Have you ever encountered the situation where photos on SD card are not showing on computer when you are transferring photos from your SD card on to your computer? How can we fix this issue? Don't worry. You will find the solutions in this post. After reading this post, you will know how to effectively solve photos on SD card not showing on computer issue with ease.
Quick Navigation :
- I Can View Photos on My SD Card on the Camera but Not on the Computer
- Way 1. Try Using a Different Card Reader
- Way 2. Enable Hidden Files in Your SD Card
- Way 3. Remove Write Protection from SD Card
- Way 4. Remove Virus or Malware to Fix SD Card Not Showing up Issue
- Way 5. Update SD Card Driver
- Way 6. Use Disk Management to Make SD Card Show up
- Way 7. Format the SD Card Whose Photos Are Not Showing in PC
- User Comments
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?
Photos on SD card are not showing on computer is a very common question. If we browse forums and websites, we can find many users who have encountered this exact same issue.
Many computer users may want to know how they can effectively solve the issue of SD card not showing files on PC problem. They may also want to recover pictures on SD card that are not showing on computer as well.
As we know, this issue may be caused by various reasons such as bad card reader, virus invasion, hidden file, and many more. However, if our PC cannot recognize this card, we cannot view its files in File Manage. Now, this post may teach you ways to solve "SD card is not showing pictures on PC" issue.
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 the pictures appear in files, then there should be some problems with the previous 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.
Step 1: Click Start button.
Step 2: Type control panel in the search box.
Step 3: Switch the view to Category.
Step 4: Click Appearance and Personalization.
Step 5: Choose Show hidden files and folders in Folder Options.
Step 6: Check Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
Step 7: 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.
Step 1: Press Start button.
Step 2: Go to Accessories.
Step 3: Right-click Command Prompt, and choose Run as administrator.
Step 4: Type diskpart and press Enter.
Step 5: Type list disk and press Enter.
Step 6: 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.)
Step 7: Type attributes disk clear readonly and press Enter.
Step 8: Type Exit and press Enter to leave this.
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.
Step 1: Click Start button.
Step 2: Search command or cmd.
Step 3: Right-click or tap the Command Prompt search result, and choose Run as administrator.
Step 4: Type diskpart and press Enter.
Step 5: Type attrib -h -r -s /s /d drive letter:\*.*( for example,attrib -h -r -s /s /d k:\*.*) and press Enter.
Step 6: Finally, type Exit.
After that, you can check your SD card. If you still cannot find your photos, then I can recommend you a professional photo recovery software which can recover the pictures not showing on computer.
Now, I guess you might be wondering:
"How to recover SD card pictures not showing in computer?"
MiniTool Photo Recovery, developed by MiniTool Software 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.
Top recommendation: Read our previous post "How to Recover Photos from Digital Camera Memory Card" to know more information about this professional photo recovery software.
Step 1: Launch MiniTool Photo Recovery, and clickStart button on the main interface of this professional photo recovery software to start your photo recovery journey.
Step 2: Select the SD card, and then click Scan button at the bottom right.
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.
Step 3: Preview photos, check all needed photos and save them on a safe place. It may be better for you to store needed photos on another drive.
Watch the following video to know more information about photo recovery and this professional photo recovery software.
Thus, all work has been done.
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Way 5. Update SD Card Driver
Step 1: Hold the Windows key as well as the R key to open the Run dialog box.
Step 2: Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter key.
Step 3: Click Disk drives.
Step 4: Right-click your SD card, and choose Uninstall and click OK button.
Step 5: 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.
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.)
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".
Step 1: Recover SD card pictures not showing in computer
1) Click Start button on the main interface of MiniTool Photo Recovery.
2) Scan the SD card. (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.)
3) Save all needed files. (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.)
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.
1) Connect memory card to PC.
2) Download and install MiniTool Partition Wizard on computer.
3) Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard to get its main interface.
4) Select the SD card, and then click Format Partition feature from the left panel.
5) Set partition label,file system and cluster size for the SD card and click OK.
6) Click Apply button on the top to apply the change.
Top recommendation: SD Card Formatter | How Do I Format SD Card Quickly.
Like these ways?
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", it is better to recover missing pictures from SD card in advance. And, MiniTool Photo Recovery, a read-only and easy-to-use photo recovery software, is a fantastic option for you.
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