Why can’t I access my MicroSD card and how can I fix it?
Question by Daniel Porras /

Hello guys,

I’m having a problem with a MicroSD card. I’m using it with a USB adapter but my laptop is showing it greyed out and instead displays “Please insert a disk into removable disk”.

I tried to format it and it doesn’t work. It says it doesn’t have any memory (0KB) and also says cannot find file system… any ideas? I found an old thread by a guy who had the same issue and he found a program to solve it but the links are too old.

Does anyone has any ideas?

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Answers (14)
  • Fala

    try other usb port, or other computer and see whether the hdd is detected. If still not, try to go to device manager ( http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000833.htm ), and then assign a drive letter to the hdd. After that, try to access it from Computer, if not able to access it, format it (use quick format) and then use this program to recover your files. http://www.001-software.com/file-recovery/

  • Dimal Chandrasiri

    Possibility 1:
    Adapter problem can cause this kind of issu. if the connectors of the adapter doesn’t connect to the memory card correctly, this will happen. try getting a new adapter and try reading it from that.

    Possibility 2:
    you might have damaged the memory card Accidently. while microSD is a very small memory device, it can be damaged due to various reasons. the people where I live tends to carry there micoSD cards with them and, sometimes they even sit while the memory card is in their back pocket. the pressure can harm the memory.

    Possibility 3:
    this is actually not a possiblity bt, a way to check the memory. insert it into a mobile device such as a phone and check whether is recognizes it. if it does, it’s surely is a problem with the adapter.

    if all above fails, use your warranty to get a new memory card. kingston gives a great warranty. :)

  • Ray

    Sounds like the drive’s partition may be missing…

    Try creating a new partition and reformatting… Hoping you did not have valuable data on there. This process will completely initialize the drive and erase prior data.

  • Curtis C.

    Tried using linux to view the drive?

  • Daniel Porras

    Actually I inserted the SD card in my phone and it doesn’t recognize it at all, that’s why I don’t think that the problem is the adapter but I’ll try it tonight.

    Thanks for all the answers

  • Raghavendra Ksheerasagar

    Try format it in Nokia E siries phone.

  • josemon maliakal

    The adapter may be damaged ..please try with a new one

  • DalSan

    Are these the tools you were looking for? https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_3/ (SD Formatter), http://www.easeus.com/data-recovery/card-recovery-software/sd-card-recovery-freeware.htm (Easeus SD Card Recovery) and http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html (Min Tool Partition Wizard)

    I would use another adapter for your card first to see if it helps first, as suggested.

  • HLJonnalagadda

    Yeah best use another card reader. Must be an issue with the current one.

  • Srinivas N

    Try with another card reader or adapter. Sometimes it helps. Or else may be your card has gone faulty

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