Recover Files after SD Card Blank or Unsupported File System Error

“I started facing “SD card is blank or unsupported file system” error while accessing the card on my Windows system. So, I removed the SD card and reinserted it. Yet, the same error “SD card is blank or unsupported file system” is stuck on the Windows screen. There are plenty of files on my SD card including a lot of photos, music files, videos and some office files. So, how to access my data after SD card blank or unsupported file system error?”

One of the most annoying problems with SD card is the sudden appearance of error messages like SD card is blank or unsupported file system, the card needs to be formatted etc. In case, SD card keep on displaying blank or unsupported file system error, then you can observe its file system perhaps has been turned into RAW or it is showing 0-byte memory utilization.

There are several reasons behind this error message that include mishandling of the device, suspicious virus attack, file system corruption and more. But whatever might be the reason, it's really a disturbing thing to lose our vital data; after moving files from phone memory to SD card with a hope that they are in safe place.

Still, you should never lose hopes. There are various ways to fix this "SD card is blank or unsupported file system” error.

How to Fix SD Card Is Blank or Unsupported File System Error?

Technique 1: Re-Install Disk Drivers

Step 1: Open Command Prompt (Run as administrator).

Step 2: Type set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1 and press Enter.

Step 3: Next, type start devmgmt.msc, hit Enter.

Step 4: Switch to View tab in Device Manager.

Step 5: Click on Show hidden devices and unfold Disk Drive.

Step 6: Choose Universal serial bus controller.

Step 7: Right-click on gray triangle (if any present).

Step 8: Opt for Uninstall and reboot the computer.

This uninstalls device driver. And, when you reconnect the SD card, drivers will be re-installed (needs internet connectivity).

Technique 2: Run CHKDSK

Step 1: Launch Command Prompt (Run as administrator).

Step 2: Type chkdsk [SD card drive letter]: /r and hit Enter button.

Step 3: Wait for the completion of repair process.

In case, you are using Mac then, try First Aid in Disk Utility instead of CHKDSK.

If none of the above solutions help you in fixing “SD card is blank or has unsupported file system” error, then recover data from SD card and format it.

How to Recover Files After SD Card Is Blank or Has Unsupported File System Error?

Step 1: Download and install Yodot Photo Recovery on your computer.

Step 2: Connect the blank or has unsupported file system SD card and run the software.

Step 3: Select Lost Photo Recovery option on the main screen.

main window

Step 4: Pick your SD card from shown list of logical drives/partitions.

Select SD Card

Step 5: Opt Skip to recover entire data from SD card else specify required file types.

Opt Skip

Step 6: The tool scans the SD card and shows files from it.

Shows Recovered Encrypted Files

Step 7: Mark files which you want to recover from the blank or unsupported file system SD card. You can also Preview recovered media files.


Step 8: Finally, save retrieved files on the computer drive. Don’t save recovered data on the same SD card to prevent data overwriting

Save Files

About SD Card Recovery Software:

With the aid of fine card recovery software like Yodot, you can successfully recover files after facing SD card is blank or unsupported file system error. This application can get back all types of media files such as photos, videos, audios, RAW images and others from erroneous SD card on Windows system. You can also recover cut files, data after accidental deletion, transfer error, unintentional formatting and more using this software. There are many other complex reasons, which leads to loss or removal of important files from SD card.

And this application can handle such instances and even recover files from unmountable SD card effectively. It has the ability to rescue lost or erased media files from CF cards, MMC card, XD card, memory stick, flash drive, hard drive, portable hard drive and other storage components along with SD cards. Moreover, the utility best suits for all editions of Windows OS including Windows 10. If you have Mac system, then make use of Yodot Mac Photo Recovery software to restore data from SD card showing blank or unsupported error message

Precautionary Measures:

  • Do not utilize 100% storage space of your SD card, instead leave some MBs of free space in it
  • Avoid using single SD card in several (/unknown) devices
  • Keep a backup of important files saved on SD card, on system drive too

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