If your SD card keeps disconnecting, it’s next to unusable. The simple act of copying files becomes dangerous, as each time the SD card unmounts itself, your data is put at risk of being corrupted due to an incomplete transfer.
SD cards and microSD cards alike can suffer from this issue. As frustrating as it is, there are solutions available you can implement. If your SD card keeps unmounting, this article will show you what may be causing it and how to fix it.
Why Does My SD Card Keep Unmounting?
To get to the bottom of why your SD card randomly unmounts, let’s first look at some common reasons why this issue starts to occur:
- 💀 Faulty SD card – Erratic performance, such as inconsistent mounting, is often associated with faulty SD cards. Even if it’s brand new, there’s always a chance the SD card has slipped through quality assurance.
- ❌ Incompatibility – Be sure that you’re using the correct SD card for your device. For example, a Nintendo Switch has a list of supported microSD cards that can be used with it. Others aren’t guaranteed to work.
- 💥 Hardware fault – Damage to the SD card or SD card tray can prevent a consistent connection. Ensure the SD card tray is flush with the device once it’s inserted. The SD card shouldn’t have any wiggle room once it’s in.
- 😷 Corruption – If your SD card disconnects when copying, it could lead to the file system or your data becoming corrupted, resulting in further complications.
Of course, it could also be that your SD card is nearing the end of its lifespan. The SD Association estimates that SD cards have a lifespan of around 10 years, but this varies based on the quality of the card and how much usage it has seen.
How to Recover Data from an SD Card That Randomly Unmounts
In order to ensure the safety of your data when your SD card keeps unmounting, you should first recover what data remains before implementing any solutions. Attempting to fix the issue first could result in permanent data loss if you’re not careful.
Using Disk Drill, we’re going to show you how you can create a byte-to-byte image copy of your SD card, as well as how you can recover data from that image to avoid compromising the integrity of the original data.
Follow these steps to get your data back using Disk Drill:
How to Fix an SD Card That Keeps Disconnecting
Now that your data is backed up for safekeeping, try these solutions to fix your SD card that disappears.
Insert SD Card in Another Device
The first step you should take is to try the SD card with another device. Doing so allows you to isolate the problem For instance if your microSD card keeps unmounting in your Android device, inserting it into another device will determine where the fault resides. If it works in the other device, then there’s something wrong with your device. If the problem persists, then the issue sits with the microSD card.
If you’ve done this and the problem persists, move on to the next method.
Check the Compatibility Between the SD Card and the Device
When you use an incompatible SD card with your device, it may function erratically. Continuous disconnections are one way for this to manifest. For example, microSD and microSDHC cards are considered compatible with Nintendo 3DS consoles, whereas SDXC and microSDXC are not.
Refer to your device’s manual for the exact specifications your SD card should have in order to function properly.
Unmount and Remount the Card
If your Android SD card keeps unmounting, remounting may be able to break a software-related loop that is causing it to continuously disconnect and re-connect. It also gives you a chance to inspect and clean the card and card slot.
The below instructions will guide you through unmounting and remounting an SD card on an Android device:
Format the SD Card
Formatting is a solution that fixes a range of problems associated with most storage devices. It involves refreshing the file system of your SD card, clearing away any potential issues and corruption associated with it. It’s basically a reset for your SD card.
This process deletes all contents on the SD card at the time. Therefore, before proceeding, make sure you have recovered the data from your card to ensure it’s not lost.
Format on PC
Windows gives you many ways you get to format your SD card. The below instructions will guide you through formatting your SD card using Disk Management.
Format on Android
The exact process to format an SD card on Android will look different based on the device and Android version. Therefore, the below instructions should be treated as a guideline. If you get confused, look for the exact instructions according to your device model.
Factory Reset the Device
If you’re still thinking “I don’t understand why my SD card keeps unmounting” at this point, you should consider factory resetting the device. For instance, if your GoPro is showing an SD card error, resetting it to factory settings may remedy the issue. Of course, this should only be done once you’ve proven that the issue is with the device and not the SD card (as resetting the device if the SD card is the problem would be pointless).
As every device is different, consult the manual included with the purchase of your device for exact factory reset instructions. Alternatively, check the website of your device’s manufacturer.