How to fix SD card showing up in Disk Utility but not Finder?

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery on September 19th, 2018

This article shares methods to open/access SD card when it shows up in Disk Utility but not Finder. But to avoid data loss, please free download this software to restore important data from SD card.

Usually, when you connect SD card with card reader to your Mac, you will see it on desktop, in Finder and Disk Utility. But sometimes, your SD card won't read in Finder but will show in Disk Utility, making all data on the drive inaccessible. Here is a sample from forum:

"When I insert my SD card in MacBook Pro. It shows up in Disk utility so I can format it but it just can't show in the Finder section. When I remove the card without prompting, I get the 'Failed to eject properly' message. Any advice would be appreciated."

How to open/access SD card when it shows up in Disk Utility but not Finder?

Since you can see SD card listed in Disk Utility, it means the drive can be recognized by your Mac machine and then you can make sure that the SD card doesn't have some physical damages. Actually, SD card not showing up in Finder issue may be caused by preference modification or unmountable problems. Let's check out solutions to SD card shows up in Disk Utility but not Finder.

Method 1: Set preference to show SD card in Finder

Sometimes, SD card shows in Disk Utility but not in Finder because you don't set preference to show mounted external disks in Finder. Here is the tutorial:

Step 1: Go to Finder > Preferences > Sidebar.

Step 2: Select "External disks" under "Devices" and then your connected SD card will appear in Finder.

Show SD card in Finder

Method 2: Mount SD card in Disk Utility

If an SD card can't be mounted in Disk Utility, it will not show in Finder. Thankfully, there are chances to manually mount SD card in Disk Utility.

Step 1: Open Disk Utility.

Step 2: Right click the SD card from the left sidebar and then click the Mount button.

Method 3: Run First Aid to check & repair SD card

If you right click the SD card and see the Mount option is greyed out, the drive may have several file system corruptions which can't be mounted as usual. In this situation, you can make use of Disk Utility's First Aid to check and repair disk errors.

Step 1: Launch Disk Utility.

Step 2: Highlight the greyed out SD card.

Step 3: Select First Aid in the top center.

Repair SD card via First Aid

Step 4: Select Run to perform hard disk diagnostics and fix any issues.

Method 4: Reformat to fix SD card not showing in Finder

Disk Utility fails to repair the disk? The file system of the drive may be seriously damaged, so you need to reformat the corrupted SD card to rebuilt file system. But before reformatting, you need to back up. Didn't make any backup? iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can help you restore data from corrupted SD card.

Step 1: Recover data from corrupted SD card with free Mac data recovery software

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Watch this short video tutorial to recover data from SD cards:

You can also follow the tutorial below to recover data from SD cards with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery:

1. Download and install iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

2. Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery and connect SD card to Mac computer.

Recover data from corrupted SD card with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

3. Select the corrupted SD card and click "Next" button to scan all lost data.

4. Preview the searching results, choose files we need, and click "Recover" to get them back.

Step 2: Reformat the corrupted SD card in Disk Utility

1. Launch Disk Utility from Utilities.

2. Select your SD card on the left part of the window.

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

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

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