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. 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

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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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy is enthusiastic to share technical tips and solutions about computing and technology. Being an EaseUS member since 2013, she also writes instructional content about data recovery, file/disk partition/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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