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Fix New SD Card Not Recognized in Windows 10

Having trouble getting your new SD card to be recognized in Windows 10? Let’s troubleshoot the issue together.

Reinstall SD Card Reader Driver

If your new SD card is not being recognized by Windows 10, you may need to reinstall the SD card reader driver. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Press the Windows key + X on your keyboard and select Device Manager from the menu that appears.

2. Locate the SD card reader in the Device Manager window. It may be listed under “Disk drives” or “Universal Serial Bus controllers.”

3. Right-click on the SD card reader and select “Uninstall device.”

4. Restart your computer to allow Windows to reinstall the SD card reader driver automatically.

If the SD card reader is still not recognized after restarting your computer, you may need to manually install the driver. Visit the manufacturer’s website to download the latest driver for your SD card reader and follow the installation instructions provided.

By reinstalling the SD card reader driver, you can resolve issues with Windows 10 not recognizing a new SD card.

Assign a New Drive Letter

Drive letter selection screen

  • Right-click on Start and select Disk Management.
  • Locate your SD card which is labeled as Unknown or Not Initialized.
  • Right-click on the SD card and select Change Drive Letter and Paths.
  • Click on Add and assign a new drive letter to the SD card.
  • Click OK to apply the changes.


Why is my brand new SD card not detected?

Your brand new SD card may not be detected due to various reasons such as dirty or damaged contacts, file system errors, incompatible format, outdated firmware, bent pins, physical damage, or if it is a counterfeit SD card.

Why isn’t my phone detecting my SD card?

Your phone may not be detecting your SD card due to issues such as a glitch, improper mounting, or driver problems. Try rebooting your phone, unmounting and remounting the SD card, or updating the SD card driver. If the issue persists, consider using professional photo recovery software to retrieve lost photos from the SD card.

Why my computer Cannot detect SD card?

My computer cannot detect the SD card. Troubleshoot the issue by checking hardware connections like the card reader and USB cable first. If those are fine, move on to software fixes like rebooting, updating drivers, assigning a drive letter, or formatting the SD card.

How do I fix my SD card not showing up?

To fix an SD card not showing up, try turning off your device, removing the SD card, cleaning it, reinserting it, and then turning the device back on to see if the card is detected.

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