How Fix SD card That Does Not Show Any Files?

Updated on July 2, 2021

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“I have a 32 GB SD card in my phone which contains more than 6 GB data, but it is showing blank. I am not able to access any files from my SD card. I tried all possible methods like inserted my SD card to other phone and even PC, but the SD card still says the folder is empty. The data on the SD card is very essential to me, does anyone know what to do when the SD card shows empty and how to restore lost data?”

Blank SD card issue is one of the common errors faced by SD card users and the usual reason behind this problem could be a corruption of the SD card. However, by following the right procedure you can recover files from SD that shows empty.To understand more about how to recover files from dead Micro SD card when it says blank, continue reading the complete article.

Why are Files in My SD Card Not Showing?

Following are some of the scenarios that may corrupt your SD card and make it display SD card empty error message on your device:

  • SD card file system corrupt: Sometimes, due to improper operation, the file system of the SD card might get corrupted and hence could show SD card blank error. As a result all the data stored on it may become inaccessible.
  • Virus attack: Even though the SD card is full, when you try to open it, it shows empty. This mainly occurs if the memory card is severely infected by viruses or other malware applications.
  • Bad sectors:SD card containing bad sectors could damage the data on the card. This accumulation of bad sectors is also one of the main reasons why you can’t find files on SD card

How To Fix An SD Card That Says It’s Empty?

Note: Before heading to the troubleshooting methods below, take a backup of your important files and proceed further.

To fix an SD card that says it’s empty there are two manual methods

Run Attrib Command

In order to fix and unhide files from the SD card that shows empty run the command as mentioned below.

  • Connect your SD card to the computer
  • In the search box type Cmd
  • Right-click on the Command prompt and choose Run as Administrator
  • Type the following command attrib -h -r -s /s /d f:\*.* (Where f is the drive name assigned to the sd card)
  • In most cases, you will be able to unhide the files from the SD card and access the files after running the above command. But if your SD is not showing files despite trying the above fix, chances are that the SD card is severely corrupted.

    Run Check Disk Tool in File Explorer

    If you are wondering how to find files that are not showing on your SD card, don’t worry. First, try to fix the SD card shows empty error using check disk tool in File Explorer

    • To run the check disk tool in File Explorer, Double click on the file explorer and locate your SD card.
    • Now right click on your SD card, select Properties > then click on Tools.
    • Now click on the Check option and, then click on Start.
    • This will automatically fix any file system error on the SD card.

    The above methods will help you repair an SD card that shows empty. Despite following troubleshooting steps, if you are still unable to fix the SD card shows empty then move to the next section.

    Can I Perform Data Recovery When SD Card Says Empty

    When your SD card says Empty, it does not mean that the files stored on it are lost forever. As long as the missing data is not overwritten with any other files and the memory card is not physically damaged, you can definitely recover files from a empty micro SD card. However, the only way to do so is by using a trusted data recovery software.

    Remo Recover Software to recover data from SD card showing empty:

    Remo Recover is considered to be the perfect solution to recover deleted files from SD card, when the SD card is empty or has unsupported file system error. With its advanced scanning techniques, this wizard can quickly perform empty SD card fix and get back complete data that is lost or deleted from your SD card. Additionally, you can utilize this application to recover files from SD card that is damaged, broken, formatted or unreadable due to any reasons.


    How do I Recover SD Card That Is Showing Empty:

    To recover files from an SD card that is showing empty, follow the steps mentioned below.

    Step 1: Download and install Remo Recover software on your computer and run the software. Now, connect the SD card to the system via the card reader.

    Step 2: Select the Recover Partition option from the main screen. Then, choose the SD card from the list of available drives in the system, and click Scan button

    select recover partition to recover files from SD card shows empty

    Step 3: The tool now scans the SD card to extract all its files. Once it completes the scanning process, it displays the recovered files in Data View, and File Type View

    recovered files will be in data view and file type view

    Note: Prior to saving the recovered files, you can preview the recovered files one by one by double-clicking on the respective file.

    preview the recovered files

    Step 4: Now click on the Save option to save the recovered files from the an empty SD card to the desired location.

    Other useful features of Remo Recover tool:

    Supports various file formats like PNG, JPG, TIGG, BMP, GIF, PIC, etc. and RAW pictures such as NEF, ORF, PEF, SR2, CR2, CRW, etc. and also video and audio files like AIFF, WAV, 3GP, XVID, DIVX, M4V, AVI, MOV, MP4, MP3, and many more.

    This program is compatible to work on devices running the latest Windows version including Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008.

    Remo Recover comes with simplified user friendly interface to assist technical as well as non-technical users in recovering photos from SD card that is empty and if you need any help while installing/running the utility you can always contact the technical support team which is available 24*7.


    The Fix mentioned in the above article will certainly help you fix damaged SD card and access files from it. However, if you are unable to get back the files always go for the best method that is by using Remo Recover to recover the data. This tool also helps you to restore files from formatted memory card on both Mac and Windows running computers.


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