Windows 10: Computer won't read your SD card? Solve it now!
This article is dedicated to a painful situation when the computer won't read an SD card. Here you will find out:
- 3 most common reasons, why your computer won't read the SD card
- 3 good solutions how to solve these problems
- how Partition Recovery can help you
Are you ready? Let's read!
Case 1. Card reader or SD card is dusty/dirty
If this is this case, the computer won't read the SD card. So check if your card reader or SD card are clean.
If not, clean the adapter (also known as a card reader) and the SD card using a cotton or wool cloth that is slightly moistened with alcohol or water. Do not scratch it! When they are dry, try to reconnect them and check if the SD card is detected. You can also change the adapter or try inserting the SD card into another computer. If, after that, your computer will not read your SD card, try the following methods.
Case 2. Fix the drivers
You have a new memory card in your phone, but when you insert it into the computer, nothing happens. Sound familiar? Why won't your computer is not reading my SD card?
Outdated drivers may be a good reason why your computer won't read the SD card.
In this case, the SD card may not be detected on the computer, or it may be detected, but it will not open. In any case, the problem is obsolete or missing drivers. To fix this, follow these steps:
Press Win+R and type "Control Panel", then select the "Device Manager".
Now find your SD card and right-click on it. Select "Properties", then, in the "Driver" tab, select and click "Update Driver", then choose "Automatically search for updated driver software". After a while, drivers will be searched and updated. After that, restart the computer and check the operation of the SD card. If the computer still won't detect your SD card, proceed to the next step.
Case 3. Computer won't read SD card because of incorrect formatting
If you have performed formatting of the SD card on your phone, it is likely that something went wrong and the operation failed. In this case, the file system of your SD card is damaged, and this may be the reason why the computer won't read your SD card.
You can easily and safely use Partition Recovery to open your SD card. This is a proven and reliable solution if Windows 10 will not read your SD card.
You can open or recover your data from it using different modes.
DiskInternals Partition Recovery supports the following file systems: NTFS, exFAT, FAT 12, FAT 16, FAT 32, HFS, HFS +, ZFS, Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, Reiser, Reiser4, UFS, etc. The software works with Windows 7, 8, 10 and other versions. DiskInternals Partition Recovery is equipped with a trio of helpers: Partition Recovery Wizard, NTFS Recovery Wizard and FAT Recovery Wizard. In addition, there are 3 modes of operation for the wizards: “reader”, “uneraser” or “recovery”.
A free preview feature is a great option, helping you see the quality in the work that Partition Recovery does.
Refer to the instructions for this application described below and everything will become clear.
Step 1. Download and install DiskInternals Partition Recovery and connect the SD card to the computer.
Step 2. Select the disk recovery wizard mode: “reader”, “uneraser” or “recovery”. If your computer won't read the SD card, select the “reader” mode. Then click "Next".
Step 3. Select the type of files you want to recover or skip that step.
Step 4. Scan. Wait for the process to complete.
Step 5. Preview and restore. Right-click on the file and select "Preview in New Window." This way, you will be convinced of the quality of the data recovered.
Step 6. Saving. Purchase a license and enter the license key.
Now, even if the computer won't read your SD card, you can format it using Explorer. Go to This PC and select your SD card. Right-click on it and select the format in the file system you need.