[SD Card Error Solution] My Camera Says Memory Card Is Full but Nothing on It

Brithny updated on Dec 29, 2018 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

Nikon, Canon or Sony camera says your memoey card is full but nothing on it! If your camera also shows the same error, you are in the right place. The article provides tried-and-true solutions to solve the camera SD card full error witout losing data.

Nikon D3000 says the card is full

Case 1. "I deleted some images from my card on my HP laptop. But when I put the card back in my Nikon D3000 camera, it says card full. Yet on the playback, it says no images."

Case 2. "My D3000 has developed a problem, every time I turn it on I get the error message "This memory card cannot be used. The card may be full." I have tried to connect the card to my computer, there's nothing on it! Please help me!"

Why does my camera SD card say full but no files

If your camera SD card says full, you may wonder why the card goes wrong suddenly. The possible reasons are listed below:

1. There are files on the SD card but the files are invisible or hidden, so the SD card shows full but no files.

2. The SD card is not correctly formatted.

3. Your camera goes wrong.

According to the possible reasons, the way to fix the "camera says memory card is full but nothing on it" issue is clear. Follow the solutions below and solve your full camera SD card right now.

PAGE CONTENT:
Solution one. Export and show camera SD card hidden files
Solution two. Format the camera SD card in the correct way

Solution one. Export and show camera SD card hidden files 

To export and show the hidden files on your SD card, you should:

Part 1. Export data and restore hidden files from the Nikon or Canon SD card

If you have many important photos and videos saved on the SD card, you can directly export them to a safe location on your PC or another storage device with below tips:

When you fail to show hidden files, it's a good idea to recover and export your camera SD card files to other devices to avoid data loss.

EaseUS file recovery software becomes a nice choice. The program is professional recovery software that can help you recover and export hidden files from SD Card, pen drive, hard drives, etc.

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.

Part 2. Show hidden files on the Camera SD card

  • Click Start > Type: control panel in the search box.
  • Switch the view to Category and click  Appearance and personalization.
  • Click File Explorer Options > Tab on View > Show hidden files, folders, and drives > Apply.  

Solution two. Format the camera SD card in the correct way

  • Connect the SD Card to your PC.
  • Open Windows File Explorer and find the full SD Card, right-click on it and select Format.
  • Set the file system to NTFS and click OK to confirm that you want to format the SD card.

If you need a free tool to know how to format an SD card, EaseUS Partition Master, a powerful disk management tool that allows you to format SD card and multiple removable storage devices.

If the solutions above all fail to help you, you'd better bring your camera to a shopping store and let the serviceman check the camera and fix the camera.

 
 

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