What to Do with “Blank SD Card” Issue?

SD cards have grown in popularity over the years as they allow you to expand internal storage of your smartphone, save photos in camera, create boot media, and more. However, users sometimes encounter problems during the usage of SD card. One common issue is the blank SD card where SD card becomes undetectable or unreadable.

How to Fix Blank SD Card

There are several ways to fix blank SD card. It is recommended that you try the following methods one-by-one until the problem is solved.

1. Reboot the Phone

You may be prompted to format the SD card when the issue occurs but it is recommended that you try other solutions first. Sometimes rebooting the phone is all that is needed to solve this problem.

Follow these instructions:

Step 1: Turn off your phone.
Step 2: Reboot and wait for the phone to read the SD card. If it still gives blank SD card error, then you should try other solutions.

2. Run chkdsk

Another solution that often works is the chkdsk command of Windows. This command scans the SD card, identifies, and then fixes errors such as blank SD card.

Follow these instructions:

Step 1: Use a card reader to connect SD card to your computer.
Step 2: Run Command Prompt (Run as Administrator) and input “chkdsk [drive letter of the connected SD card]: /f” and then press the Enter key. Windows will scan and attempt the fix.
Step 3: Now insert the SD card to your phone and see if the problem is solved.

3. Show Hidden Files on Blank SD Card

There is another way to fix blank SD card problem. Your SD card may have some hidden files stored on it and sometimes deleting such files solves the problem. You will need to use your Windows PC for this fix.

Follow these instructions:

Step 1: Use a card reader to connect SD card to your computer.
Step 2: Navigate to Control Folders > File Explorer Options and then click on the View tab.
Step 3: Now find and check the “Show hidden files, folders, and drives” option and then click Apply > OK.
Step 4: After the above step, browse the SD card and delete the files that might cause the problem.

How to Recover Data from Blank SD Card If You Cannot Fix the Issue

Use iMyFone AnyRecover – The Most Efficient SD Card Recovery Software

If you cannot fix the blank SD card and plan to format it, then it is recommended that you recover your lost data first via professional SD card recovery software. iMyFone AnyRecover is a recommended choice in this regard. This tool is easy to use and has all the necessary features to help you recover your lost/deleted files from your blank SD card as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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Steps to Recover Lost Partition:

Step 1: Open iMyFone AnyRecover and click on External Device Recovery.

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Step 2: On the next screen, connect your SD card to your computer via card reader and make sure it is detected by the OS. Then click on the Next button to proceed.

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Step 4: Now you will need to select the types of files for scanning. If you want to scan for all file types, then check the ‘All File Types’ option shown on top of the interface. After that, click the Scan button.

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Step 5: Next, preview the files you want to recover, select them, and then click the Recover button to start the recovery process.

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The Reasons Why SD Card is Blank

There could be a number of reasons that may cause blank SD card problem. Following are some of the common reasons:

  • Virus/malware attack can cause the problem and lead to data loss.
  • Unplugging the SD card from the computer while it’s still in use. It can lead to RAW file system or blank SD card issue.
  • Physical damage to SD card.
  • SD card is put into an unauthorized device.
  • Removing the SD card (unplugging the card reader) from the computer without using the ‘safely remove hardware’ option first.
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