2 Fixes to Resolve Memory SD Card Says Full But No Files On It Error

Don't worry if your camera memory SD card says full but no files on it showing. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard with other practical fixes will help you resolve this issue and make SD card work again in two phrases: [1]. Export and restore SD card files; [2]. Format SD card to work again.

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This article provides two solutions to this problem that Nikon D3000 says the card is full. The table below gives an outline. Read the content for details.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Export SD card hidden files Export data and restore hidden files from the Nikon or Canon SD card with a data recovery tool...Full steps
Fix 2. Format camera SD card  Connect the SD Card to your PC. Open Windows File Explorer and find the full SD card, right-click...Full steps

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.

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.

Step 1. Download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard - the dependable SD card recovery software for Windows on your PC. Connect the SD card to your computer with either a card reader or by attaching the device that contains it. Launch the software so you can see the SD card from the disk list presented on the interface. Select the SD card and click Scan.

select the sd card and click scan

Step 2. The scan process should be running. A quick scan is able to quickly find the files that were recently deleted or items emptied from the recycle bin, and the later deep scan is useful for files that are harder to find, which might lose file names. During the course of scanning the SD card, you can start checking the results from the leftside tree-view pane, or simply use the Filter function to show up only the pictures, doucments, videos, emails and so on.

find wanted sd card files

Step 3. Double-click on a file will allow you to preivew its content. At last, select the desired files you wish to recover and click the Recover button to get them all back. When you're asked to choose a location to save the recovered files, do not use the SD card but another drive, to avoid data overwriting.

recover 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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