SD Card Driver Windows 10 | Computer Won't Read SD Card in Windows 10/8/7

Jean updated on Jun 19, 2020 to Partition Manager | How-to Articles

There six approaches in all to solve the SD card driver or SD card reader not working on Windows 10 problem. Start from the top of the list and work your way down until you find the method that works for you.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Clean SD Card & Reader A dirty SD card or a dusty card reader will cause poor contact and make SD card not reading...Full steps
Fix 2. Update SD Card Driver Incorrect or outdated card reader driver can make the SD card unrecognized on your Windows 10...Full steps
Fix 3. Reinstall the Universal Serial Bus Controllers Driver Uninstall and reinstall the Universal Serial Bus controllers driver can be an effective fix ...Full steps
More Useful Tips on SD Card Driver Run hardware and devices troubleshooter, disable & enable SD card reader, repair corrupted SD card...Full steps

SD card reader not working Windows 10. How do I view an SD card on my computer?

"Trying to import some pictures from a Nikon camera's SD card to my computer, to my surprise, the computer won't read SD card after many attempts. The SD card not reading Windows 10. How to access the SD card on Windows 10. Any ideas?"

Why Windows 10 Won't Read the SD Card

Usually, you can put a micro SD card into a card reader so that you can connect the SD card to a computer and open the SD card on PC. However, lots of users reported the SD card not showing up windows 10. How does it come that Windows 10 not reading SD card? Many factors would bring about such consequences. For example: 

  • SD card reader not working Windows 10
  • SD card corrupted, broken or damaged
  • Hard driver issues, bad sectors
  • SD card driver missing
  • Virus infection  

How to Open SD Card on Windows 10

Therefore, how to open SD card on Windows 10, 8, or 7 if the computer doesn't even display the SD card as a removable disk? You can find solutions here to work out the problem and try every means to make the computer recognize the memory card properly.

Below is a list of the useful fixes that have worked for other Windows users to solve Windows 10 won't read SD card problem. Try them one by one until you find the fix that works for you.

Fix 1. Clean SD Card & Reader

One common cause of Windows 10 can't read SD card is a very simple one: a dirty SD card or a dusty SD card reader. Either can lead to poor contact between card and reader, and make Windows 10 not reading SD card.

So, give your card a clean, and remove any dust from the reader, then try the card again. Or you can find another PC and test the SD card in that computer, to see if it works. If your SD card still not reading on Windows 10, move onto the following methods. 

Fix 2. Update SD Card Driver Windows 10 in Device Manager

A faulty, incorrect, or outdated card reader driver is the main reason for the SD card not detected on Windows 10. Therefore, check if the drivers are in good health. 

Step 1. Type Control Panel in the search box next to the Windows menu in Windows 10 and open "Control Panel".

Step 2. Navigate to "Device Manager" and open it.

Step 3. Right-click on the SD card and select "Properties", and under the "Driver" tab, click on "Update driver". You can proceed with "Search automatically for updated driver software".

update sd card driver from device manager in windows 10

Fix 3. Reinstall the Universal Serial Bus Controllers Driver

If the issue persists, then follow the below method. Follow the below steps to uninstall the Universal Serial Bus controllers driver.

Step 1. Press Windows + R keys on the Keyboard. Type devmgmt.msc in the Open text box.

Step 2. Expand "Universal Serial Bus controllers" from Device Manager.

Step 3. Right-click on the drivers and select "Uninstall". Click on OK on Confirm device uninstall prompt.

Step 4. Restart the computer, and the drivers will get automatically installed on your Windows 10.

reinstall universal serial usb controllers

Fix 4. Diagnose SD Card Issues and Troubleshooting

Step 1. Open "Control Panel" as instructed in the first method, and select "Troubleshooting".

Step 2. Select "Hardware and Sound", and next "Hardware and Devices".

Step 3. Follow the on-screen instruction and wait until the problem solved.

troubleshoot sd card from hardware and device in windows 10

Fix 5. Disable and Enable SD Card Reader

If your SD card is still not showing up on your PC and you still don't know how to open SD card on Windows 10, try this method.

