How to Backup SanDisk SD Card for Windows 11/10/8/7

Do you know how to backup SanDisk SD card? It is essential to back up their SD cards to prevent accidental data loss. In this post, I will describe the importance of SanDisk SD card backup and introduce three ways to help you back up your SD card.

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Updated on Feb 26, 2024

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Why Need to Backup SanDisk SD Card

If you are a SanDisk SD card user, you should understand how important it is to back up your SD card. SD card is a small device used to expand the storage space for electronic devices, including phones, digital cameras, etc. It is an excellent solution for storing data, such as photos, audio, and videos. If you mistakenly remove the data on the SD card or the data is infected by malware or virus, it would be a tragedy for you.

Under the circumstances, data recovery software is a way of data recovery, but backing up the SD card should be your top priority. Another benefit you can gain from backing up an SD card is that it can help free up storage space for other data storage. Therefore, it is vital to back up your SD card.

Three Possible Ways to Backup SanDisk SD Card

You can use many ways to back up your SanDisk SD card. Here, I will share three practical and easy-to-use methods to help you create a backup of the SanDisk SD card. Let's see how to back up a SanDisk SD card below.

  1. Method 1. Backup SD Card via SD Card Backup Software
  2. Method 2. Backup SD Card to Cloud Drive
  3. Method 3. Manually Copy SD Card to External Drive on PC

Method 1. Backup SD Card via SD Card Backup Software

When you connect an SD card to your computer, the SD card will be regarded as a part of the computer's local storage. Therefore, you can back up an SD card with third-party SD card backup software, such as EaseUS Todo Backup.

EaseUS Todo Backup Home is multi-functional backup software for Windows 11/10/8/7. It has a user-friendly and concise interface that simplifies the backup process. It allows you to create a system backup, file backup, disk backup, partition backup, etc. It enables you to create a scheduled backup, automatic backup, and differential and incremental backups. More importantly, it offers 250G of free cloud storage space.

You can perform the following guide to conducting the SanDisk SD card backup.

Step 1. Start with selecting the backup contents.

create disk backup step1

Step 2. There are four backup categories, File, Disk, OS, and Mail, click Disk.

create disk backup step2

Step 3. It is available to back up a whole disk or a certain partition. Choose the one you need and click OK.

disk partition backup

Step 4.  Select the destination where you want to save the backup.

select a backup target location

Step 5. For disk/partition backup, you can choose to save the backup to local drive or to NAS.

Disk backup step5

Step 6. After the backup process is completed, your task will be displayed at the left. Right-click any one of the task, you can further manage your backup such as recover it, create incremental backup, etc.

Disk backup step6

Method 2. Backup SD Card to Cloud Drive

Cloud drive, such as OneDrive and Google Drive, has recently gained more and more popularity. This is because it is away from computer issues and natural disasters, like system crashes, computer viruses, water, etc., and users can access the data anywhere and anytime. Therefore, many users want to back up data on an SD card to Cloud Drive. I will use Google Drive as an example to create a SanDisk SD card backup. If you have a Google account, you will have 15G of free Cloud storage.

You may wonder how to back up an SD card to Google drive. The following are the detailed steps to back up the SanDisk SD card, so you can follow the guide to do such a backup.

Step 1. Connect your SD card to your computer.

Step 2. Open Windows Explorer and then find your SD card. 

Step 3. Copy and paste data from the SD card to the Google Drive folder.

backup sd card to google drive

Note: You'd better create a new folder in "Google Drive" to save the backup. And the backup data will be synced to Google Drive automatically.

Method 3. Manually Copy SD Card to External Drive on PC

Another way of backing up a SanDisk SD card is to copy it to an external hard drive on a computer. What matters is that you should ensure that the data copying process will not be interrupted. Otherwise, you may lose your files if the copying procedure doesn't complete successfully. The manual route, however, is time-consuming and mainly suitable for small data sizes. The steps for coping and pasting data from the SD card to the external disk are as follows:

Step 1. Connect the SD card and an external hard drive to your computer correctly.

Step 2. Open File Explorer and then find the SD card.

Step 3. Press the Ctrl + A keys to choose all of the files on the SD card, right-click and then select "Copy".

Step 4. Open the external hard drive, right-click on an empty area and select "Paste".

copy sd card to external drive

Step 5. Wait for the process to be completed.

The Best Way of SanDisk SD Card Backup

Backing up a SanDisk SD card is beneficial to preventing data loss. In short, you can back up your SD card using EaseUS Todo Backup, Google Drive and manually copying the SD card. You can select any method to create an SD card backup. Considering flexibility, reliability, and safety, we suggest you use EaseUS Todo Backup. You can use it to do many backup and recovery tasks. It also allows you to clone a hard drive and perform the universal restore. Most importantly, it enables you to back up your file automatically.

In a word, EaseUS Todo Backup is a good and reliable SD card backup tool for all SD card users.


1. Why do SD cards get corrupted?

Some common causes of SD card corruption may be improper use, accumulated bad sectors, manufacturing defects, malware, and physical damage. The good news is that SD card corruption can be fixed in most cases without formatting.

2. What happens when a SD card is formatted?

In general, formatting an SD card means destroying all the existing data entries and disallowing you to find and use any file on the SD card. The existing files on the card will get lost. Besides, it may assign a new file system, including FAT32, exFAT, or NTFS, to the SD card. You should prepare a storage device used to store data.

3. Why can't I see files on my SD card?

If your SD card files are not showing up on your Android phone but appearing on your computer, your card may have a file system incompatible with your mobile. The Android phone does not support the NTFS file system. Instead, it is compatible with FAT32, Ext3, and Ext4 file systems.

4. What happens if I put my SD card in another phone?

To reuse the SD card, you need to reformat it. If another phone allows you to use the SD card as an adoptable storage drive, you still need to reformat it. You can do it via the dialog when you first insert the SD card, and the system will ask you what you want to do with it.

EaseUS Todo Backup

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