How to Fix 'My SD Card says it's full but it's not' Error

Brithny updated on Sep 23, 2019 to Partition Manager | How-to Articles

"I have a brand new Sandisk SD Card. It is empty but it says full! I reconnected my SD Card to my Windows 10, the empty SD Card still says it's full. When I open the SD Card, there isn't any file or folder on the Card! How can I fix this problem?"

According to many Windows and Mac users, it seems that an empty SD Card shows full issue has happened quite a lot. If you are having a similar problem on your SD card, you can apply solutions below for help. You may not need to try them all, just work your way down until you find the one that works for you.

Tip
Any of the solution below may cause data loss. Before you follow the two solutions below, you'd better export all of your data on the SD Card with a free file recovery software. Let the software scan your SD Card, then restore them, and save them on your computer.

Solution 1. Format Your SD Card to Fix the Empty SD Card Says Full Error

A simple choice to fix the "empty SD Card but it says full" is to format the SD Card, which helps you reclaim lost or unallocated space and restore SD card to full capacity/original size in a safe and easy way, here we recommend you EaseUS Partition Master, a powerful disk management tool that allows you to format hard drives and multiple removable storage devices. Now you can try the following guide to reformat SD card and restore SD card to full capacity with this tool in simple steps.

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 Windows 10 is supported

 

Step 1: Open EaseUS Partition Master. Find your SD card and right-click the partition you want to format and choose "Format".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: Set a new partition label, file system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: Click "OK" on the pop-up window to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button on the toolbar, then click "Apply" to start formatting your SD card.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

Solution 2. Restore SD Card to Full Capacity with CMD

If format the SD Card fails to solve the "empty SD Card says full" error, just run this command to restore your SD Card to full capacity.

  • Connect your SD card to your PC
  • Right-click Start and select "Command Prompt" (Admin)
  • Sign in as administrator and type: diskpart to bring up DiskPart
  • Type: list disk and hit "Enter"
  • Type: select disk 1 (replace 1 with the disk number of your SD card) and hit "Enter"
  • Type: attribute disk clear readonly and hit "Enter"
  • Type: exit and hit "Enter".

After this, you can use the Disk Management tool in Windows 10 or other Windows PC to create a new partition on SD card so to make it available for storing data with full capacity again.

 
 

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