[4 Easy Ways] Fix "SD Card Access Denied" Error & Recover Data

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Please, I need some help with my SD card. When I insert my 8gb SD card into a card reader, it displays "SD card access denied" or something like that even when I try it on any device; I still can't access it. How can I fix this problem?

Can't access your SD card? This is very common. There are quite a lot of reasons why your SD may become inaccessible. Your SD card might be working just fine, and all of a sudden, you get the "SD card access denied" or similar error message when trying to access it. In this article, you'll know some of the reasons why this happens and how to fix SD card access error and access your SD card normally.

1SD Card Says "F:/ is not Accessible, Access is Denied"

Get this or any similar error message on your PC when trying to access your SD card? this means that you no longer have access to the SD card for several reasons when there is an error in your SD card, you may notice the following symptoms:

  • Unable to open, copy or read any file on the SD card.

  • A warning message indicating "access is denied".

access is denied

Reasons for This Error

There are various reasons why an SD card may become inaccessible, but the most common are:

  • Bad sectors on the micro SD card

  • Corrupted SD card

  • Physical damage on the SD card

  • Virus infection

  • You do not have permission to access the SD card

2How to Fix "SD Card Access Denied " Error

1Recover Data from Inaccessible SD Card

One of the best ways to fix "SD card access denied" error is to retrieve the files on the SD card. You can do so using AnyRecover. AnyRecover is a great file recovery software that restores lost or damaged files from any device including your SD card and any other storage media. It practically restores all data from any storage media easily without any alterations.


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Steps to Recover Data from Inaccessible SD Card with AnyRecover

Step 1. Open AnyRecover and choose “External Device  Recovery” option.

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Step 2. Then connect your SD card ( or any other external device) to the computer. Click "Next" and choose the disk you want to recover from.

connect to computer

Step 3. Select the type of file you wish to restore and click “Scan”.

select external file type

Step 4. AnyRecover will scan the drive and show all the files then preview and select the exact files you want to retrieve by hitting the "Recover" button.

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Step 5. Start the process again using the "All-Round Recovery" mode if you still don't find your files. After this step, all your files will be recovered. This process takes just minutes.

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2Gain Permission to Inaccessible SD Card

Another way to solve the annoying "SD card Access Denied" problem is to gain permission to the inaccessible SD card. One of the reasons why you may have the "SD card Access Denied" error may be because you do not have permission to access the SD card.

Step 1. Right-click on the SD card disk.

Step 2. Go to "Security", click  “Advanced” and go to “Owner” tab.

Step 3. Click on “Edit”, enter your username under “Group or Username”.

group or user name

Step 4. Check all the boxes in the “Allow” column and click “OK”, then enter “Apply” to gain permission to the SD card.

allow permission for local disk

3Run CHKDSK to Repair the Inaccessible SD Card

You can also eliminate "SD card Access  Denied " error by running CHKDSK on your system.

Step 1. Open a command prompt and type: CHKDSK/f c: (replace c with the drive letter of your SD card).

Step 2. Press "Enter" to let the process run.

Step 3. Then type “Exit” and hit “Enter” to finish the process.

This will check and fix the "SD Card Access Denied" error.

4Format the Inaccessible SD Card

You might also want to try to format the SD card using CMD command prompt, through your Android phone or any other way. You only have to ensure you format the SD card to a proper file system so it can work correctly after formatting. The only downside is that formatting your SD card will wipe off all the files on the SD card. You can also use the AnyRecover file recovery tool to recover your files from the formatted SD card.


Nobody likes to see the "SD card Access Denied" error message when trying to access the SD card. But using the above methods, you can easily fix the issue on your SD card and have it work normally again. We hope this helps.

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By  Alva Doris , to External Device Recovery

Updated on Dec 02, 2020

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