Fix: SD Card not Reading Windows 10

SD cardUsually, we make use of our camera’s SD card to transfer and backup photos to a PC. This is a normal course of action that most users follow without any problems. However, in some cases after upgrading to Windows 10, we have heard users complain about SD card’s not being detected by their computers. What are the causes and the possible solutions to this error? All of this will be covered in this blog post, so stay tuned.

Solution 1: Restart your computer

This may sound like a simple and basic solution, but restarting your systems is found to resolve many problems. So try restarting your computer and check if your SD card is detected.

Solution 2: Run hardware trouble-shooter

The next best solution is to run the built-in hardware troubleshooter that comes built-in with Windows 10. Running this tool resolves hardware issues if any and may help solve SD card detection problems. You can do so by following the steps below.

  1. Go to Settings > Update & Security
  2. Click on Troubleshoot > Hardware & Devices troubleshooter
  3. Click on Run the Troubleshooter

Once the troubleshooting is complete, restart your computer and check if the error is resolved. If not, proceed to the next step.

Solution 3: Update driver software

If your SD card is not being detected, it could probably be because the drive is missing or corrupted. Reinstalling the drivers will help resolve such problems.

  1. Click on Windows + X and open Device Manager
  2. In the list of devices, identify your SD card and right click on it
  3. Select Update Drivers > Search automatically for updated driver software

This should help you automatically update drivers. However, if this doesn’t work you can also reinstall the driver by following the steps below

  1. Open Device Manager and right click on your SD card
  2. Then click Uninstall
  3. Restart your computer and your drivers will be automatically installed

If this solution doesn’t help, proceed to the next step to check if there is any drive letter issue.

Solution 4: Check if your SD card has a drive letter assigned

  1. Click Windows + X keys to open the power menu
  2. Select Disk Management and in the window that opens, check if your SD card is visible along with a list of other drives
  3. If you see your SD card in the list, see if it is assigned a drive letter. If you don’t see any drive letter, you can follow the steps below to add one.

To add a drive letter to your SD card

  1. In the same Disk Management window, right click on the SD card
  2. Click Change Drive Letters and Paths
  3. Click on Add and choose a drive letter
  4. Click Ok and your drive will be assigned a letter

Once a drive letter is assigned, your SD card will get detected and work fine if it had any issues with the letter.


We hope that one of the solutions help you resolve the error. However, in cases where none of the above-discussed solutions help you in SD card detection; there is a possibility that your SD card is severely corrupt or probably even dead.

In that case, you cannot risk your data with this card. So if you have any important data to be recovered, now is a good time to do so. Tools such as Remo Recover do a great job in recovering photos from SD card. Its advanced scanning mechanism will help you recover all data from the card thoroughly. Download a free trial and try today!

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