How Do I Fix – SD Card Cannot Be Read by PC/Phone


What you should do when your PC or phone can't read SD card?
Part 1. How to Fix - SD Card Cannot Be Read by PC
Step 1. Recover Data from A Micro SD Card That Cannot Be Read
Today, with rapid developing of data recovery technology, SD card data recovery is easy. Many data recovery programs are now made available in the market which can help to easily and effectively recover lost data. For instance, both MiniTool Power Data Recovery and MiniTool Photo Recovery can help to effectively recover SD card data without affecting the original data because of their excellent performance, high security and simple operations.
Step 2: Fix SD Card Can't Be Read by PC
Method 1. Format SD card Open Windows Explorer, right-click the SD card, and then choose "Format…" button.
Now, specify file system, volume label and check Quick Format, and then click on Start button.
After that, you will receive an error message that reads: "WARNING: Formatting will erase ALL data on this disk. To format the disk, click OK. To quit, click CANCEL." Here, as we have recovered lost data from this SD card, we just need to click on OK button to continue.
Finally, you can click on OK button when you get a message saying: "Format Complete." Thus, all work has been done.
If this method doesn't work, you can try running CHKDSK to scan for errors!
Method 2. Run CHKDSK to repair corrupted or unreadable micro SD card
Press Windows+X to open the Power User menu, and then click on "Command Prompt (Admin)."
In the new Command Prompt window, type chkdsk E: /f /r /x. Here you should replace E with your micro SD card letter.
Part 2. How to Fix - SD Card Cannot Be Read by Phone
Situation 1. SD chip is dirty.
Sometimes, there will be dust or dirt because of the careless protection for chips, thus your phone cannot read SD card. It is recommended to check that if the metal area is black or there is any spot on it. Once you find any spot, you can wipe it gently by using cotton with alcohol or water, and then insert it in when it gets dry.

Situation 2. The wires inside of the slot rust or bend over.
Some phones support hot-plug. BUT, frequent plug-in and out makes the wires bend over, and then you will find that the SD card can't be read by phone. If the wires are at the same position, you should check the slot under light, and try to bend the wires back.

Situation 3. The slot is squeezed.
For some ultrathin phones, the design of slot is very delicate. The slot will be squeezed if the thickness of battery exceeds certain requirement. In this case, you can change the battery to the original battery and use something to reshape the slot to fix SD card cannot be read by phone problem.

Situation 4. SD card is formatted improperly.
The forms of phones and computer formatting are different. For instance, FAT32 won't be read in Lenovo Motorola E680. Therefore, if your SD card is formatted with FAT32, you should reformat it to FAT16 to make E680 recognize it.

Attention: Formatting will delete all your data on SD card. Thus, you had better back up your data before formatting.

Situation 5. SD card gets infected with a virus or spyware.
If the SD card gets virus on computer, your phone cannot read it. The secret to solving this issue that people want to share is this:
Recover data from SD card that cannot be read by phone, and then format it on computer to FAT16.
Situation 6. The phone is broken.
Sometimes, your phone can't read your SD card is because your phone is broken. In this case, you should send your phone to repair.

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Created by Baojin Lee 25 weeks 4 days ago – Made popular 25 weeks 3 days ago
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