Solved: Pictures Won't Load from SD Card

You will get 6 workable solutions to fix the pictures won't load from the SD card in this article.

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Apr 10, 2023 • Filed to: Recoverit Topic • Proven solutions

Is it not amazing that nowadays you can capture your favorite moments and then store these for the rest of your life in USB and SD card? Technology has brought people closer, but most importantly, it does not let memories fade. Most people rely on these storage tools for storing their memories. Imagine that you have piled all your precious memories in the form of pictures on the SD card. But someday, all of a sudden, your SD card does not load your images anymore. It will be a tremendous loss if you lose your memories in this way. The severity of this issue got our attention too. So you do not have to worry about it now. Following article will tell you how you can fix the pictures which would not load from the SD card. We also got a way to recover deleted photos from the SD card. So get ready to have a ride through some amazing solutions to deal with the issue and recover photos from SD card.

Part 1: Why Pictures Won't Load from SD Card?

People use SD cards and USB to store their data. But mostly due to some reason, the pictures store in the SD card would not load. There can be several reasons behind this issue, but whatever may be the reason, it will surely frustrate and annoy the user. The most common reason behind the issue is that there can be a bad USB connection between the SD card and SD card adapter or adapter and USB drive. The issue may also appear because of the incompatibility of image format with the available format. Your SD card may get corrupted and hence does not show you the pictures. Infection with the virus can also be the reason. Your SD card may not be assigned a drive letter, or your drive may be outdated. Sue, all the mention reasons your SD card may not load your pictures. But you do not have to worry about it at all because we have some amazing, magical, and easy solutions for you. Even if the pictures are corrupted, you can recover photos from an SD card. So just go through the rest of the article, and you will even be able to recover the deleted photos from the SD card.

Part 2: How to Fix Pictures Won't Load from SD Card Error?

As discussed earlier, your SD card may not load your essential and memorable pictures due to a lot of reasons, but usually, all technology errors have some kind of solutions. So we have some workable solutions to deal with your problem. The solutions are as follows:

Solution 1: Check the SD Card connection and change the adapter

The most common reason for the issue in which your SD card would not load your pictures can be the poor connection between the adapter and the SD card. Re-establishing a stable and workable connection will help to solve the issue in this case. To perform the process, you have to follow the following steps, and then you will get your work done.

  1. If your device is a smartphone, unplug and then re-plug the SD card.
  2. You can also check if the adapter of your smartphone works properly.
  3. In the case of PC, unplug the SD card reader.
  4. Change the SD card and then reconnect it.
  5. Even if it does not work, try connecting the SD card to another USB port of the PC.
  6. The final step to make it work is connecting it to another PC.

If the issue is because of the connection between the SD card and adapter, then this solution will help you to deal with the problem. In this way, you will get your data back without the process of recover deleted photos from the SD card. If this solution does not work, move on to Solution 2.

Solution 2: Check out the compatibility of the pictures format with the available format

Sometimes the picture would not load because their already available format is not compatible with your device's format. But relax because we have got a solution to this problem. All you have to do is to follow the following simple steps. So, let's begin!

  1. Connect the SD card with an adapter.
  2. Now connect the adapter with the computer.
  3. Open the SD card from the Windows file explorer.
  4. Check out the already format of the pictures on your SD card.
  5. Check whether your device supports the format.
  6. If no, then change the format, and then the images will automatically be visible to you.

Most of the time, the pictures are available in the usual format, for example, PNG, JPEG, AVI, GIG, and JPG, etc. When your photo is available in some special format, then you can change the format to make it compatible with the format of your device. Establishing compatibility among the formats will help you to deal with the issue if the problem is the format. If this solution also does not work, then it means the reason behind the problem in SD card is something else. In this way, you can jump on to the next solution.

Solution 3: Try changing the SD card Drive Letter

Sometimes the SD card does not have the drive letter. In this way, the SD card does not appear on your device. In this card, the notification will pop up, showing "Windows cannot detect SD card." This situation may seem tough to you, but you do not have to lose hope. We have a solution to this problem. After following the steps written below, you will get rid of this horrible issue. Then you will not have to recover deleted photos from the SD card. You can change the drive letter by following these steps.

