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How Do I Solve - Photos on SD Card Not Showing on Computer

I Can View Photos on My SD Card on the Camera but Not on the Computer

Q: Hello! I need help. I visited China last month and took lots of beautiful photos. However, when I connected the SD card to computer to copy some photos, I could not find these photos. In this case, what should I do?

In general, photos on SD card not showing on computer is a common question. If we browse forums and websites, we will find many users have encountered this issue.

Now, I guess many users want to know how to effectively solve the issue of SD card not showing files in PC, or at least whether they can recover pictures on SD card not showing on computer.

As we know, this issue may be caused by various reasons such as bad card reader, virus invasion, hidden file, and so on. Besides, if our PC cannot recognize this card, we also cannot view its files in File Manage. Now, read this post to try out these ways to solve "SD card is not showing pictures on PC".

Way 1. Try Using a Different Card Reader

If you can view photos on SD card on the camera but not on the computer, you can try using another card reader and see if you are able to see the pictures on computer. If you can see, there are some issues with the card reader. If not, try the following solutions.

Way 2. Enable Hidden Files in Your SD Card

Sometimes, photos and other files on your SD card will be hidden, thus you cannot see them in your computer. Now, you can try the following steps to unhide the hidden files on your memory card.

  • Click Start button.
  • Type control panel in the search box.
  • Switch the view to Category.
  • Click Appearance and Personalization.
  • Choose Show hidden files and folders in Folder Options.

    Show hidden files and folder

  • Check Show hidden files, folders, and drives.

    show hidden files and then apply

  • Finally, click Apply button.

Way 3. Remove Write Protection from SD Card

As we know, if your SD card is write protected, you cannot see its files in PC.

a) You firstly should check the card for a physical lock. Many SD cards, as well as USB drives, have physical lock switch that turns on write protection. So, make sure that the drive does not have this lock enabled.
b) Sometimes, if your SD card is stuck in Read Only mode, you can fix its attributes using the Command Prompt.

  • Press Start button.
  • Go to Accessories.
  • Right-click Command Prompt, and choose Run as administrator.
  • Type diskpart and press Enter.
  • Type list disk and press Enter.
  • Type select disk X and press Enter. (Replace X with the number from the first column in the list for the SD card you want to perform commands for.)
  • Type attributes disk clear readonly and press Enter.

    attributes disk clear readonly

  • Type Exit and press Enter to leave this.

Note: Watch the Following Video to Know More Ways to Disable Write Protection

If you still cannot see SD card photos on PC after trying the above 3 solutions, your SD card might not be recognized by File Manager. Now, try the following solutions to make computer recognize this card, thus you can see SD card pictures in PC.

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Way 4. Remove Virus or Malware to Fix SD Card Not Showing up Issue

If you get a virus on your SD card, your SD card may be hidden. Now, you can try using CMD (command prompt) to fix this issue.

  • Click Start button.
  • Search command or cmd.
  • Right-click or tap the Command Prompt search result, and choose Run as administrator.
  • Type diskpart and press Enter.
  • Type attrib -h -r -s /s /d drive letter:\*.*( for example, attrib -h -r -s /s /d k:\*.* )and press Enter.

    attrib -h -r -s s d k

  • Finally, type Exit.

After that, you can check your SD card. If you still cannot find photos, you are recommended to recover SD card pictures not showing in computer with a professional photo recovery software.

Now, I guess you might be wondering:
"How to recover SD card pictures not showing in computer?"

MiniTool Photo Recovery, developed by MiniTool Solution Ltd., is recommended here. MiniTool Photo Recovery, a read-only and easy-to-use photo recovery software, is specialized in recovering deleted photos, pictures and images. By using this professional photo recovery software, you can effectively recover lost photos within 3 steps. In addition to SD card photo recovery, it also can recover files from different types of digital cameras and various storage devices including hard disk, USB disk, etc.

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Note: Before recovering SD card photos not showing in computer, you should download MiniTool Photo Recovery from its official website, install it on computer, and connect your SD card to PC.

