Oct 122012

Although more and more digital cameras include internal memory, nearly all photographers rely on memory cards to store their photos. Memory cards, which typically are a little larger than a postage stamp, can store hundreds or thousands of photos. Consequently, any problem with the memory card can be a disaster … no one wants to lose all of their photos. Use these tips to troubleshoot your SD and SDHC memory card problems.

Missing Drive

Another commonly occurring problem is when your SD card is connected to your PC but is not showing up in your My Computer menu. Remove all of your USB devices. Then go to device manager and uninstall your USB SD card adapter. One uninstalled, reboot your system and then plug the card back in, Window’s should automatically detect the device.

Vista Compatibility

Your SD card may not be recognized by Window’s Vista because of a compatibility issue. To resolve this issue, make sure you have the latest Window’s service pack installed, because this contains a fix for this bug. If you have the latest service packs, Windows offer a “hotfix” that will fix this specific problem. If you have the latest service pack and you’ve installed the hotfix, you can contact Microsoft via their support software for additional help


Before you load any images or information on your SD card, you will need to format it. Formatting is where you attune your device to your computer and peripheral hardware. For this you will need to insert the card into your PC, closing any auto play windows that appear. Once you have done this, and the device when it appears in the My Computer window, right click and select format.

Write Protection

If your SD card is giving you write protection errors, it could be that the write protection switch is set to the on position. Most SD cards come with a switch you can set to prevent your data from being erased or written over. If this switch is set to on, you will not be able to add or delete information from your card, so make sure you turn the card’s protection off before attempting to write to the card.



For any problem not listed here, there is general advice for problem solving. If you cannot determine why your card is not working properly, reinstall the drivers. When you do this, make sure you delete your old drivers, restart, then install the new ones. If you have another memory card, plug it in and see if your PC can read it — if so, your SD card may be damaged. As with any peripheral device, make sure your card is securely plugged into your USB adapter or the SD card slot. If you lost data due to the issues above, try SD card data recovery (or called SDHC card data recovery) to retrieve lost photos.

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