When your GoPro says No SD card, it can be kind of very frustrating and scary! Well, in this post, you’ll learn how to fix a GoPro not reading SD card error. This fix applies to all GoPro cameras (Hero3, Hero4, and Hero5).
Here’s what you need to do when your GoPro says “No SD card”.
3 Reasons for the GoPro “No SD” Error
There are three reasons you might get the “No SD” error on your GoPro. Here are those:
- Incorrectly inserted: This one is obvious and probably the first thing you should check. If the card is either inserted backward or if it isn’t fully inserted, you’ll get the “No SD” error. The card should be mounted without extending from the camera. And it should insert easily, without requiring force.
- Wrong type of card: Not all GoPro cameras will accept all types (size and speed) of micro SD cards. Be sure to check the specs of your camera before buying your SD card.
- Corrupted SD card / Improperly formatted: This is the most common one. There might be problems when switching cards between GoPro cameras. For some reason, it will sometimes seize up when you move the cards between different cameras – especially when there are images already on it.
Let’s see how to fix a GoPro not reading SD card error for the above reasons in brief.
# Ensure the SD card is properly inserted into the camera
Double check that the SD card is inserted correctly, give it a firm push. If the card doesn’t push in, try turning it the other way; it should slide in pretty easily with a gentle push. Try turning the GoPro off and inserting the card with the camera off.
Sometimes, dirt and grime can prevent an SD card from being inserted correctly. Give it a good cleaning and try to access.
# Format the SD Card
The simplest fix is to format the card since often incorrect formats on the card create No SD errors. This often happens if you use the card in a different camera, but sometimes it can pop up on a new card or even on a card you’ve used for a while.
When your GoPro says No SD, you can’t reformat with the cam. Instead, plug the microSD into a card reader on your computer to reformat the drive. You may need to use the card adapter that came with your card, or if you don’t have a slot on your computer, a USB card adapter. The exact steps vary a bit based on what computer you use.
For Windows: Inside This PC (or My Computer, if it’s Windows 7 or earlier), right click on the drive your card represents. Choose the format, then select the quick format option. If you are still experiencing issues, you can try a full format instead of the quick format option.
For Mac: Open Disk Utility. Select the memory card on the right panel, then choose the “Erase” column. Select the FAT format, then click erase.
# Check for the card compatibility
GoPro cameras tend to be pretty picky about what cards they’ll work with. Check and make sure your SD card is on the list of suggested cards. Or else get a new SD card like SanDisk Extreme microSD, verified compatibility by GoPro. Even if the card worked once before, some SD cards have inconsistent performance inside a GoPro.
However, GoPro No SD card errors are frustrating, but often a simple fix. A reformat will correct most issues, but you’ll also need to check that the card is inserted correctly and that you are using a fully compatible memory card. Also, it doesn’t matter if you’re using a Hero 5, Hero 4, or Hero 3, this error is frustrating at the very least and at most could even corrupt your video files.
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