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Step 1: launch MiniTool Photo Recovery, and click Start button on the main interface of this professional photo recovery software to start photo recovery.

start

Step 2: select the SD card, and then click Scan button at the bottom right.

scan

Note: in this window, you can use the Setting feature to specify needed files before scanning. For instance, if you only want to recover JPG, PNG and BMP pictures, you can choose JPEG Camera File (*.jpg), JPEG Graphics file (*.jpg), PNG Image(*.png), and Bitmap Image (*.bmp), as shown below.

setting

Step 3: preview photos, check all needed photos and save them on a safe place. You had better store needed photos on another drive.

preview

save

Watch the following video to know more information about photo recovery and this professional photo recovery software.

Note: The unregistered MiniTool Photo Recovery can only recover 200MB files. If you want to recover more, you should choose the paid edition.

Thus, all work has been done.

Way 5. Update SD Card Driver

  • Hold the Windows key as well as the R key to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter key.
  • Click Disk drives.
  • Right-click your SD card, and choose Uninstall and click OK button.

    uninstall

  • Then, right–click another drive (for example, here, we can right-click WDC WD5000AAKX-22ERMA0 ATA Device), and then choose Scan for hardware changes to refresh the drives.

    scan for hardware changes

Way 6. Use Disk Management to Make SD Card Show up

If you still cannot see your SD card as well as its files, you might try to run Disk Management tool to make it to show up in PC and run CHKDSK command to fix internal errors.

The following steps provide details on making SD card show up.

Step 1: Right-click My Computer or This PC.
Step 2: Click Manage.
Step 3: Click Disk Management and then find the device in the drive viewer.
Step 4: Press Win + R.
Step 5: Type cmd and hit Enter.
Step 6: Type chkdsk Drive Letter: / F and hit Enter. (For instance, we type chkdsk K:/F.)

chkdsk X

Step 7: Type Exit and press Enter.

Way 7. Format the SD Card Whose Photos Are Not Showing in PC

Here, if all the previous approaches don't work, you can try formatting this SD card to solve "SD card is not showing pictures on PC".

Note: formatting will delete all files on this SD card. Therefore, before you format SD card on computer, you should find a way to recover missing photos. Now, don't worry, MiniTool Photo Recovery, a read-only professional photo recovery software can help you easily and quickly recover pictures on SD card not showing on computer.

Step 1: Recover SD card pictures not showing in computer

  • Click Start button on the main interface of MiniTool Photo Recovery.
  • Scan the SD card.

    Note: If you have scanned this card, you can directly select the Previous Recovery Result and then click Load button to directly load the scanning results.

    previous recovery result

  • Save all needed files.

    Tip: if a lot of found files are listed in this window, you can use the Filter feature to quickly find needed files. To be specific, you can choose *.jpg,*.gif,*.png,*.psd,*.tif from the drop-list of By Filename/Extension, and then click OK button, since you only want to recover pictures.

    filter

After saving all needed files, you can format this SD card.

Step 2: Format SD card

When it comes to formatting hard drive, you can try using a professional and free partitioning tool, MiniTool Partition Wizard.

  • Connect memory card to PC.
  • Download and install MiniTool Partition Wizard on computer.

  • Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard to get its main interface.
  • Select the SD card, and then click Format Partition feature from the left panel.
  • Set partition label, file system and cluster size for the SD card and click OK.
  • Click Apply button on the top to apply the change.

format partition

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Sometimes, Mac users want to know how to solve this issue - pictures on SD card not showing on Mac. And, most of them really want to know whether they can recover lost SD card picture from Mac. Now, the good news is that MiniTool Mac Photo Recovery can help Mac users recover lost photos with ease, for this read-only tool not only offers excellent performance but also provides simple operation. Thus, even our grandmother can easily handle this tool to get lost photos back. Want to know more details about how to recover missing pictures from SD card on Mac? You can read this post "See! I Can Free Recover Mac Photos with Ease" to find more information. After recovering pictures, you can format this card to fix the "SD card is not showing pictures on Mac".

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Conclusion

What should you do if you can view photos on your SD card on the camera but not on the computer? Now, you can find some different solutions to solve the issue of photos on SD card not showing on computer by reading this post.

Here, I want to emphasize: if you are worrying about photo loss forever during the process of fixing "SD card is not showing pictures on PC", you had better recover missing pictures from SD card in advance. And, MiniTool Photo Recovery, a read-only and easy-to-use photo recovery software, is a good option for you.

If you have any other ways to fix the issue of SD card not showing files in PC, please share it with everyone in the comments below. Thanks in advance!

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