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.
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".
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
You do not have permission to access the 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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Step 1. Open AnyRecover and choose “External Device Recovery” option.
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.
Step 3. Select the type of file you wish to restore and click “Scan”.
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.
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.
Note: Avoid saving the files at the initial location where you lost them.
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”.
Step 4. Check all the boxes in the “Allow” column and click “OK”, then enter “Apply” to gain permission to the 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.
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.
By Alva Doris , to External Device Recovery
Posted on Oct 25, 2019 ( Updated: May 27, 2020 )