SD card is not readable on Mac - how to fix and recover data?

Posted by Juno to Mac Data Recovery on December 27th, 2017

SD card has gradually become an indispensable part of our life. We can use it to store, transfer files or increase storage capacity. Just because SD card has been widely used, there are many SD card related issues arise. One of the most common issues is "SD card is not readable on Mac".

Here, we will offer methods to fix SD card is not readable on Mac error as well as recover data from not readable SD card on Mac.

First things first: stop using the not readable SD card

After been reminded that our SD card is not readable on Mac, we should stop using the SD card immediately. On the one hand, that can prevent files inside the SD card been overwritten by new data. (After been overwritten, those original files can't be recovered any more.) And on the other hand, that can protect the not readable SD card from any further logical or physical damage.

Two easy methods to fix SD card is not readable on Mac error

Here are two methods to fix SD card is not readable on Mac error. The first method suits users who still have useful files on SD card, while the second one suits users who don't have any useful file on SD card.

Method 1: If we have useful data on not readable SD card: perform data recovery before fixing

For the security of our files, we should firstly recover data from not readable SD card. As long as out SD card doesn't have any hardware problem, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can help us to get lost files back.

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is an efficient and easy-to-use Mac data recovery software that can recover data from not readable SD card, recover data from formatted SD card, recover data from unmountable SD card, recover data from corrupted SD card, recover deleted/lost files from SD card, etc. on macOS 10.14‎/10.13/10.12 and 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Tutorial to recover data from not readable SD card on Mac with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

Step 1: Connect the not readable SD card to Mac with a card reader.

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery, and select the not readable SD card.

recover data from not readable SD card on Mac

Step 3: Click "Next" to search for all lost files on the not readable SD card.

Step 4: Preview the listed recoverable files, choose those we want, and click "Recover" button to get them back.

Lastly, have a check to ensure we have got all lost data back. After successfully restored all lost data, we can fix SD card is not readable on Mac error by formatting it as the steps below without worrying about data loss.

Method 2: If we don't have any useful data on the not readable SD card: directly fix it by formatting

Step 1: Launch Disk Utility from Utilities.

Step 2: Click the not readable SD card on the left part of the window.

Step 3: Click Erase on the top of the Disk Utility window.

Step 4: Complete the related information (name, format, scheme, etc.), then click Erase button.

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