How to Fix 'Can't View Pictures on SD card in Camera or Computer'

Tracy King updated on Oct 12, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

If you can't find and view pictures on SD card, or photos on SD card not showing up on Camera or computer, do not worry, you can use the effective solutions here to fix this issue. Besides, a reliable photo recovery tool – EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is available to help you recover all missing photos from the SD card with ease.

I can't view or see pictures on SD card on Camera or computer, help!

"I took some beautiful pictures on this Winter holiday with my Canon camera, and I wanted to show them to my friends yesterday. But the photos on SD card not showing up on the camera. Then I tried to insert the camera SD card into my computer. Still, nothing appeared. Why can’t I view pictures on the SD card? Does anyone know how to recover the missing pictures?"

You can't find pictures on SD card on your camera when the following problems occur.  

  • Pictures are set as hidden files on the SD card.
  • Pictures on SD card are deleted by human error or virus attack.
  • The SD card has been formatted, corrupted, or damaged.
  • SD card error, which causes pictures can't be recognized or detected by camera/computer.
  • SD card is encrypted or write-protected.

It's dreadful that you can't view pictures saved on the SD card on your camera. But don't fret. You will find practical solutions to fix the error that photos on the SD card are not showing up. What's more, if the quick tips can't help you find pictures, you can use reliable data recovery software to restore the missing pictures with ease.

Quick Fixes for Pictures on SD Card Not Showing on Camera/Computer

1. Insert the SD card to a different camera, or use a different card reader, USB port. 

2. Show hidden files on the memory card

3. Remove write protection from SD Card. 

4. Remove virus or malware using antivirus software

How to Recover Missing Pictures from SD Card

After the above solutions, if you still can't find pictures on SD card, then the problem is probably on the SD card. That is to say, it might be corrupted or damaged caused by file system corruption, virus infection or physical damage. Besides, if the photos have already been deleted, you can't view pictures either. In these cases, you need to use EaseUS data recovery software to help you recover missing pictures from the SD card that not showing pictures on the camera or computer.

With this competent tool, you can recover data from formatted SD card, or RAW/inaccessible/unrecognizable/unreadable SD card. Now, download this SD card data recovery software and start to restore pictures on your camera.

Step 1. Connect the SD card and start scanning.

Connect the SD card to the computer via a card reader. Then launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the SD card, and click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select the photos you want to recover.

Wait until the scanning completes and then select the photos you want to recover. To locate the items faster, click "Filter" > "Pictures".

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover photos.

Click "Recover" and choose a location on another device to save the photos.

Recover lost data

Format the SD Card Whose Photos Are Not Showing on Camera/PC

After the data recovery, to use the camera normally and make later pictures viewable, you can try to format the SD card to solve the issue that photos on SD card not showing up on the camera.  

1. Go to This PC or Disk Management in Windows 10, and right-click on the SD card, select "Format".

2. Set Volume Label, File System (NTFS), and Allocation unit size. The default format option is Quick Format. Then, click "OK" to start the operation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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