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Fix Common SD Card Errors with Simple Methods

Last updated on October 26, 2018 by Bryan

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Fix Common SD Card Errors with Simple Methods

fix sd card errorsSecure Digital Card or commonly known as SD Card, is a little storage device usually present on digital camera, smart phones and music players, and other devices that have little built-in memory, to maximize the number of files that the device can hold. Depending on the size of the SD Card, the number of files that can be stored varies. With its compact size, it is easy to transfer files from the SD Card to a PC directly. Since it is often times used, the chances of it having an SD Card error are high. That is why making sure your SD Card is working properly, especially if it is used for jobs and business, is essential. Here we will talk about some common errors that a SD Card can experience and the solutions to fix SD Card errors.

SD Card Unexpectedly Removed Error

This is probably one of the most common error messages that a SD Card user had. This error suddenly shows up on your device notifications, when the fact is nothing has been done to the SD Card. Whenever the “SD Card unexpectedly removed” error happens, the first thing to do is to check if the SD Card is actually corrupted. To check if it really is corrupted or damaged, remove it from the device and insert it to a different device. If the new device is unable to read the SD Card, then it is likely that the SD Card is actually corrupted. Most of the time, this issue is unfixable and the only solution is to get a brand new SD Card.

If files on the SD Card are important, you can first recover them by using a SD Card recovery tool like Acethinker Disk Recovery. This tool can help you restore files from a damaged or corrupted storage device. Follow the steps below to recover any lost data due to the SD Card error of being removed unexpectedly.

Step1 Download and Set Up the Installer

Acquire the installer by hitting the buttons below and install it on your computer.

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Step2 Select the File Type You Need to Restore

Once the installation is complete, run the tool to see the user interface. On the home screen of the tool, select which type of file to recover and click “Next.” If you want to recover all files that are stored on the SD Card, select “All Files.”

select all files

Step3 Scan the SD Card

Connect the SD Card to the PC using an “SD Card reader”. On the next screen, choose the storage device that the tool will scan. Select “SD card” and click “Next” to start the scan.

select sd card drive

Step4 Wait for the Scan to Finish

Depending on the number of files, the scan might take some time. The tool will give a notification once scan is done.

scan in progress

Step5 Select the Files to Restore

Once the scan is complete, the list of files that are on the SD Card will appear, select the files needed and click “Restore” to save the files.

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Virus and Malwares Are Affecting the SD Card

From time to time, Malware and computer viruses have been known to cause various errors and malfunctions to PC’s. This can also affect SD cards and can cause the “SD Card unexpectedly removed” error. To check if this is the cause, you can use Windows Defender to scan and see if the SD Card is infected with a virus.

Step1 Open Windows Defender Security Center

On the Search bar, type in “Windows defender security center” and click the top result.

open windows defender

Step2 Select Virus and Threat Protection

On the home screen of Windows Defender, on the left-hand side of the screen are different options, click the “Virus & threat protection” option.

virus and threat protection

Step3 Click the Scan Now Button

On the “Virus & threat protection” screen are different options. Initiate a scan by clicking the “Scan now” button and wait for the scan to finish and delete any file that is infected by a virus.

scan now

SD Card is Damaged Error

Another notable error message on SD cards is the SD Card damaged error. This error usually comes with a suggestion to reformat or erase all the files on the SD Card. This means that all the files on the SD Card will be deleted to free up SD Card space. Here are the steps to format the SD Card.

Step1 Plug the SD card to a PC

Insert the SD Card to a Card Reader and plug it to a PC.

plug sd card

Step2 Go to the This PC Window

On the search bar, type in “This PC” and hit “Enter”. On the “This PC” window, select the Drive Letter of the SD Card and right click on it. From the menu that will appear, select “Format” from the list of options and follow the on-screen instructions.

format sd card

SD Card Cannot Write Error

If the SD Card is not letting you add files, then the card is “write protected”. Sometimes this happens without the knowledge of the user, so it will at times cause confusion. This is a hassle because basically the SD Card is useless if it happens. Listed below are the steps to fix the issue of Write Protected SD cards.

Step1 Run the Command Prompt as Administrator

Open the command prompt as an administrator by typing in “CMD” on the search bar and right click on the top result and select “Run as administrator” from the options.

run as administrator

Step2 Type in the Commands

On the command prompt, enter the commands “chkdsk /f” and press the “Enter” key to start a system scans for the tool to attempt and fix the problem.

enter the commands

Step3 Restart the PC

Once all the scan is finished, last step is to apply the changes that were done by Command Prompt, by restarting the system.

restart the system

Blank SD Card Error

One error that happens most of the time is the Blank SD Card error. This error appears suddenly when you are unaware telling you that the SD Card don’t have any files, or has unsupported files in it. One way to fix the issue is by reinstalling the device again. Here are the steps on how to reinstall the SD Card to the system.

Step1 Open the Device Manager

You can reach the device manager from the “This PC” option, just type “This PC” on the search bar, right-click the top result and select “Manage.”

manage this pc

Step2 Click Device Manager

On the new window that appeared, select the “Device Manager” option on the left-hand side of the window.

click device manager

Step3 Select the SD Card Drive

From the list that will appear, double-click the “Disk Drives” option. From the list of storage drives that will drop down, right click on your SD Card and select uninstall. Wait for the process to finish.

uninstall driver

Step4 Reinstall the SD Card

Do this by unplugging the SD card from the PC, then plug it again via a memory card reader to reinstall it on the system.

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Additional Way to Fix SD Card Errors

Aside from the methods mentioned above, there are other ways to address SD Card issues. Sometimes the system can’t read the SD Card because it can’t detect it, with the drive letter that was assigned to it. Follow these steps to change the “Drive Letter” that is assigned to the SD Card to fix the error.

Step1 Open Computer Management Window

Reach the computer management window by typing “This PC” on the search bar and right-click the top result and select “Manage.”

open computer management

Step2 Select Disk Management

On the left side of the new window, select the “Disk Management” option under “Storage.”

select disk management

Step3 Choose Change Drive Letter and Path

From the list of storage drives, select the SD Card drive and right click on it, click the “Change Drive Letter and Path…”

change drive letter

Step4 Change the Drive Letter

Click the “Change” option from the pop-up window and select your desired Letter from the list and click “OK”.

select drive letter


When there is a SD Card error, the main solution is to reformat or delete all the contents of that SD Card. It’s hard to do it, especially if the SD Card holds precious data and files. For these instances, don’t hesitate to do it, just recover the files using Acethinker Disk Recovery after. This tool can help you restore deleted files from a removable disk directly. It really is a powerful tool to have for your recovery needs when a memory card error happens.

September 18, 2018
Post By Bryan to disk-recovery
Last updated on November 7, 2018

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