SD Card Keeps Disappearing from Camera & Computer – How to Fix?

SD cards are usually a reliable means of data storage but once in a while, you may encounter issues with it. For instance, you may find that ‘The SD card connected to your camera or computer may keep disappearing’. Why does this happen? What are the reasons for the error and how to resolve this? All of this will be discussed in this blog post.

As a first step, try using a different USB port to rule out problems with the USB port. Then check if the issue persists. If it does, proceed to the troubleshooting steps.

Solution 1: Run the hardware troubleshooter

If your SD card (or any hardware for that matter) isn’t working as expected, you can use the built-in hardware troubleshooter to resolve issues with the hardware. To run this tool, follow the steps below.

  1. Click Windows + R to open the Run command
  2. Then type Control Panel and open it
  3. Click on Hardware and Sound > Configure a device
  4. Once the hardware troubleshooter opens, click on Next for Windows to fix problems with your hardware.

Solution 2: Update drivers

Unstable or corrupt drivers can sometimes make your SD card or any USB device to behave unexpectedly. To rule out this as a cause, follow the steps below to update drivers.

  1. Click on Windows + X keys and once the menu opens, select Device Manager
  2. Expand the ‘Universal Serial Bus controllers’ section
  3. Right click on the first device and click ‘Update’ and repeat the same with all devices
  4. Once that’s done, restart your computer and this should automatically reinstall the drivers

Solution 3: Format the SD card

If your SD card is corrupted or the file system is messed up, it may keep disconnecting from your camera or computer. In this case, corruption can be resolved by formatting the SD card in most cases.

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Once data is recovered, go ahead and format the card using the steps below.

  1. Connect the SD card to your system
  2. Open-File Explorer by clicking Windows + E keys
  3. Then right click on your SD card and click Format
  4. Once the Format window opens, select ‘FAT32’ for 32 GB cards and ‘ExFAT’ for 64 GB cards
  5. Select Quick Format and click Formatting will create a new file system for you to work on.

Note: If you’re having the SD disappearing issue on the camera, you can format it on your camera itself.


We hope that one of these solutions helps you resolve the ‘SD card disappearing’ problem. But as a precautionary measure, always make sure you remove the SD card when the device is turned OFF, whether the device is a camera, cell phone or a computer. Secondly, when you are transferring data, always make sure the transfer is complete before you remove the SD card. Removing it while the transfer is in progress can damage your card.