How to Fix Blank SD Card and Recover Data

Abby Haines updated on Aug 12, 2019 to Resource | How-to Articles


Fail to access your data due to blank SD card error? Here is full blank SD card recovery solutions show you how to fix blank SD card and recover data in several simple steps.

About Blank SD Card Error

Blank SD card issue with the error message "SD card blank or have some unsupported filesystem" happen to users now and then because SD card is corrupted, damaged or the card contains unknown or unwanted folders belongs to other applications which are not currently installed on your mobile. 

blank SD card error

And when you click to check this error, it will give you another warning saying: "Are you sure you want to format SD card?" When it happens, you might be confused about how to fix blank SD card without losing data. You know, formatting will erase all the files on the card. Here, to help you solve this problem, we would like to introduce you a reliable blank SD card recovery solution. It will show you how to fix blank SD card and recover data in several simple steps. 

Blank SD Card and Recovery: How to Fix Blank SD Card Error Without Losing Data

1. Check Whether the Blank SD Card Can Be Recognized by Your PC

When blank SD card error happens on your mobile phone or tablet, remove your SD card and plug it into the computer to see if the card can still be read. If so, the error might happen because the card had a file system which is unsupported by your mobile device. Then you need to back up SD card data and then format it with the FAT32 file system. 

2. Fix Blank SD Card Error Using chkdsk

If your SD card failed to be read by your PC in step 1, it might be damaged or corrupted, then go to step 2 - fix blank SD card error using chkdsk which is the most popular way to fix damaged SD card Here's the guide. 

  • Connect blank SD card with PC via card reader and make sure it is detected by the machine.
  • Run CMD as administrator, and input chkdsk n: /f(n is the drive letter of the blank SD card) to fix errors.
  • Put the SD card back to the phone and check whether the card works fine after that. 

3. Perform a Blank SD Card Recovery to Recover Data Using EaseUS File Recovery Software

Sometimes, you will fail to fix blank SD card error using chkdsk in some particular situation. When it happens, try the last solution for SD card data recovery - recover data from blank SD card using EaseUS file recovery software. It is the easiest and most efficient way to retrieve data in a blank SD card. 

At the very beginning, download and install EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard by clicking the button below. And then, follow the step-by-step guides about blank SD card data recovery.

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.

Video tutorial of how to recover data from blank SD card  

4. Format and Fix Blank SD Card for Reuse

After restoring all your files from the blank SD card, you can format the SD card to fix blank SD card error. It will make the card available for reuse. Usually, it can be done quickly within simple steps. But sometimes, you might encounter SD card won't format error for some particular reasons. When it occurs, we recommend you to try EaseUS free partition software, a free disk management tool with powerful format feature to fix the error. 


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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

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

5. 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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