SD Card Not Showing Up or Working in Windows 10/8/7

Abby Haines updated on Sep 12, 2019 to Data Recovery Solution | How-to Articles


Is your SD card not showing up or working on PC? Here you can find a list of solutions to fix the SD card is not showing up, detected, recognized, working, reading or mounting issues effectively. If it has caused data loss, apply EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for fast and effective data recovery on your SD card.

If you are having one of the below-listed problems on your SD card, it means that your SD card has got some tricky issues and you may even lose saved data in your card:

  • SD card is not recognized
  • SD card is not detected by PC, Android phone, camera or camcorder
  • SD card is not reading on cellphone, computer, camera or video player
  • SD card doesn't show up on PC, camera, Android phone, etc.

sd card not showing up in windows 10/8/7

To find solutions to fix the SD card problems that you are having, you may first check and find how and why the detecting, recognizing issues occurred to your SD, SDHC, SDXC, Micro SD cards.

Why is SD Card Not Showing up

It is a common issue that SD is not showing up in Window PC. Check the list of possible reasons and you may find the exact reason that caused your SD card not showing up or recognized.

  • Poor contact between SD card and computer.
  • The drive letter of your SD card is missing.
  • The file system of the SD card is unrecognized or corrupted.
  • The device driver is outdated.
  • The SD card is infected with a virus.

These problems are not exclusive to PC users. Thus, it's really necessary for you to know how to solve these problems. The similar issue also occurs to Mac users now and then, you can follow this link: flash drive not showing up on Mac to get rid of this issue from your SD card on Mac.

Based on the reasons above, we have collected a list of solutions to fix this issue. You can try them one by one to repair corrupted memory card not detected, and no data loss will happen. 

Solution 1. Test SD Card on Another PC or A New Card Reader
Solution 2. Change the Drive Letter of Unrecognized SD Card
Solution 3. Run CHKDSK to Make the SD Card Detectable
Solution 4. Update the SD Card Driver
Solution 5. Force SD Card to Show Up from Virus or Malware
Solution 6. Recover Data and Format SD card

Solution 1. Test SD Card on Another PC or A New Card Reader 

Applies To: SD is not showing up, not reading issues

When you encounter this issue that the SD card or hard drive is not showing up on your PC, the first thing you should check is whether the SD card has a connection issue. Here, you’ll have two ways to test your unrecognized or undetectable SD card:

  • Change a new SD card reader or a new SD card USB adaptor
  • Connect the SD card to another PC

Change SD connection to test why SD card becomes undetectable.

Then you can test your SD card and see if it shows up on your PC or not. If it does work with the new SD card reader or the new computer, then it’s not a faulty card. Your card reader should be faulty.

If your SD card neither works on the other PC nor the new card reader, the problem exists in your SD card. Read on and you'll find better solutions to resolve this problem.

Solution 2. Change the Drive Letter of Unrecognized SD Card

Applies To: SD is not showing up, reading or detected

If your SD card is connected to computer well but it fails to show up in File Explorer, you can go to Disk Management to see whether its drive letter is missing or disappearing.

If it's so, you can assign a new drive letter to your card and make it recognizable again with steps below:

  • Step 1: Press "Windows" + "R" at the same time to open the Run dialogue.
  • Step 2: Input "diskmgmt.msc" and press "Enter" key to open Disk Management.
  • Step 3: Located the SD card, right-click the partition on it and select "Change Drive Letter and Path…".
  • Step 4: In the pop-up window, click "Add" to assign the drive letter to your SD card.

change drive letter to make the sd card detectable

Solution 3. Run CHKDSK to Make the SD Card Detectable

Applies To: SD is not detected, recognized 

  • Step 1: Right-click on My Computer/This PC and select "Manage", click on "Disk Management".
  • Find the device in the drive viewer and check out whether the computer can detect your memory card or not.

If it is not detectable, continue the process with the CHKDSK command with the following steps.

