8 Solutions to Fix SD Card Not Showing Up on Windows

8 Solutions to Fix Memory Card Not Recognized on Windows

There can be a lot of reasons why your SD card is not detected or showing up in Windows 10/8/7. Along with discussing the reasons and 8 solutions to fix your SD card.

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Jan 15, 2021 • Filed to: SD Card Solutions • Proven solutions

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Q: My SD Card does not respond sometimes. At other times, it just goes blank or the photos and videos disappear and reappear. Most of the time I am not able to access my card. It is normal? How can I fix my SD card which can't be read?

It is quite normal to face this situation. Many times our SD card gets corrupt or damage and there are a lot of reasons behind this. However, it is also possible to fix the SD card which cannot be read. 

Sometimes you will find that your SD card is not detected by your computer. That may simply mean that your SD is corrupted and needs to be fixed. Before we get onto how to fix the SD card or memory card not showing up on Windows 7/8/10, we will take a look at why the SD card is not recognized on these Windows. Read and follow the instructions given below.

Part 1. Why is the SD card not recognized on Windows 7/8/10?

As mentioned earlier, every solution brings along a few other problems. In the case of SD cards or memory cards, the problem is that many times you are bound to find your card unread by your computer. While the reason might not always be the same, if the problem persists, it is said to be that your SD card or memory card is corrupted.

There are dozens of reasons why your SD card might not be responding even after being connected to a computer. In certain cases, while the problem might be logical damage, it can also be physical damage.

However, fixing is the second stage. The primary stage is to fully understand the reason behind why your SD card is not showing up on Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10. Determining the reason will help you better get to the crux of the problem.

Here are several main reasons that could be behind your Windows not recognizing your SD card:

1. Connection Issue

A lot many times, there is an issue of connection. This connection issue can be due to a damaged card reader, adaptor, or a damaged USB port. The problem might not be in the SD card but in any of the connection points, which leads to you not seeing the files of the Card.

connection issue

2. SD Card is Locked

There is a little trigger kind of a thing at the side of your SD card. Sometimes, while handling the card, the trigger gets turned on. Thus, rendering the SD card as 'write protected'. If the SD card has turned to a write-protected feature then it will not be read or detected anywhere. Check your card for the same.

sd card locked

3. Improper Operation

While the hotplug is supported by a majority of SD cards now, consistent and frequent operation of the same might lead to a corrupt file system or metal wires. A hotplug means that you can remove or insert your card from your device even while it is running.

4. Driver Letter Is Lost

Without a driver letter, a partition cannot be accessed in Windows Explorer. In case your SD has lost its driver letter, then it will not be displayed in the system.

5. Corrupted Driver

If your SD card can be seen with a yellow mark in the Device Manager but is not showing up in the system, then it can be concluded that there is something wrong with the SD card's drivers. Under such circumstances, your SD card cannot be seen in Windows File Explorer, but in Disk Management.

6. Partition Loss

Another common phenomenon is that your SD card's partition gets deleted. This will leave your SD card full of unallocated space.

partition loss

7. The SD Card is Physically Damaged

In terms of physical damage, your SD card could have been dropped into water or you might see the plastic shell as damaged. In such cases, it becomes difficult to even get the card inside the reader.


Part 2. How can we fix the SD card or memory card not detected on Windows 7/8/10?

Here are 8 solutions to fix your SD card if your Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 computer is not detecting or recognizing it.

1. Use A Different USB Port

While we always tend to blame the SD card for not working, the problem might be lying somewhere else altogether. Many computers have more than just one USB port and to find out about yours, you can check the computer's I/O. in case your computer happens to have more than one, then try plugging in your card through the other one and see if it works from that one or not. In case your card works well on the other one, then the problem is not with the card, but rather with the computer.

different usb port for sd card

2. Test SD Card On Another PC Or A New Card Reader

Sometimes, the problem might lie in your computer, thus rendering your SD card unreadable. Under such circumstances, you can resort to testing your SD card on another PC. You can take any other PC and try on its various USB ports.

Also, you can try a different card reader, preferably a new one.

3. Turn Off Write Protection

You might be able to see your SD card on your computer but you might not be able to modify it or make changes to it. If the situation persists, then you might have turned on write protection.

