How to Fix SD Card Unexpectedly Removed Error and Recover Data?

This page gives a solution to a question 'why does my camera or phone keep saying SD card unexpectedly removed' error and how to fix it after recovering the data using Remo Recover software. Download the Remo SD Card Recovery tool to recover your data from a faulty SD card and preview the recoevred files for free. Download now!!!


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“When viewing photos in my phone or when listening to songs, I get an error ‘SD card removed unexpectedly’ multiple times. I am not sure why this is happening? I would appreciate any help regarding this issue. Thanks in advance!

We understand how annoying this issue can be and are to help you! But before we move onto the solution, it is important to understand the reasons for the error. The error mainly occurs due to:

  • Connectivity issues between your phone and the SD card
  • SD is corrupted or damaged
  • SD is not properly formatted
  • Virus attacks

Solutions to resolve ‘SD removed unexpectedly error’

To resolve the error, let us first try some basic solutions such as re-inserting the card and mounting it. Just follow along with the steps.

Solution 1: Remove the SD card and re-insert it

Switch OFF your phone and remove the SD card from it. Then reinsert the card and switch ON your phone. If the error occurred because the card was not properly inserted, it will likely be resolved once you re-insert it.

Solution 2: Mount SD card

Once the SD card is properly inserted, you can unmount the device and re-mount it.

  • Go to Settings on your phone and select Storage
  • Click on Unmount storage
  • Then restart your phone and again go to Settings > Storage
  • Click on Mount SD card

If these steps don’t help, your card is probably corrupt and needs formatting. Formatting will help resolve the issue in most cases. To recover data from the card that is corrupted, you can make use of specialized data recovery tools.

Remo SD card recovery is a great tool to recover data from corrupted or damaged SD cards. It performs a deep scan of the device and recovers all data and partitions. The unique thing about the software is that it uses a read only mechanism, so your data and partitions maintain the original structure and content after recovery.

Special features of Remo Recover software:

  • All kinds of files such as photos, videos and other media files can be recovered using the software. A myriad of photo formats such as JPEG, JPG, PNG, BMP, PSD etc. and video files such as MP4, AVI, MOV, MPEG etc. are supported.
  • Also supports recovery of RAW images such as CR2, CRW, NEF etc.
  • The software can also be used to unformat SD card.
  • The software is multi-device friendly, meaning it can be used to recover data from other storage devices such as USB flash drives, external hard drives in addition to SD cards
  • All types of memory cards such as SD, CF, XD cards are all supported. The software is designed to be compatible with all popular brands such as Kingston, SanDisk, and Transcend etc.
  • Supports all recent versions of Windows including Windows 10.

Steps to recover data from unexpectedly removed SD card

Step 1: After installing the trial edition of Remo Recover software on your computer, run the application. Now, connect the SD card to the system via card reader and select “Recover Files” option from main screen. Then, choose the SD card from the list of available drives in the system, and clicck Scan button

SD Card Shows Empty - Main Screen

Figure A: Main Screen

Step 2: The tool now scans the SD card to extract all its files. Once it completes the scanning and recovery process, it displays the recovered files in Data View, and File Type View

My SD Card Shows Empty - Recovered Data View

Figure B: Recovered Data View

Step 3: Prior saving the recovered files, you can preview the recovered files one by one by right-clicking on the respective file, and choosing Preview option

SD Card Shows Up Empty - Preview Recovered Data

Figure C: Preview Recovered Data

Step 4: After previewing all the recoverable files, and if you are happy with the recovery results, you can activate the software to save the recovered files

Micro SD Card Shows Empty - Save Recoverable Data

Figure D: Save Recovered Data


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