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SD card unexpectedly removed? This article will show you 5 solutions to solve SD card unexpectly removed issue. What's more, you can take advantage of a piece of professional memory card data recovery software - MiniTool Photo Recovery to get the lost data back. 

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SD Card Unexpectedly Removed

Have you ever encounter the “SD card unexpectedly removed. Unmount SD card before removing to avoid data loss” error message?

SD Card Unexpectedly Removed

In fact, the SD card removed unexpectedly error has perplexed many users according to a recent study.For instance, a user described his problem in forums.lenovo.com:

I'm getting SD card unexpectedly removed error on my phone for the past few days. In using a Sandisk 16GB Class 10 UHS 1. Initially, it happened when I opened Boom Beach game. But later it happened randomly and more often. There is no problem with the device because I tried a different SD card and it worked perfectly. And the SD card worked perfectly in other devices. How to solve this? Please help! forums.lenovo.com

Now, I guess you might be wondering: “how to solve this issue?” Generally, to fix the SD card keeps unmounting issue,you had better find out the cause first and then use the corresponding ways to solve it.

Why Does My Phone Keep Saying SD Card Unexpectedly Removed?

What causes the error message - SD card unexpectedly removed?The followings are the possible reasons.

  • The connection between your phone or digital camera and SD card is loose so the device cannot detect the card successfully.
  • The SD card is not formatted. In this case, you can format your SD card. However, formatting will delete all data on the SD card. Therefore, please make a proper backup before formatting.
  • The SD card is incompatible with your device. It is recommended to check the version and instructions of both the card and your phone or digital camera to see whether they are matched.
  • Your phone or digital camera is damaged. You can connect your SD card to PC to check whether it is working normally. If it works fine, then it means that there is no issue with your SD card. If not, your phone or digital camera is damaged.
  • SD card has been attacked by a virus. You can run antivirus software to scan the card and remove virus.
  • The SD card is broken after long-term use. It is time to buy a new one.
  • ...

Useful Article: Here, some users might encounter another issue-SD card cannot be read. Read this post “How Do I Fix – SD Card Cannot Be Read by PC/Phone” to find reasons and solutions.

Fixing SD Card Unexpectedly Removed Issue with Simple Steps

If your digital camera or phone keeps saying that SD card removed unexpectedly, go on reading. Below are a few solutions to fix this issue.

Solution #1. Re-insert SD Card

If your phone or digital camera keeps saying “SD card unexpectedly removed. Unmount SD card before removing to avoid data loss,” you can try reinserting it. For instance, you can follow the below steps to reinsert SD card and restart your phone:

Step 1: Turn off your phone and then remove SD card.

Step 2: If your phone comes with a removable battery, take the battery out for minutes.

Step 3: Turn on again and go to Settings>Storage to make sure the SD card is removed.

Step 4: Turn off your device again, insert SD card back to its slot.

Step 5: Now switch on to see the problem is fixed or not.

Solution #2. Unmount and Mount SD Card

Some users say that they can unmount and mount SD card from Settings option to fix this SD card keeps unmountingerror on Android smartphones.

The steps are:

Step 1: Go to Settings>Storage.

Step 2: Click on Unmount SD Card then tap OK to confirm in the pop-up that appears.

Step 3: Turn off your phone, remove the SD card and then insert it back to the device again.

Step 4: Go back toSettings >Storage.

Step 5: Click Mount SD Card button which will only appear while the card is unmounted.

Solution #3. Format SD Card

Sometimes, if the SD card is not formatted, you will receive an error message that says your SD card has been removed unexpectedly.To fix this issue, you should format your SD card. However, formatting will erase all data on the SD card. Now, what should you do if you don’t want to lose your precious photos as well as videos on SD card?

Experienced users who successfully solved this issue will do the following two things:

  1. Recover photos and videos from SD card.
  2. Format SD card to remove out the unexpectedly removed error.

Now, I guess you might be wondering:

“How to effectively recover photos and videos from SD card that says removed unexpectedly error?”

Step 1. How to Recover Photos and Videos from SD Card

MiniTool Photo Recovery, a professional memory card data recovery software, is recommended here. This professional SD card data photo recovery software is specially designed to recover lost/deleted photos and videos from different types of digital cameras and various storage devices including hard disk, SD card, USB disk, etc.Besides, it can help to recover lost data without affecting the original data because it is a read-only tool.

Now, click the following button to download this free and professional SD card recovery software.

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After downloading, you can install it on computer. After that, take the following steps to get your missing photos and videos back from SD card when you encounter the following error: “SD card unexpectedly removed. Unmount SD card before removing to avoid data loss.”

