How Fix SD card That Does Not Show Any Files?

Updated on September 9, 2020

SD card showing as blank or unsupported file system inspite of containing files in it? Resolve this issue and retrieve all your files from blank SD card using Remo Recover software. Download the software for free and retrieve all your data from the SD card that is showing empty, in few easy steps.


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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 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 Blank?

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 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.

Can I Perform Data Recovery When SD Card Says Empty

When your SD card says blank, 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 blank 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 blank or has unsupported file system error. With its advanced scanning techniques, this wizard can quickly perform blank 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:

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

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 latest Windows version including Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008.  Remo Recover provides a trial version to check efficiency of the software so that you can make your mind before buying the licensed version.  It comes with simplified user friendly interface to assist technical as well as non-technical user in recovering photos from SD card that is blank 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 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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