Resolved – Pictures on SD Card not Showing on Computer

With an ever-increasing demand for good content, there has been a steady influx of media devices with great recording capabilities. Everyone in possession of a mobile phone to an experienced photographer is sharing their work online. Your memory cards play an important role in capturing and storing all the data.

Once the memory cards are full, it is but natural for you to transfer all the files to a computer so that you can make space to capture more photos, videos.

You connected your SD card to the system, but the pictures are not showing up on the computer. You try connecting with a card reader, explore other USB ports, but are still unable to view any files.

The reasons for the occurrence of this error include virus infection, hidden files, corrupt card, bad card reader etc.

Let us check out some possible solutions to this error.

  1. Use a different card reader

If you can view photos on your camera, try connecting the SD card to your system via a different card reader. If you can access these photos on the system, there is a definitely a problem with an earlier card reader. If you cannot access it there as well, change your SD card.

  1. Enable hidden files on your memory card

At times, files on your memory card can be hidden and hence not visible on your computer.

  • Click Start
  • Type Control Panel in the search box and hit Enter.
  • Click Appearance and Personalization.
  • Now select Show hidden files and folders under Folder Options.
  • Check Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
  • Click Apply and OK.
  1. Remove write protection using diskpart utility
  • Click Start Type cmd in the search box and hit Enter.
  • Once Command Prompt opens, type diskpart and hit Enter.
  • After diskpart opens, type list disk and hit Enter.
  • Now type select disk X (Replace X with the number from the first column in the list for SD card) and hit Enter.
  • Type attributes disk clear read-only and hit Enter.
  • Type Exit and hit Enter.
  1. Using Disk Management
  • Click on My Computer or This PC.
  • Click Manage.
  • Click Disk Management. Now find your device in the drive viewer.
  • Press Windows button+R to open the Run window.
  • Type cmd and hit Enter.
  • Now type chkdsk X: /F and hit Enter. (Replace X with the drive letter).
  • Type Exit and hit Enter.
  1. Update your SD card reader
  • Press Windows button+R to open the Run window.
  • Type msc and hit Enter.
  • Click Disk Drives.
  • Right-click your SD card. Choose Update Driver Software.
  • Select Search automatically for updated driver software.
  • If Windows does not return any results, you can look for the driver on device manufacturer’s website.

If the above steps of updating the driver don’t work, right-click on the device and select Uninstall. Restart your system. Windows will attempt to reinstall the driver.

  1. Recover data using Yodot Photo Recovery tool

You can recover lost or deleted pictures from your SD card quite easily with Yodot Photo Recovery tool.

If the SD card is corrupted and it is not accessible on your computer, you can format it and re-insert the card. Before hitting that format button, you have to recover the data first.

  • Download and install the latest version of Yodot Photo Recovery software.
  • On the home screen, click Lost Photo Recovery option.
  • The software shows a list of hard drives connected to the system.
  • Select the drive from where photos are lost or need to be recovered.
  • In the next screen, select photo file types that you want to recover or click Skip to select all files by default.
  • The software performs a scan and shows the list of recovered files through Preview feature.
  • You can then save the recovered files to a destination folder of your choice.

The software also shows you in simple steps on how to recover permanently deleted photos as well.

The software can recover RAW images as well. Yodot Photo Recovery tool works on all kinds of hard drives, memory cards, memory sticks, FireWire drives etc.