Step 1. Open Disk Manager on your computer.

Step 2. Expand the category "Memory Technology Devices". Double-click the card reader to open, like Realtek Card Reader Driver.

Step 3. On the pop-up windows, click "Driver" and then click "Disable Device".

Step 4. When prompted to disable the device, click "Yes".

Step 5. Double-click the card reader again to open the "Properties" windows. Click "Enable Device" to re-enable the device.

Disable then enable card reader

Fix 6. Repair Corrupted SD Card

If all of the above methods above fail to make the computer read the SD card, you should now prepare for the worst that this memory card has developed bad sectors on it, which may cause corruption.

There is a piece of easy-to-use yet powerful corrupted sd card repair tool that will help you fix damaged SD card. It's EaseUS Partition Master. Users can take advantage of its check partition feature to repair a corrupted SD card so that the computer can read the card again.

Now, download this free partition manager and repair the corrupted SD card to open in on Windows 10 with a few clicks.

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Step 1: Open EaseUS Partition Master on your computer. Then locate the disk, right-click the partition you want to check, and choose "Check File System".

Check Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the Check File System window, keep the "Try to fix errors if found" option selected and click "Start".

Check Partition - Step 2

Step 3: The software will begin checking your partition file system on your disk. When it has completed, click "Finish".

Check Partition - Step 3

Except for checking file system and repairing SD card, EaseUS Partition Master provides more one-stop disk partition features, such as resize/move partitions to solve low disk space issue, clone disk, merge partitions, create/delete/format partition, wipe data, and disk/partition conversion (e.g., convert FAT32 to NTFS), which are totally free. 

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Final Verdict 

As mentioned before, if your computer or SD card gets infected with a virus, you might not be able to find and access the SD card on Windows 10. Thus, run antivirus software to clean up the virus or malware. And upgrade your antivirus software in time.

We hope these fixes help you fix Windows 10 won't read SD card and how to open SD card on your PC. If you still have any questions, feel free to contact our technical support team via email or live chat.

FAQs About SD Card Driver Windows 10

Here are three questions related to SD card driver Windows 10. If you also have any of these problems, you can find the methods here.

How do I install SD card drivers?

How to install an SD card driver on Windows 10:

Use the installation CD or driver download for the SD card reader if it comes with one. Open the file, then click "Next" a few times to get through the installation wizard. Click "Finish" to complete it. Restart the computer and your SD card should be recognized. If this doesn’t work, continue to the next steps.

Step 1. Click "Start" > "Control Panel" >"Add Hardware Wizard" > "Next" to start the wizard. Windows will automatically scan your computer to search for any new or improperly installed hardware devices. If the SD card reader is found, select it and click "Next" until installation is complete.

Step 2. Choose "Yes, I have already connected the hardware" if the SD card reader is not automatically recognized. Then, click "Next."

Step 3. In the "Installed Hardware" list, choose "Add a New Hardware Device." Then, choose "Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced)" and click "Next."

Step 4. Choose "PCMCIA and Flash memory devices" or "USB Mass Storage Device" depending on the type of SD card reader you are using.

Step 5. Select the right SD card reader driver or choose "Browse" to go to the installation wizard for the SD card driver. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the installation process.

How do I get my computer to recognize my SD card?

How to open SD card on Windows 10 by updating SD card driver

Step 1. Right-click "This PC" > choose "Manage" > open "Device Manager".

Step 2. Right-click on the SD card and select "Properties", and under the "Driver" tab, click on "Update driver". 

Step 3. Click"Search automatically for updated driver software" and do as required to finish the process.

Why is my SD card not showing up on my PC?

  • Connection issue. The SD card is not well connected to the computer because of a damaged USB port, adapter, card reader, etc.
  • SD card is locked and write-protected
  • Improper operation, such as remove SD from the device while it is running
  • SD card drive letter is lost
  • SD card is corrupted/damaged 

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