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How to Eject SD Card Correctly on Windows PC

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Jun 14, 2024 • Filed to: SD Card Solutions • Proven solutions

If you've purchased your SD card from the local camera store, the guy at the counter is most likely to have advised you to always eject the card before removing it from a PC. Believe it or not, but he was telling the truth. Safely ejecting the SD card from your PC is extremely useful and can increase the life-span of your card. It will also protect you from encountering unexpected SD card errors.

So, in this guide, we're going to show you the best approach to eject an SD card from a Windows PC so that you can boost its performance and protect it from getting damaged.

Part 1. How to Eject SD Card from Windows PC Correctly

Fortunately ejecting an SD card isn't rocket science. All you have to do is follow a couple of easy steps and you'll be able to safely remove the card without causing any damage whatsoever.

Here's how to eject the SD card from your PC.

Step 1 - Press "Windows+E" to open File Explorer and click on "This PC".

Step 2 - Right-click the SD Card icon and choose "Eject". Alternatively, you can select the SD card icon and tap the "Eject" button by expanding the "Drive Tools" tab at the top of the screen.

eject button windows

Step 3 - Now, safely remove the SD card from its slot and place it in a secure location.

That's how you can safely eject an SD card from the Windows system. Irrespective of the Windows version you're running, you can follow these steps to eject the SD card from PC. After ejecting, make sure to place it in a dedicated SD card case so that it doesn't experience any physical damage.

Part 2. What to Do When SD Card Cannot Be Safely Removed/Ejected in Windows 7/8/10

If your system is triggering the "SD card cannot be safely removed" error and restricting you from ejecting the SD card, you'll have to follow a couple of troubleshooting methods. Here are the two methods that'll help you fix the issue and successfully eject the SD card.

Use Task Manager to End Apps/Files Running in the Background

The easiest way to fix the "SD Card Cannot Be Safely Removed" error is to kill the background programs through Windows Task Manager. Usually, these background processes interrupt various Windows functionalities and can restrict users from using their system properly.

Follow these instructions to stop background processes through Task Manager.

Step 1 - Right-click the taskbar and click on "Task Manager".

task manager

Step 2 - In the "Task Manager" window, select a particular background process.

Step 3 - Tap the "End Task" button to kill the process. Make sure to remove all the programs that are consuming too much power.

end task taskmanager

Step 4 - Now, try ejecting the SD card again and you won't be prompted with the error anymore.

Use CHKDSK to Test and Fix SD Card Problem

If you're still encountering the same error, there's a possibility that your SD card has damaged or contains bad memory sectors. In either case, you can fix the issue by running CHKDSK utility in the command prompt.

CHKDSK is a Windows built-in utility that's designed to help users automatically diagnose and fix different drive issues.

Here's how to use CHKDSK to fix SD card problems.

Step 1 - Open the Cortana Search box and type-in CMD. Right-click the command prompt icon and select "Run as Administrator".

Step 2 - Insert your SD card into the PC using an SD card reader.

Step 3 - Execute the following command to check the SD card for errors.

chkdsk [sd card letter]: /f

chkdsk utility

CHKDSK will automatically fix SD card issues and you won't face any problem while ejecting the SD card from the PC.

Learn more about fixing a corrupted sd card using CHKDSK

Part 3. Why Can't You Remove SD Card Without Ejecting

Now that you know how to eject an SD card safely from Windows PC, let's understand the importance of ejecting an external drive like an SD card. The truth is no one knows when a system is writing files onto the SD card.

Even when you've completely transferred the files from your system to the SD card, there might be some files that are being written in the background. In this scenario, if you directly pull out the SD card, it can corrupt the files and turn them into unreadable data.

Directly yanking out the SD card can also result in data loss, especially if you do it while your PC is writing media files on the card. This is why it is always advised to eject the SD card before removing it from a computer.

Part 4. What if SD Card Gets Corrupted/Damaged While Ejecting?

In case your SD card has damaged completely, it can cause several problems. For instance, your camera/smartphone might not recognize the SD card, or worse; you might end up losing valuable data.

For any user whose SD card has been damaged, the priority is to recover the data and later on take effective measures to fix the card itself. One of the ways to retrieve data from a corrupted SD card is to use Wondershare RecoverIt. It is a data recovery tool that'll help you restore deleted files from an SD card or other external devices.

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Follow these steps to restore deleted SD card files using Wondershare RecoverIt.

Step 1- Connect SD Card

Install Wondershare RecoverIt and launch it. Now, connect your SD card to the PC using an SD card adapter.

Step 2- Select SD Card as Location

Once the PC has successfully recognized the SD card, it'll appear in RecoverIt's window under the "External Drives" tab. Select the SD Card icon and click "Start".

recoverit interface

Step 3- Scan SD Card for Deleted Files

The tool will start scanning your SD card for deleted files. This process can take a while, depending on the SD card's size.

files filter

Pause the Scanning Process

Fortunately, you won't have to sit through the entire process as you can also stop it midway by tapping the "Pause" button, mainly if you've already found the file you're looking for.

Step 4- Preview and Save the File

Select the file that you want to restore and tap "Preview" in the right-side panel. If the preview is fine, click "Recover" to safely store the file on your computer.

preview recovered photos


We hope that the above guide helped you understand the importance of ejecting SD card and how to do it to keep your SD cards safe and secure. Safely ejecting the SD card will help you protect your valuable data and increase the SD card's life-span at the same time. However, if you have lost any data from an SD card, make sure to use Wondershare RecoverIt to instantly retrieve and secure it on your computer.

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