Solved: SD Card Is Blank or Has Unsupported File System

Tracy King updated on Sep 16, 2019 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles


Does Your SD card become blank and keeps asking to be formatted? In this article, you'll find free effective methods to fix the 'SD card is blank or has unsupported file system' error. Download EaseUS free SD card recovery software to recover data from a blank SD card before heading to format the SD card.

The "Blank SD card" error usually occurs due to improper operations, and the supplementary error description is "SD card is blank or has some unsupported filesystem". The unsupported SD card error usually comes with problems like SD card unreadable or undetectable. Why is SD card blank or has unsupported filesystem? As far as we concerned, many unpleasant situations would throw your Android phone memory card into such an error. For instance, abrupt removal, virus infection, file system corruption showing as RAW, and other logical damages...

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Solutions to 'SD card is blank or has an unsupported filesystem' error

The problem mostly happens to Android phone SD cards, Camera SD cards, memory cards or other USB drives, etc. When it occurs, do you know any fix? Sure, disk formatting would be the most direct method to fix a blank SD card., but this will wipe out all the existing data and finally lead to serious data loss problem. Fortunately, full and safe solutions for the "SD card is blank or has some unsupported filesystem" error are offered here to help!

STEP 1. Re-install disk drivers to fix blank and unsupported SD card 

One of the most frequently used troubleshooting methods for a removable drive is to update disk drivers. If your SD card cannot be detected or recognized by the computer or device, here we have two methods for you to fix it:

1. Unplug your SD card and connect it to the other device, or PC, to see whether it can be read or not.

2. If the other phone or PC cannot read the blank SD card, connect it to a computer, and try to show hidden device driver and reinstall disk drivers as instructed.

  • In Windows 10, for example, type cmd in the search box and right-click "Command Prompt", then choose "Open as administrator".

open and run command prompt as administrator

  • Type set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1 at the command prompt interface. Then input "start devmgmt.msc" and hit Enter.
  • Next, "Device Manager" will open. Click the "View" tab and select "Show hidden devices".
  • Now expand the "Universal serial bus controller" section.
  • If you find any grayed entries > Right-click on it > Select "Uninstall".

uninstall and reinstall driver to fix sd card blank issue

Reboot the computer and the drivers will be automatically re-installed. Connect the SD card to your mobile phone, and it should be fine now.

STEP 2. Run chkdsk to fix blank and unsupported SD card 

If it still cannot be detected by the computer, there might exist some internal errors, like file system corruptions, that results in a blank SD card. Then, you can run chkdsk command to get the unsupported SD card fixed.

  • In the same way to open Windows Command Prompt.
  • Type: chkdsk g: /f (f represents your sd card drive letter) and hit Enter
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run chkdsk f command to fix sd card blank and unsupported file system error

The chkdsk /f command is for checking and repairing disk drive issues. When the command takes effect, your SD card will become readable again.

File system corruption is likely to show the disk status as RAW, and you can try to repair RAW SD card to fix the unsupported file system error.

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 to try an automatic command line alternative.

EaseUS Tool 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 Tool M for Free and install it.

Step 2: Open the software and select "File Fixing" on the left pane. 

On the right pane, choose the drive and check off the box at the bottom - "Check and fix file system error". Then, click "Fix" to start repairing the error.

Step 3: Wait until the operation completes. Wait until the operation completes. After the operation completes, click the "View" button to check the drive. 

select the drive and check off file system error

STEP 3. Recover data from SD card that is blank or has some unsupported filesystem 

What if the "SD card is blank or has some unsupported filesystem" error still exists after you have tried all the above two methods? Don't worry! You can still try to restore data from the blank SD card and then format the device to permanently fix all the possible errors that might cause the problem. Here, professional SD card recovery software from EaseUS Software will help you manage the data recovery job. Note that the free file recovery software allows you to restore 2GB data for free. To recover an unlimited amount of data, upgrade the free version to the full version.

Guide: How to restore data from blank and unsupported SD card

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.

STEP 4. Format to fix blank and unsupported SD card for reuse

Finally, after getting all the data back from the inaccessible SD card, you just need some simple clicks to format the SD card to the wanted file system. This operation will help you permanently remove the "SD card is blank or has some unsupported filesystem" error and make the card work properly again. 

To format a blank SD card in Disk Management:

  • Press Windows + R keys to bring up the Run box. Type diskmgmt.msc and hit Enter.
  • In Disk Management, right-click on the blank SD card and choose Format...

format sd card to fix sd card blank issue

  • Follow the onscreen wizard, choose an NTFS/FAT32 file system according to your own case, and perform a quick format.

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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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