Update SD Card Driver Windows 10 to Fix SD Card not Detected Issue

SD Card Driver Windows 10” is essential software to communicate your SD Card (Hardware) you’re your Windows 10 Operating System installed in your PC/laptop. Missing, incorrect/corrupted, or outdated SD Card Driver is main reason for “SD Card not showing up Windows 10” or “SD Card not detected on Windows 10” issue.

In other words, if SD Card Driver is missing or problematic, then your computer can’t read/detect SD Card or “SD Card not detected Windows 10” issue will be occurred while trying to connect & use SD card on your computer.

Usually, “Card Reader” is used connect your SD card to computer and open the SD card on computer by simply putting your SD card into “Card Reader”, and then “Card Reader” can be easily be connected to computer in USB ports. Sometimes, “SD Card not detected Windows 10” issue occurs if “Card Reader” is not properly connected or there is no SD card in Card Reader, or hardware problem with Card Reader and/or SD card.

If SD Card (hardware) is in good condition but still you are facing problem while try to use SD card in your PC/laptop, then you are in right place for solution. Here, we are discussing on how to fix SD Card not detected Windows issue by updating SD Card Driver and/or other easy steps/methods.

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Why SD Card not showing up Windows 10?

Many users have already reported about “SD Card not detected Windows 10” issue and explained this problem usually occurs due to several reasons including SD Card corrupted, broken or damaged, hard driver issues or bad sectors, SD Card driver missing, corrupted or outdated, and malware or viruses attacks.

If you are facing the same problem, then you can at first try SD Card on another computer and check if it works. To do so, connect your SD Card to another computer using Card Reader and check if SD Card is working properly. If it works on another computer, then you need to make some modification in your computer like update SD Card Driver, enable SD Card, change drive letter in Disk Management and/or other possible changes to fix this issue. Let’s go for the solution.

How to fix SD Card not Detected Windows 10?

Method 1: How to update SD Card Driver Windows 10?

Sometimes, faculty, incorrect or outdated Card Reader driver causes ‘SD Card not showing up Windows 10’ issue. So, you can fix this problem by updating SD Card Driver.

Step 1: Press “Windows + X” keys together from keyboard and select “Device Manager”

Step 2: In the opened “Device Manager”, locate your SD Card

Step 3: Right-click on it and select “Properties”

Step 4: In the opened “Properties” window, under “Driver” tab, click on “Update Driver”

Step 5: In next window, select “Search automatically for updated driver software” and follow on-screen instructions to finish the installation process.

Method 2: Reinstall Universal Serial Bus Controllers Driver

Step 1: Open “Device Manager” and expand “Universal Serial Bus Controllers” category

Step 2: Right-click on first Universal Serial Bus Controllers Driver and select “Uninstall”

Step 3: Follow on-screen instructions to finish the uninstall process

Step 4: Similarly, uninstall rest Universal Serial Bus Controllers driver using ‘step 2 to step 3’

Step 5: After that, restart your computer, the Universal Serial Bus Controllers Driver will get automatically installed on your Windows 10.

Method 3: Check SD Card and Change the ‘Drive Letter’ in ‘Disk Management’

If SD Card is not showing up in Windows 10 File System, then you can check if it is showing “Disk Management”, and fix the issue by changing the drive letter.

Step 1: Right-click on “This PC”, “My Computer” or “Computer” icon on desktop and select “Manage”

Step 2: In the opened “Computer Management” window, select “Disk Management” in left pane

Step 3: In the “Disk Management” window, check the drive letter of your SD card appeared as removable disk.

Step 4: If your SD Card is not appearing with drive letter like ‘D’ or ‘E’, then you need to change Drive Letter paths. To do so, right-click on your SD card and select “Change Drive Letter and Paths”

Step 5: Click on “Add” and choose a drive letter like ‘D’, and then hit “Ok” button. This way, your SD card will be appeared in “File Explorer” along with local disks.

Method 4: Run “Hardware and Devices” troubleshooter

Step 1: Press “Windows + I” keys together from keyboard to open “Settings” App in your Windows 10

Step 2: In the opened “Settings” App, go to “Update & Security > Troubleshooter”

Step 3: Select “Hardware and Devices” and then click on “Run the troubleshooter” button

Step 4: This will automatically detect the problem and will fix the issue. Once done, please check if the trouble is resolved.

Method 5: How to Enable SD Card Reader?

Step 1: Open “Device Manager”

Step 2: Locate your SD Card Reader

Step 3: Right-click on it and select “Disable Device”

Step 4: After few seconds, right-click on your SD Card Reader again and select “Enable Device”. This way, your SD card will be showed in “File Explorer”.

Method 6: Remove SD Card White Protection

Note that “SD Card with White Protection” will not be displayed on other computer expect the original one. So, in this case you need to remove ‘White Protection’ from your SD card that could help you to unlock your SD Card and make accessible by any computer. You can use “Disk Utility” to remove ‘White Protection’ and hence, this way, you can fix SD card not detected Windows 10 issue.

Method 7: Use powerful Data Recovery software

To recovery files or data stored in your damaged/problematic SD card, you can use some powerful data recovery software that could allow you to restore/recover all types of files stored in your SD card. Note that ‘Backup’ is best ways to recover files that was stored in corrupted SD card. This type of data recovery software will also be helpful if you want to format of SD Card or computer.

Method 8: Scan the PC for malware or viruses

Malware or viruses attack can cause several issues in your computer like SD Card not detected Windows 10 issue. In this case, you need to perform ‘Full System Scan’ for malware or viruses to remove all types of infections from machine. Once done, please check if “SD Card not showing up Windows 10” problem is resolved.


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