Fix SD Card Not Showing Up Windows 10

Have you ever experienced this problem? You might have the most important and memorable photos or videos in your SD-card and you decide to copy them to your PC or laptop, but when you insert the SD-Card in the USB port through a card reader, the SD card is not showing up.

In the digital age, we are using SD cards in all portable devices that we have like mobile phones, smartwatches, Digital Cameras, and many more.  If you want to transfer the file you need to connect the SD card to your computer.  

While you are doing this if your SD card is not showing up on your Windows 10 don’t get queried or frustrated, because you are not alone with this issue, after upgrading to windows 10 many users like you have gone through this issue. Here are the necessary steps you can take to solve the issue.

First of all, you need to identify where the problem is, the problem might be due to both hardware and software errors such as a bad USB port, Improper Ejection, SD card damage, Faulty SD-Card Reader, Virus infection, etc.

You must go through the steps one by one to understand the root cause of the issue and fix it.

1. Dirty SD-Card/Card Reader

If you are a rough handler of your device you might have the SD-card or the Card reader covered with dirt or dust, this might lead to a poor connection between the SD-card, Card reader, and your computer. So before connecting your Card reader to your computer, make sure that both the SD-card and the card reader are clean, remove the dust in both if there is any.

2. Faulted USB/ SD card

Your computer can’t detect the SD-Card if you have a faulted USB or if the SD card itself is faulted. To make sure this is not the issue first try to connect the SD-Card to another computer and try to connect another SD-Card to your computer to find out if both USB and SD card is healthy.

3. Disabled SD Card Reader

Make sure if your SD-Card isn’t disabled in your computer if it’s so it might not get detected. To check this

Step 1: Right-click Start and click on Device Manger

Step 2: Look for the connected SD card and right-click on it, if you see the Disable option you are good and this is not the issue, else click on the Enable option visible on the screen and then check if the SD-Card has been detected or not.

4. Drive letter Not Assigned in Disk Manager

Open your Disk Manager and check if the SD card is detected there, if it is detected check if it has a drive letter or not. If the SD Card is visible in disk manager and has no drive letter (like 😀 or :E) follow the steps below.

Step 1: Right Click on the SD Card and select Change Drive Letter and Paths.

Step 2: Now Click on Add and assign a drive letter, now click on OK

Now you might be able to see your SD Card in the file explorer.

5. Simple Hardware Issues

If there are any simple hardware problems in the computer your SD-Card might not be detected, to resolve this you can run a troubleshoot for the hardware using the Windows built-in hardware troubleshooter.  To do this,

Step 1: Press Windows + I, this will open the Settings tab. In settings click on Update & Security > Troubleshoot.

Step 2: After completing the above process, look for Hardware and Devices on the right window and click on Run the troubleshooter. This will allow Windows to identify the hardware problem and fix them automatically.

6. Outdated Device Driver

If your device driver is outdated your SD-Card might not be visible on your Windows 10 device. To tackle this issue you can update or reinstall the driver of your computer.

Step 1: Enter the Device Manager, look for SD-Card and right-click on it, and then select Update Driver.

Step 2: Click on Search automatically for updated driver software, this option is used to search for new drivers if you couldn’t find any, look into the manufacturer’s website and install the new driver.

Step 3: If there isn’t any update available Uninstall the drive and Restart your computer, the driver will be reinstalled automatically while restarting.

7. Computer/SD-card Affected by Virus or malware

 It’s really a good habit to scan your computer once in a while for viruses and malware; this will help you to maintain a healthy computer. In many cases, the presence of virus and malware in the computer or SD-card might also be the reason for SD-Card not showing up issue. So make sure your computer or SD-Card is virus and malware-free while connecting.

8. Your SD card Might Be Write Protected

The Write Protection feature is used to make the SD-card a Read-only device. if your SD-Card is not showing up in windows 10 check whether it is Write Protected. If so, follow these steps to resolve it.

Step 1: Open the Command Prompt as administrator by pressing Windows +R and typing cmd.

Step 2: Give input as disk part and press Enter, now type list disk and press Enter

Step 3: Type Select disk <SD-Card number> and press Enter

Step 4: Now, give the input as attributes disk clear read-only and press Enter

This will remove the read-only attribute of the SD-Card and makes it a Writable Device.

9. Check If the SD Card File System is corrupted

You can check if the file system is corrupted or not by using windows built-in disk checker called the CHKDSK. To do this check you need to open the elevated command prompt.

Step 1: Press Windows+R and type cmd then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to access elevated Command Prompt

Step 2: Now type chkdsk <drive letter:> /f /r and press Enter, this will automatically look for errors in the disk and repair the SD-card.

10. Final Solution

Once you have tried all the above solutions and still if you are not able to detect the SD card or if it is detected but some of your files have been lost you can take a backup of your SD-Card and format it with any of the trusted tool available in the market. Make sure to format the card with the help of a recovery tool so that you can recover if any of the files is being lost


The above solutions might solve your problem of SD-card not showing up on Windows 10, and you can use the same procedure in windows 8 and windows 7 to solve this issue.


1. How to fix my SD-Card if it is not detected in Android Mobile

You can you the same procedure above if your SD-Card is not detected in your Android mobile.

2. Why did my SD Card stopped working suddenly

This might due to various reasons such as a corrupted micro SD card, improper operation of the SD Card, or else you might have ejected the SD-Card while it is transferring the data.