How to Restore Pictures When Won't Load from SD Card

Jean updated on Dec 28, 2018 to Resource | How-to Articles


Does pictures won't load from phone, SD card or camera on a computer? You need a specialized recovery tool to restore pictures from corrupted or unreadable SD card as soon as troubleshoot pictures wont upload issue.

Why Pictures Won't Load from SD Card

While inserting your phone's or camera's SD card into a computer, are you astonished by the failure of loading pictures from SD card on the computer? Many people have encountered the problem, and don't know why pictures won't load from SD card properly and how to troubleshoot SD card error of not loading the JPEG, JFIF, PNG, TIFF, GIF, BMP...image files as it should be. Don't worry. Here we're going to list some factors that lead to such an embarrassing situation.

1. Bad connection between SD card/USB drive and computer hard drive

2. Image file format incompatibility

3. Something goes wrong with your SD card (corrupted or unreadable)

To troubleshoot pictures that won't load from SD card or other removable storage devices, you need to first figure out what the real problem is with the SD card.

Connecting SD card correctly and making Windows detect the SD card as a storage device would let the trouble go, resetting the default file type for saving photos to a compatible format for a computer will also eliminate the error.

However, once determined that pictures won't load problem happened due to SD card got damaged and corrupted, you need to use a specialized data recovery tool to retrieve the pictures and then send the SD card to be repaired.

How to Restore Image Files from SD Card That Unable to Load Pictures

If SD card gets corrupted, at the moment Windows detects the card, it will send the error message "SD card is not formatted, format it now." Formatting corrupted SD card would effectively fix damaged SD card, however, you'll lose all the pictures on the card permanently.

In this event, do not hurry to format the SD card. Download EaseUS file recovery software, and use the best ever photo recovery software to restore the pictures in advance.

Step 1. Run SD card recovery software and scan the card.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your PC and select your SD card. Then click "Scan" to start finding lost data on your SD card.

select the sd card and click scan

Step 2. Check found SD card data.

After the scanning process, you can click "Filter" to quickly find wanted files.

find wanted sd card files

Step 3. 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 external storage.

recover sd card files

Now EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard helped rescue all the pictures on the SD card, you can feel free to format the corrupted and unreadable SD card to fix the trouble right now.

Right-click SD card that won't load pictures on a computer > choose Format > Wait and click OK.


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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 to better 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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