SD card is used in many gadgets.
It is used in digital cameras/camcorders, mobile devices (phones/tablets), mp3 players, video players, computer/laptops and so on.
But people are encountering with error: SD card show “0 bytes”.
I have searched and I found in several forum and community websites that so many users of SD card are having the same problem.
Hence, I have decided to write this post that will help you to fix SD card showing 0 bytes error message.
Read the post till the end and follow the given solutions one by one.
But before I provide some manual solution, let me introduce the direct solution for recovering media files from the memory card showing 0 bytes.
[Expert Recommendation]: Use Photo Recovery software, this will help you to:
- Recover inaccessible files from card displaying “0 bytes” error message.
- Retrieve photos, videos and audio files.
- Beside memory card, the software also restores media files from hard drive, USB flash drives, Pen drive that show 0 bytes.
- Preview recoverable files within software prior final recovery.
- 100 % read only program. Safe and secure.
Retrieve Inaccessible Media Files From SD Card Showing 0 Bytes
As we all know that SD card is just like other memory card that is used to store large amount of data such as photos, videos, songs, movies and other data.
It is small, portable and used in different gadgets.
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But as I discussed above people are facing with several memory card errors and problems. And from several issues card showing 0 bytes has become major problems for users.
Let us have a look to some real SD card users problems!
My video files won’t play! They say 0 bytes??? PLEASE HELP
Hello, I went to an event last weekend and recorded 18 video clips with my digital camera. When I got home I drag and dropped the video files from the memory card to a folder on my computer. I soon learned that 7 files won’t play! Windows Media Player says it can’t play the files and when I go to properties they say 0 bytes! What sucks is the clips that won’t play are the most important ones! I think it’s the memory card because the one I usually use never had this problem. I borrowed a memory card from someone for this event.
PLEASE HELP! IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN GET THE FILES TO PLAY????!!!! My digital camera is a Canon Powershot A560. The memory card I used is a Lexar 8GB Platinum II 60x I also wanted to ask about the memory card. For some reason, my computer won’t recognize the card when I put it into the memory card slot! I had to use a USB to get the video files off the camera. I need to put some pics back on the card, too, but it won’t let me do it through the USB. Why won’t my computer recognize the memory card? It recongizes my regular memory card, but not this Lexar card. Thanks!
– Original Post from CNET Forums
Sd card showing 0 byte
Sir my SD card 16,and 2gb showing 0 byte ,how to repair this. Thanks u
– Original Post from Forum – Ccm.net
So, those were two real examples that were faced by different SD card users.
But what makes SD card read 0 bytes?
Well, I know even you also wanted to know what are the reasons that make SD card show “0 bytes”?
Causes, Why SD Card Show 0 bytes Space?
Well, the most common reasons behind SD card reports 0 byte is logical damage:
The logical damage includes:
- File system corruption
- Virus/malware Infection
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Is it Possible to Recover Data From Memory Card Showing 0 Bytes?
Let me tell you…..
That there are many users out there who think that everything stored on the card is gone forever when it show 0 bytes or blank.
When SD card display 0 byte due to logical corruption, the data stored within it are not lost forever, until you add any new data on it.
Hence, because of this reason, it is possible to get back files from a SD card that read 0 byte.
Additional Reading: [Solved]: “Blank SD Card or Has Unsupported File System” Error
Finally, let’s come to the solution part!
Solutions To Recover Data From Card Showing “0 bytes”
Below you can find few solutions that will help you to fix and recover inaccessible or hidden files from the card showing “0 bytes” space even when it is full.
Follow the solution one by one and check whether your problem is solved or not.
Note: The same solution is applied to hard drive, USB flash drive, memory stick, pen drive and other external data storage devices.
Solution 1. Connect The Storage Device Showing 0 Bytes With Other PC
This is the very quick way to check data.
Connect your SD card with another PC and see if another PC is able to read the card and you are able to access the data stored within it.
If it still show 0 bytes or if no files are there, then you have to try another solution.
Solution 2. Run CMD Command To View Hidden/Inaccessible Files From 0 Byte SD Card
- Connect Card with PC.
- On your PC, click Start and select Run, type CMD and hit ENTER.
- A new command prompt window will get open.
- If your SD card drive name is F: Drive, then type following command: attrib -h -r -s /s /d f:\*.* and hit ENTER.
Once, the process gets complete, then you can check the card for files.
Additional Reading: How To Recover Media Files From Memory Card Using CMD?
Solution 3. Recovering Files from SD Card Which Says 0 Bytes
If none of the above solution comes helpful, then you can use the direct and recommended expert solution i.e, use Photo Recovery software to restore inaccessible or hidden files from SD card that show up 0 bytes.
The software is available for both Windows and Mac.
It is a perfect 0 bytes SD card recovery software that helps you to recover all types of images, videos and audio files from all types of memory cards (SD, SDXC, SDHC, microSD, miniSD, microSDHC, CF, XQD, xD, SmartMedia, etc), of different brands such as SanDisk, Lexar, Toshiba, Transcend, Strontium, Verbatim, Kingston, Samsung, HP, Sony, etc.
Also recover media files from formatted, virus infected, corrupted, unreadable memory cards.
Additional Reading: Corrupt SD Card Data Recovery
The software also support recovery of photo, video and audio files from digital cameras/camcorders, hard drives, external hard drives, USB drives, pen drive, memory stick, video player, mp3 player, mobile devices (phones/tablets), etc.
Below find out step-by-step guide on how to recover digital media files from memory card showing “0 bytes” in just few simple mouse clicks.
Steps To Recover Files From SD Card Showing “0 Bytes”
Step 1 – Install “Photo Recovery’ tool and launch it. Click on “Recover Photo, Audio & Video” tab to recover images, songs and videos files from any SD card, external USB drive or computer hard drive. Connect the media to your computer and then perform the process.
Step 2 – Select the drive from which you want to recover files. The external media will be shown in the list, if not then click on “Refresh Drive” button. Now select the desired drive to scan and then click on “Scan Now”. If you want to customize the recovery on the basis of file types then click on “Advance Scan”.
Step 3 – In the Advanced Scan you will have the option to scan as per to the file list, such as Photo, Video and audio or you can also select the data range from the storage device. This option reduces the scanning process time.
Step 4 – Once you click on “Scan Now” button the software will show that scanning is in process. The recovered files listed in a tree structure on the left side of the window panel.
Step 5 – After scanning, you can select the files to preview them and then you can click on “Recover” button to finally save them on your computer.
Step 6 – Select the desired location on your computer to save the recovered files. The screenshot shows that the recovered files are being saved.
Once, you recover data from card, it is time to fix SD card 0 bytes error, so that you can re-use it again.
Ways To Fix SD Card Showing “0 bytes” Error Message
The most simple and easy way to fix SD 0 byte error is to format the card.
Below find out few ways on how to format card:
Way 1. Format the card within digital camera or phone. Go to Settings>Storage>click Format option, in order to format the card.
Way 2. Format the card using PC. Connect the card to PC. Click START> Computer. Right Click the drive you want to format. Click Format option, select proper file system (as usual FAT32) and click START to start format operation.
Way 3. You can also open Disk Management to format the SD card.
Note: When you successfully able to format the card, then it will show its used space 0 bytes because formatted SD card contains nothing. However, it storage capacity will restore back to its original capacity and thereby you can re-use you card.
I hope you have been able to recover inaccessible files from your memory card, USB drives, pen drives, hard drives that show 0 bytes but have lots of data stored within it.
As well as you have also learn the few ways on how to format card in order to avoid 0 bytes SD card error.
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