files.

Locked SD card_ when your card has a write protection feature enabled, it will not allow the device to read the data. Therefore, data does not display on the device.

Lost drive letter_ you are not able to access a partition without a driver letter in windows. If an SD card has lost its drive letter, the data will not display on the screen.

Corrupted drivers_ if the SD card is displaying in the device manager, but it’s not showing up in the system, there may be corrupted drivers. See the disk management system to see the problem.

Partition Loss_ If your card has lost the partition, it will not display data because of unallocated space.

Physically damaged SD card_ if the card gets physically damaged, it will not insert into the card reader or USB.

These are the problems that your SD card may get corrupted. There are a lot of solutions through which you can fix a corrupted or damaged card.

How can we fix the SD card or memory card not detected on Windows 7 / 8 / 10?

You can fix the error saying ‘SD card not recognized’ without knowing any technical expertise. Here are some easy ways to manually solve the problem when your window 7/ 8/ 10 does not detect the SD card.

Check Card Reader or USB port!

When the window is not detecting the card reader, change the USB port of your system, and check if there is any problem with your card reader. Your SD card can’t display the data, and the window is unable to detect it when the port is not working fine.

Put the card reader or USB into another port of your system. And if it still does not work, then try using it on another device. There might be a problem with your device, or the card reader may not be compatible with your system.

Change drive letter in Disk Management

If the SD is not showing up in windows 7/ 8/ 10, check whether there is a drive letter in your system or not. The card will not show up in your system without a diver letter. Follow these steps to add a drive letter.

Step1: Right-click on the ‘Start’ button and select the disk management option from there.

Step 2: Select the ‘Change Driver Letter and Paths’ option after finding the memory card.

Step 3: Click the ‘Add’ button and select a driver letter.

Step 4: Click the ‘Ok’ button, and your SD card will appear in the File Explorer.

Update the SD card driver

Your SD card is displaying in your system, but there is a yellow sign with it, then there is a driver problem. You need to update the driver to get access to data using the following steps.

Step 1: Connect the card with your system.

Step 2: Navigate Control panel->System->Device Manager->Disk Drivers.

Step 3: Find your SD card there, and uninstall it.

Step 4: Choose the ‘Scan for hardware changes’ option.

Disable the write protection

If you enable the write protection feature for your SD card, you might be unable to modify it. You cannot make changes to it if you have locked it before. Remove the write protection from the SD card by accessing the device management of your system.

Format the SD card

When you have tried everything and nothing can solve the problem, and then format the SD card. Apply this solution only when the system can recognize the SD card, but no data is showing up. You can format it by connecting the card reader to your computer. Backup the data to somewhere else on your PC and format it.

How to recover and repair data from corrupted SD Card using Recoverit?

These are the manual steps you can follow to solve the error. If you can’t restore the data from the memory card, try using a software tool to recover the data. Recoverit Data recovery software helps to back up your data effectively. It allows you to recover audio and video files, pictures, files, and documents. You can recover the lost data from a corrupted memory card.

Here are the steps you can follow to get back your data.

Step 1: Select the Data Recovery Mode

After launching the Wondershare Recoverit Tool, select the data recovery mode. You need to click the ‘External Data Recovery’ option shown in the image.

Step 2: Select SD card media

Select the media from your SD card you want to recover and click the ‘Start’ button.

Step 3: Scan the SD card!

A quick scan starts to search for your lost data. You can recover more files by using the ‘All-Around Recovery’ option.

Step 4: Preview and Recover data!

After scanning, you can preview the recovered data files, and you can get back the files by clicking the ‘Recover’ button.

Final Words

There could be a lot of reasons that your window is not able to detect the SD card. We have mentioned those reasons in this article along with the solutions. You can fix the problem of unrecognized and undetectable SD card using manual solutions.

You can also use the Wondershare Recoverit data recovery tool to repair the corrupted SD cards and lost files. It is the best tool for data recovery with advanced features for scanning and previews the recovered files.