How to Encrypt/Decrypt an SD Card [2020 Updated]

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"Recently, I factory reset my SD card, and finally found it can’t be read and I was unable to access data on it. I have thousands of pictures in it that I can’t afford to lose. How can I retrieve them back?"

In this case, what is going on is that the SD card has been encrypted. In case you experience the same and have no idea what to do, here we’ll explain to you everything about encryption and decryption of SD card, as well as how to recover data from SD card.

What is an Encrypted SD Card?

Have you ever known the basic meaning of an encrypted SD card? Let me explain here. It means that the SD card data are protected and there is nobody who gets the access of your stored file until you provide the right password. Meanwhile, it seems very easy to encrypt the folder and driver while using the PC. Also, you can encrypt SD card through your mobile phone, but your Android driver must have the feature for use.

How to Encrypt an SD Card on Windows 10?

Basically, the SD card and flash drives are convenient tools that are specifically used to store and transfer the informative data. Well, there is a security risk occur and thus the need for encrypting SD card arises. Some basic steps are as follow:

Step 1: Plug-in your SD drive into PC and click on "Open folder to view files".

open folder to view files

Step 2: Select the desired file from Ribbon.

Step 3: Click on the manage tab and turn on the BitLocker.

turn on bitlocker

Step 4: A popping up message will appear, you need to put the password twice to unlock the drive.

use a password to unlock the drive

Step 5: Select the option for saving the recovery key (in case, you forget the password, go for the SD card access).

Step 6: Choose your current Microsoft account and click on "Next".

Step 7: Now select one option from “Encrypt entire drive” or “encrypt used disk space only”.

how much of the drive to encrypt

Step 8: Check the compatible mode and then click the “Next” tab.

Step 9: In the end, click on "Start Encrypting" option.

How to Decrypt an SD Card?

If you forget the password of your encrypted SD card, you can’t access the data on it. The best way to decrypt an SD card is to use Diskpart Utility.

Steps to Remove SD Card Encryption with Diskpart Utility

Step 1: Open the Start-up menu and in the run box type “cmd”.

Step 2: Click on “Enter” key for opening the window of the command prompt.

Step 3: Type the “diskpart” inside the command prompt and click on “Enter”.

Step 4: Select the “disk drive h” (h is the disk number of the encrypted SD card).

Step 5: Click on “clean all” option and in the end click on “Enter”.

Diskpart utility will decrypt the SD card and erase all data on it. If you have some important files stored in it and didn’t back up, here we recommend you turn to the powerful data recovery software - AnyRecover for assistance.

How to Recover Data from SD Card after Decryption?

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Steps to Recover Data from SD Card with AnyRecover

Step 1. Install the AnyRecover in your PC. Connect the SD card to your PC before starting the recovery process, then select the SD card under “External Removable Devices" tab.

select location external device

Step 2. After selecting the location, hit “Start” button to start scanning process. AnyRecover will take a few minutes for scanning.

start scan

Step 3. A list of files will be displayed once the scanning process is completed. Preview the file and click on “Recover”, so the process of recovering SD card can easily be fulfilled.

scanned files preview


SD card is one of the best digital devices for storing and transferring files. To protect your personal data security and valuable files from leakage, it is important to encrypt the SD card. However, if you forgot the encryption password, there are solutions to decrypt it. We also mentioned a recommended tool - iMyFone AnyRecover for recovering lost data in case you encounter unexpected data loss.

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By  Alva Doris , to External Device Recovery

Posted on Jul 25, 2019  ( Updated: Jul 27, 2020 )

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