  1. Right-click "My Computer" or "This PC" and click on the option of "Manage."
  2. Click on the option of "DISK Management."
  3. Find out the SD card icon and right-click on it.
  4. Click on "Change Drive Letter and Path."

change the drive letter for the sd card

  1. Then among the popped-up notifications, click on "Add" to assign the respective drive letter to SD card.
  2. Click on the "OK".

Once the process is completed, try opening the SD card. If the problem is due to a drive letter, then the solution will surely work. But if it does not work, then the concerned problem is not due to drive letter. It may be something else. So,in order to proceed to deal with the problem, try solution 4.

Solution 4: Try uninstalling Disk Driver

Sometimes the issues in the SD card driver lead to the concerned problem. But the solution exists for this annoying problem. So, let's try to fix the issue together. You do not have to go through a lengthy procedure to restore the SD card and restore deleted photos from the SD cardin this case. Just follow the following easy steps, and you will get through it.

  1. Connect your SD card to the adapter.
  2. Connect the adapter to the PC.
  3. Right-click on the option of "My Computer" or "This PC."
  4. Click on the "Device Manager."
  5. Expand the menu and then click on "Disk Drivers."
  6. Right-click on the SD card and then click on "Uninstall'.
  7. After completing the process, click on "Scan for hardware changes" to refresh the drivers.

click on scan for hardware changes option

If your SD card is not showing your pictures because of the SD card driver, then trying this solution will help you. Otherwise, try Solution 5 for further assistance.

Solution 5: Try formatting the SD card

Your SD card would not load your pictures in case it is corrupted. Most people think that when the SD card is corrupted, their data is lost, but they can recover photos from the SD card through formatting. Is not it amazing? During the time when your SD card is corrupted, the PC detects the SD card but shows the notification displaying "SD card is not formatted, format it now." You can format the SD card, and then you will be able to get all your data back without losing anything. So let's begin this magical process with some workable steps to follow.

  1. Press the "Window Key" + "E" at a time. It will open "Windows Explorer."
  2. Right-click on the SD card.
  3. Click on the option of "Format."
  4. Choose the required file system, which is to be set as NTFS for 32GB and ex-FAT for 64GM SD card.
  5. Then select the option of "Quick Format."
  6. Click on the "Start."

format your sd card

Once the format is done, you will get access to your SD card without going through the process of recover photos from the SD card.

Solution 6: Run antivirus

If the reason behind the invisibility of the pictures is a virus, then scanning your SD card can help. This will help to load your pictures, and you will not lose your data also. There is a lot of software available for free, which can help in this regard. Let's begin the scanning process with some easy and practical steps.

Your SD will be free of malware and virus once it is scanned. Then you can easily recover pictures from an SD card.

Part 3: Recover Photos from SD Card That Won't Load.

SD cards have made it very easy for us to store our data and information. But sometimes, due to malware, virus, or other reasons, our important data like pictures and videos, gets corrupted. Usually, people lose hope with this issue and think that their memories are lost forever. But this issue has a workable solution. Wondershare Recoverit Photo Recovery software will help you to deal with your issue, and you will be able to recover photos from SD card. Hence let's introduce you to this amazing software and the process to follow to continue the process. Let's begin it all with the steps to be followed.

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Step 1: Select your SD card

Open the Wondershare Recoverit Photo Recovery software and then click on the SD card and then click on the start. While performing the step, make sure that your SD card is connected to the device. Let the software scan your SD card. The process will take time.

select the sd card location to find deleted photos

Step 2: Recover Deleted Data

Once the scanning process is completed, preview and search for the desired files to recover. Select the concerned file and select the option of "Recover" to recover deleted photos from the SD card. You will get your photos back after completion of the process.

recover deleted photosfrom sd card


SD card is usually used to store data, including pictures and videos, as memories, but sometimes SD card does not load the pictures. There can be various reasons behind this problem, including drive issues, format compatibility, virus or malware, etc. The issue can be fixed by checking the connection between the adapter and the device, updating the drive letter of the SD card, uninstalling the SD card driver, scanning for malware, or formatting the SD card. Furthermore, sometimes your data gets corrupted due to some reasons. But you can recover photos from the SD card using Wondershare Recoverit Photo Recovery Software.

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