Fix SD card error on GoPro Hero 5 Black, 5, 4, 3

Roxanne updated on Oct 13, 2020 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles

This article gives all answers to GoPro Hero 5 SD card errors. Learn with the detailed guide to get the problem fixed when you see 'SD ERR' or 'NO SD' error message on GoPro Products like Hero 5 Black, 5, 4, 3. If the card is corrupted and not accessible, try EaseUS file recovery software to get them back.

GoPro Hero 5 Black says 'SD ERR'

"I have a GoPro Hero 5 Black and use a SanDisk Extreme SD card. But recently, the device refused to work and reported SD card error for unknown reasons. Now, I am not able to record movies or take any pictures because every time when I was trying to do this, it does nothing but shows 'SD ERR' error message. Is there any fix?"

Quick navigation to fixing GoPro SD card error:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Check the Connection Make sure that you're connecting the SD card to the camera. Remove and reinsert the battery...Full steps
Fix 2. Reformat GoPro SD Crad Run SD card recovery software to export GoPro data > format the SD card...Full steps
Fix 3. Check Bad Sectors Download EaseUS Tools M for Free and install it. Open the software and select "File Fixing" on the left pane...Full steps
Fix 4. Use Another Card Use another SD card with higher read and write speed to replace the old one...Full steps

How to fix GoPro Hero 5 SD Card error

In general, the GoPro SD card error we discussed here are either 'SD ERR' or 'SD ERROR', except that the third error form is 'NO SD' on a camera's LCD. None solutions are helpful unless you know exactly what caused the specified error codes. Let's get a clear mind before proceeding to the troubleshooting.

Is GoPro SD card error special?

We're all familiar with SD cards because they are quite common to see on mobile phones, cameras, and many ultra-portable digital gadgets. Whatever devices you're using the SD card for, you shall know that the errors associated with the SD card are pretty much the same. So the GoPro camera SD card is out of exception. Though it might send special error messages, the inner causes are likewise.

What does SD card error mean?

When you describe an SD card error, you're telling us that the SD card is either logically damaged or physically damaged. You can fix most of the logical errors on your own with an appropriate tool, such as an invalid RAW file system while trying to access photos or videos stored on the card, or you received the warning 'the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable', etc.

How do you mend a corrupted SD card?

There are manageable ways for you to take care of a failing SD card, which are applicable to almost all the involved digital devices including a GoPro camera as well. Windows quick format usually goes first for most SD card errors. Additionally, it's also advised to scan file system errors, inch bad sectors and repair. 

4 solutions to GoPro Hero SD card error

Except for GoPro Hero 5 Black, there are many users have encountered similar SD card error on the other versions of GoPro Products like Hero 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. The issue usually comes with the error message 'SD ERR' or 'NO SD' and can happen due to several reasons. Next, we will talk about it in detail and give you our advice on how to fix SD card error on GoPro cameras. 

GoPro SD card error - 'SD ERR' or 'NO SD'

Solution 1. Check if the SD card is correctly inserted 

If you're experiencing either an 'SD ERR' or 'NO SD' message on your camera's LCD screen, it means that your camera can't properly communicate with the SD card. So make sure that you're connecting the SD card to the camera. You can try to remove and reinsert the battery and SD card to make sure that the SD card is fully inserted in the camera. It is also the first advice from GoPro to help you deal with the issue.

Solution 2. Reformat GoPro SD card to fix the error 

Another possible reason that makes GoPro camera reports 'SD ERR' or 'NO SD' error is that the SD card is corrupted or improperly formatted. So, we recommend you to reformat the SD card to check if it helps. 

Formatting will erase all the data on the card, so, if you have important pictures or videos saved there, please make a backup first. If the card is corrupted and not accessible at the moment, download EaseUS file recovery software to get them back.

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

Solution 3. Check and repair SD card bad sectors

You got multiple choices to repair the SD card with bad sectors, which prevents you from opening the GoPro camera normally. Windows inbuilt disk check and repair tool is hidden in the hard drive' Properties, and the Command Prompt for administrators are keeping in the background. If you're unfamiliar with both tools, here is a third-party free SD card repair program for you to use.

If you don't have any technical know-how and want to minimize data risks, using third-party software could be a better choice. The Command line is suitable for computer professionals since wrong commands can cause severe problems. Therefore, we strongly recommend you try an automatic command line alternative.

EaseUS Tools M is a practical computer fixing tool that is safe and light-weighted. It's a perfect alternative to CHKDSK command. Use this one-click tool to solve your computer issues.

To fix file system error or disk error:

Step 1: DOWNLOAD EaseUS Tools M for Free and install it.

Step 2: Open the software and select the "File showing" option. 

Step 3: Choose the drive and wait for repairing. After the operation completes, click the "View" button to check the drive. 

select the drive and check off file system error

Solution 4. Use another SD card with higher read and write speed

Have you gone through all the above steps but GoPro SD card error still appears on the screen again? You might consider a replacement due to the fact that the SD card can be incompatible with the current hardware. One clue suggesting an incompatibility issue is that the card read and write speeds aren't fast enough. So, our suggestion is to use another SD card with higher read and write speed. Here, for your information, the Lexar1000x Professional card seems to have good reports on the forums.

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