Fix Nikon 'This Memory Card Cannot Be Used'

Jean updated on Jul 24, 2019 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

Fix error 'This memory card cannot be used. Card may be damaged. Insert another card' on Nikon Coolpix, Nikon D5100, D5200, D5300, D3400, D3300. And, download the Nikon memory card recovery software to recover pictures from a corrupted and/or damaged SD, SDHC, SDXC card in a minute.

This Memory Cannot Be Used Nikon D5200

this memory card cannot be used nikon d5200

"My Nikon D5200 is using a 16GB Kingston SD card, which never let me down and lost a single picture until this morning I got the error message saying [this memory card cannot be used, card may be damaged, insert another card]. I put the card in the card reader and connected to the computer, it didn't show up, either. Great, what am I supposed to do now?"

Why can't this memory card be used all of a sudden? Usually, when a memory card is no longer usable on a device like a digital camera, Android phone, music player or a game console, it's probably because the card has been locked, corrupted, damaged, broken or is inaccessible.

So, how do you fix damaged SD card that sends a 'this memory card cannot be used' error and recover its data? Always check first if the tiny slide switch is set to the "unlock" position. And, before trying to troubleshoot the memory card issue on Nikon, and perhaps a Canon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic or Fuji, find a powerful online data recovery service to export the pictures or videos on the SD card.

How to Recover Files from Nikon Memory Card

Useful tip: If the micro SD memory card is not showing up on your computer, you can go to Windows Disk Management to assign a drive letter to the card. Then it will appear.

Download and install the EaseUS free data recovery software. Launch the software after installation.

Usually, deleted or formatted data is not permanently removed. Stop using the memory card once you lost data on it. With powerful memory card recovery software, you can hopefully get lost data back.

Step 1. Run memory card recovery software

  • Connect the memory card on which you lost your files to your computer and launch EaseUS card recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard on your PC.
  • Select your memory card under External Devices and click "Scan" to start finding your lost files.
Select memory card to scan and find lost files.

Step 2. Scan to find all lost files from memory card

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will fully scan your memory card and find all your lost data on it.

Scan memory card to find lost files.

Step 3. Scan to find all lost files from your memory card.

After the scanning process, you can check and preview found files in this program.

  • Underneath Deleted Files, you can find your deleted memory card files there.
  • And if you formatted the memory card, you can check those files under Lost Partition Files.
  • And Filter will help you quickly find your lost files from Graphics, Documents, Videos, Audio, and Email, etc.

You can directly double-click the files to preview and see if found files are all right. After this, you can choose those files and click "Recover" to restore them to a secure location on your PC or other external storage devices.

Restore lost memory card data.

How to Fix 'This Memory Card Cannot Be Used' Error

Similar to Canon 'card cannot be accessed' error, there are fixes available for Nikon memory card problems as well. Now you can troubleshoot the memory card problem boldly without worrying about losing important data files. In general, there are two effective solutions worth a try.

Fix 1. Format a damaged SD card

  • On your PC, right-click My Computer or This PC (in Windows 10) > Manage > Disk Management.
  • Right-click the SD card and select Format.
  • Choose a file system like NTFS, FAT, FAT32 and perform a quick format.

format sd card in disk management

Fix 2. Repair a damaged SD card using cmd

  • Press Windows + X hotkeys, click "Command Prompt (Admin)".

open command prompt as admin

  • Enter the command: chkdsk [sd card drive letter]: /r, and hit enter. For example:
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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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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