Firstly, connect SD card to PC, launch MiniTool Photo Recovery to get its main interface, and click the Start button to begin SD card data recovery.

recover lost photos from sd card

From the main window of this professional SD card photo recovery software, you will find that you can directly connect your digital camera to PC to recover lost data. For more details, please see this article: How to Recover Photos from Digital Camera Memory Card.

Secondly, select the SD card, and then click Scan button.

full scan the sd card

Note: In this window, you can make use of the Setting feature. For instance, if you only want to recover JPEG photos, you can only check JPEG Camera File (*.jpg) and JPEG Graphics file (*.jpg), and then please click on OK button to confirm this setting, as shown below.

specify needed files types

Finally, select all needed data, and then click Save button to store them.Here, if you recover photos, you can preview them before saving. It is recommended to store needed files on another drive. Otherwise, the lost data could be overwritten.

save all needed data

Note: There is a Filter button in this scan result interface. Here, you can use it to find needed files quickly. To be specific, if you want to recover pictures, you can click Filter, and then choose “*.jpg,*.gif,*.png,*.psd,*.tif” from the drop-list of By Filename/Extension, and click on OK button to save this setting.

filter helpsyou quickly find needed files

Tip: Sometimes, users will get an error message that says “You have reached the file saving limit for the selected files” while saving selected files, as shown below.

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This is because that the free edition of MiniTool Photo Recovery can only recover 200MB data. To recover all found data, you had better upgrade your copy of MiniTool Photo Recovery. (Welcome to MiniTool Photo Recovery 3.0!)

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1. MiniTool Power Data Recovery

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launch the software and enter its main interface

The above interface is the main window of this professional data recovery software. At this time, you are supposed to select the suitable data recovery module to recover data from SD card. Next, select the SD card, and then click Full Scan button. After scanning, select all needed files and then click Save button to store them on a safe place. For more details, please read this post: Look! 4 Ways to Recover Deleted Photos Windows 7/8/10.

2. MiniTool Mobile Recovery for Android

Here, if your phone keeps saying SD card unexpectedly removed, you also can try using a professional Android files recovery software - MiniTool Mobile Recovery for Android to recover lost data. This free yet professional Android data recovery tool provides Recover from SD-Card module to help you effectively restore SD card data regardless of the reasons for data loss.

minitool mobile recovery for android

In the main interface of this professional Android data recovery software, select Recover from SD-Card. Then, you will be given detailed operating prompts. Just do as told. Now, read our previous post How Can I Recover Deleted Files from SD Card Android Easily? to know more details about this professional tool.

Step 2. Format SD card

After recovering all needed data, it is time to format SD card to remove out the “SD card unexpectedly removed. Unmount SD card before removing to avoid data loss” error message. To format your SD card, you can try the following steps.

Firstly, connect your SD card to PC, and open File Explorer.

Secondly, right-click the SD card, and then choose Format to continue.

format sd card

Thirdly, specify File system, Allocation unit size, and then check Quick Format. After that, click Start button to continue. Remember, this will erase the entire drive. Hence, you should back up all needed data before doing this.

quick format

Finally, Windows warns you’ll lose any data on the drive you’re about to format. Click OK to start the format.

When it’s done, you’ll be able to access your newly formatted SD card in Windows. Now, you can reset your SD card to your phone or digital camera to check whether the SD card unexpectedly removed issue has been solved.

Tip: Sometimes, however, you cannot format your SD card, and Windows gives you a prompt saying "Windows was unable to complete the format". Generally, this error always happens on SD card or USB flash drive. Fortunately, you can find the best solution to solve this issue by reading this post: How Do I Fix "Windows Was Unable to Complete the Format" Error.

Solution #4. Factory Reset

If the SD card unexpectedly removed error still exists after formatting, you can try to factory reset the Android phone to fix the problem. But a factory reset will wipe out all data on your phone. Therefore, before factory resetting your phone, you should transfer all data from your SD card. (Please refer to solution 3 to know how to transfer data.)

Solution #5. Buy a New SD Card

If the above solutions cannot work, you might consider buying a new card to replace it.

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Conclusion

Here, we listed some solutions to fix the SD card unexpectedly removed issue. If you have the same issue, you can try them to solve your problem. If you have any other good solutions to fix the SD card keeps unmounting issue, please write them on the following comment zone, and then we will upgrade this post quickly. If you have any questions about recovering lost photos as well as videos from SD card by using MiniTool software, you can directly send us emails via [email protected]. We will solve it as soon as possible.

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