A number of times you might have faced several issues while using a memory card. It is not new for SD cards and other memory cards to pop error while using in devices. I will explain some of the commonly occurring problems with memory cards. Further you can explore methods for troubleshooting memory card.
Many of the electronic devices use memory cards for storing information. With the advancement in the smartphone technology, their use in smartphones has declined gradually. Most of them are manufactured with their internal memory these days. But a major portion of digital devices like Cameras, Camcorders and other imaging devices still depend heavily on these memory cards.
There are a number of memory cards in the market like SD cards, CF cards, MMC, SDHC, XD etc. The issues are however same for all of them. The use of memory card is completely a function of your device.
Memory Card “Write Protected”
This error pops up many times while using SD or SDHC cards. It is due to the lock button function in the card. There is a lock switch on the side of your card. If this switch is locked, it means the card is write protected and no further data can be written in the card. In order to use it, slide the switch to the unlock side. Once it is done, remove the card and reinsert it in the slot. This time the card will be read by the computer.
Format Memory Card Error Prompt
Sometimes when you insert the memory card in the slot or connect it with the device, it prompts for formatting the card in order to use it. If you see such prompt, try to connect it to a different device or a computer. If it still persists, it’s your call to format it or not. If the card has some data or photos, you would not want to format it. If the card is new or blank, you can format it.
Try to connect the card to a different device and take all the backup of files on the card. Format the card in the same device. This issue can be caused due to file corruption in the card or malfunctioning in the camera or lack of compatibility with your device.
Card Not Read by Computer
Many times when you connect the SD card to your computer, it is unable to read it. In such case it will either prompt you with the error message “USB Device not recognized” or it won’t show any message.
In such cases, you first make sure that your computer is capable of reading the specific type of memory card. Some of the old computer systems are unable to read some of the memory cards like SDHC. You can upgrade the firmware of your computer in order to make it read the new memory cards.
Memory Card Reader Issue
Whenever the memory card is inserted into a card reader, make sure the slot is intact and undamaged. A damaged card reader can lead to the corruption or deletion of many files in your card. You have to take utmost care before inserting the card. If you are using the same card reader slot of your system and it doesn’t read the memory card, try to connect the card with your device. This gives the device access to your data and helps to keep the data intact.
Sometimes you unknowingly delete the files in your memory card and later hope that you will be able to recover the files from recycle bin. Do not make the mistake because the files in your card get permanently deleted when you delete them. They are not supposed to move to recycle bin of your system. The recycle bin is specifically made for the data on our computer hard drive.
Missing Files in Memory Card
Most of the times an issue arises when you are unable to find the files on your memory card. This arises when the card is corrupt or exposed to any harmful environment. Make sure that your memory card is perfectly secure either in the slot or in the case. To regain your files, you have to make use of a blank sd card file recovery software. There is various third party software to recover your missing files in memory card.
A few of these memory card problems can be solved by just restarting the system and inserting the memory card. Some of the issues can be fixed by the diagnostic tool that is given on every operating system.
In conclusion, I would say that whenever you face any issue or suspect any problem with your memory card. Try to use it in different computer or devices and take a backup of all the files that are important to you. Then start troubleshooting the memory card.