Tips to fix the SD Card Detection Issue

Tips to fix the SD Card Detection Issue

Smart devices don’t have enough space to store the huge amount of media that a user need. That is why Smart devices are fitted with SD card slots for external data storage devices. But it can get very annoying when you want to transfer data to your SD card from your computer and it is not detected. This is a very common problem with a very simple solution.

Before you go through the main solutions, first check if your SD card is properly connecting to the computer. This can be done in two ways as mentioned below:

  • USB Cable Error:
    It could be possible that your USB cable is damaged. Make sure that the USB cable is original and check if it is connected properly without any loose connections. Try charging your smart device with the USB cable to check if it is damaged or not.
  • SD Card adaptor
    Most computers are fitted with a SD Card adaptor. Use the adaptor to check if your card is detected or not. This can only be possible if your computer has a SD Card slot.

If you have tried both methods stated above and your SD card still shows the same error when you connect it to your PC, then follow these solutions to fix the problem:

Solution 1 – Using the command prompt

Your SD Card may have bad sectors which restrict it from being detected.  Follow these steps to recover them:

  • Connect your SD card to your computer.
  • From the start menu of your computer, click on
  • In the text field provided, type USB cable
  • In the new command window that opens, type the following code.

    Chkdsk [the drive letter of the SD card]/r

All the corrupted sectors in the SD card may be recovered by this method. Other external devices can also be fixed with the same procedure as well.


Solution 2 – Check the driver

It could be possible that the driver software is corrupted or out dated. Follow these steps to fix the driver software.

  • Connect your smart device to your computer.
  • On your computer, open My Computer.
  • Click on System Properties on the task bar above.
  • In the new window that opens, click on Device Manager option on the left of the screen.
  • When the device manager opens, click on Other Devices.
  • Click on Android Phone.
  • Select Update Driver Software.
  • Your computer will automatically search for driver software online. Make sure you are connected to the internet for this step to complete.


You can use an external SD Card driver as an alternative to the above stated methods.

Make sure that the SD Card is inserted properly in the slot before using any of the solutions.