SD cards have a tiny switch kind of thing at their sides. You might have unknowingly turned on the switch which is for write-only protection.

If your SD card does not have a switch and still happens to be write-protected, then follow the following steps:

turn off write protection for sd card

4. Change The Drive Letter Of Unrecognizable SD Card

Your SD card will not show up in your computer system unless it has a drive letter. If you see a message that says 'please insert a disk into removable disk' even if your card reader has been assigned a drive letter, your card might be unreadable.

Here are the steps which can be followed to solve the problem:

In case your SD card is missing a drive letter, click on the 'Add' button.

change the drive letter

5. Run CHKDSK To Make The SD Card Detectable

You can follow the following steps to run CHKDSK to make the SD card detectable:

You do not have to have any technical knowledge to carry out this fix.

6. Update The SD Card Driver

If you see a yellow sign beside the card reader (on going to Device Manager), then your SD card issues are a play of driver issues.

Here is how you can update the SD card driver:

update the sd card driver

7. Force SD To Show Up From Virus Or Malware

Many times your SD card is attacked by a virus or encrypted by malware, which can even hide your SD card from showing up. Follow these steps to run and clean software from virus or malware:

8. Format SD Card

If nothing seems to work for you, then the last resort is to format your SD card.

Here are the steps you can follow to format your SD card on your computer:

format sd card

quick format sd card


Part 3. How to recover and repair data from a corrupted SD Card?

Recoverit Data Recovery is dominant and effective data recovery software. It helps you get back all your valuable data such as audio files, photos, documents, videos, and, emails quickly and easily from a recycle bin, laptop, external storage devices, internal hard drive, and even a crashed computer. Another unbelievable aspect of Recoverit Data recovery Software is Recoverit Ultimate, which helps you recover even a fragmented video as well as repair a corrupt/damaged/broken video.

Here are the steps you can follow closely:

Step 1: Select a location from where you want to start recovering your corrupted files.

repair data from corrupted sd card

Step 2: Scan the location for all the corrupt files. You can select multiple files at once.

scan location sd card

Step 3: Preview the file/files that have been scanned. Once you preview your file/files and are satisfied, click on the recover tab.

preview the file

Introduction to Advanced Video Recovery function of Recoverit

Video files are different from any other type of data. Sometimes, you might find your video acting funny. It might seem broken or corrupt.

Recoverit Data Recovery Ultimate supports the Advanced Video Recovery feature. This feature helps to scan, gather and match the fragments of your corrupt videos, thus ensuring that most of your videos are recovered from Digital cameras, DSLR, Action Cameras, Drones, Dashcams, SD cards, camcorders, computer, etc.

Here are some of the key features of the Advanced Video Recovery feature of Recoverit:

Just click the Advanced Video Recovery option to recover the fragmented video files easily.

video recovery

Steps to Repair Corrupted Video with Recoverit

Recoverit's Video Repair is powerful, efficient, and effective video repair software that aids in repairing corrupt, broken, or damaged MOV, MP4, M2TS, MKV, MTS, 3GP, AVI, and FLV file formats.

It supports two repair modes:

  1. Quick repair - to repair various video errors.
  2. Advance repair - to repair your corrupt videos by analyzing the data and technology of the sample video shot by the same device.

Benefits of using Recoverit's Advanced Video Recovery feature:

Follow these steps for a smooth repair video process:

Step 1. Add your corrupted videos
Launch the application on your computer. To repair your corrupted video files, you can add them by clicking the Add button or "Add video and start repairing" area.

add videos

Step 2. Repair your videos
As soon as you have added all the corrupted videos, click on the Repair option to start the video repair process.

scan videos

Step 3. Preview the videos
It will take some time to repair and once it has finished the repair process, a reminder showing info of successful fix will pop up on the screen. Press OK to close the operation.

preview videos

Step 4. Advance mode for severely corrupted video (optional)
If the videos are severely corrupted and not repaired successfully, please go to the advanced repair mode. Just click the Advanced Repair button.

advanced video repair

Then add a sample video and repair it now.

add sample video

Step 5. Save repaired video
The advanced repair will perform the repairing process and prompt a success message when the process is completely done. Now, you can play these videos and you will not see any error on the screen.

save videos path

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