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

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.

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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 reliableEaseUS Data Recovery Wizard 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 Wizard 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.

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Video tutorial about photo recovery:

Step 1. Open EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Find your SD card, camera, or hard drive partition where you deleted or lost pictures, then click "Scan".

select a location and scan for lost pictures

Step 2. After the scanning finishes, choose "Pictures" in the left panel to quickly filter photos. 

filter the lost photos

Step 3. You can preview the pictures you want to recover. Then, click "Recover" and choose another location to save the recovered data.

Recover lost photos

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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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is a senior editor and data recovery specialist of EaseUS. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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