  • Step 2: Press "Win+R" keys > Type: cmd and hit Enter.
  • Step 3: Type: chkdsk D: / f and hit Enter. (D is the drive letter of your memory card).
  • Or you can type: chkdsk D:/f /offlinescanandfix and hit Enter.

If you don't have any technical know-how and want to minimize data risks, using third-party software could be a better choice. The Command line is suitable for computer professionals since wrong commands can cause severe problems. Therefore, we strongly recommend you to try an automatic command line alternative.

EaseUS Tool M is a practical computer fixing tool that is safe and light-weighted. It's a perfect alternative to CHKDSK command. Use this one-click tool to solve your computer issues.

To fix file system error or disk error:

Step 1: DOWNLOAD EaseUS Tool M for Free and install it.

Step 2: Open the software and select "File Fixing" on the left pane. 

On the right pane, choose the drive and check off the box at the bottom - "Check and fix file system error". Then, click "Fix" to start repairing the error.

Step 3: Wait until the operation completes. Wait until the operation completes. After the operation completes, click the "View" button to check the drive. 

select the drive and check off file system error

This will check and fix the found errors in your memory SD card automatically and make the card detectable again.

Solution 4. Update the SD Card Driver

Applies To: SD is not working error

Go to Device Manager, here you will see the card reader in the list. If it has a yellow sign beside it, the problem is most probably caused by a driver issue. Then you need to update the driver. Here's how to do:

  • Step 1: Connect the SD card to the PC
  • Step 2: Navigate Control Panel -> System -> Device Manager -> Disk drivers.
  • Step 3: Find and right-click on the SD card, and first choose "Uninstall" and then choose "Scan for hardware changes" to refresh the drivers.

update the sd card driver

Solution 5. Force SD Card to Show Up from Virus or Malware 

Applies To: SD is not working, reading

Sometimes, virus attack or malware may encrypt or even hide your SD card on Windows PC. You can run a virus cleaning software to clean up virus or malware on your SD card and PC. And follow the guidelines below to force SD card showing up:

  • Step 1: Plug in your SD memory card to your computer.
  • Step 2: Go to the start menu, type in "cmd" in a search bar, hit enter and then you can see something named "cmd. exe" under a list of programs.
  • Step 3: Right-click "cmd. exe" and then you will get the command windows that allows you to recover virus infected files. Type in "attrib -h -r -s /s /d drive letter:\*.*", for example, "attrib -h -r -s /s /d G:\*.*".

Solution 6. Recover Data and Format SD card for Reusing

Applies To: SD is not working or reading

If the SD card is still not working or recognized, or your SD card can be detected but you lost important files after trying all the methods above, we advise you to apply EaseUS disk data recovery to recover data from your SD card. Then format the sd card to make it reusable again. 

Only if your SD card can be detected in Disk Management, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will work for a fast data scanning and restoring.

To recover data from an SD card, follow these steps:

Stop using your SD card immediately once you lost files on it. Continuing using the card would hugely increase the chance of data overwriting, which makes data unrecoverable.

Step 1: Connect the SD card to PC

Insert the SD card to a card reader, and connect the card reader with your SD card to a healthy computer.

Step 2: Run SD card recovery software and scan the card.

  • Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your PC and select your SD card under the External Devices column.
  • Then click Scan to start finding lost data on your SD card now.
Run SD card recovery software.

Step 3: Check found SD card data.

After the scanning process, you can preview and find your lost SD card files from below listed tabs:

  • Deleted Files: List your deleted files there.
  • Drive X: All lost files can be found here.
  • Lost Partition Files: Check first if it's for formatted recovery.
  • Extra Files: Finds files that lost names or paths.

And you can use Filter and Search to quickly find your files.

Find lost SD card files.

Step 4: Restore SD card data.

  • You can check and preview found files by double-clicking each one of them.
  • Then click Recover to save found SD card files to a secure location on your PC or an external storage.
Restore lost SD card files.

After restoring and saving the SD card to another secure location on your PC, you can then format your SD card and convert the file system to FAT32 or NTFS, make it available for saving data again. 


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