Question by  Hassan (68)

What should I do if Windows XP does not detect an SD card?


Answer by  blyte (67)

Here are a few things to try: 1.) Ensure the card reader is plugged-in and working properly by testing it with another card that you know works. 2.) If the SD card doesn't have data on it, try formatting it. 3.) It could be that you need to install a special driver to get the reader and/or card working.


Answer by  discomcdoogal (28)

Go to Control Panel > System > Device Manager and click on Scan for Hardware Changes. The window should refresh with any new hardware that has been found.


Answer by  Richard88 (391)

Check that your SD reader is capable of reading SDHC cards, if that is what you have. Older SD readers will not read SDHC. The maximum SD card is 2GB.


Answer by  Zach54 (19)

You should search for a driver with "Windows Update". If no drivers are available, try looking up Your computer manufactures website. Often they have specific drivers for Your PC.


Answer by  ShrimpDeep (21)

The problem might not be Windows XP, but it may be either the card reader or the SD card itself. Check with a different card and reader.


Answer by  Phil28 (379)

One reason can be that your card reader does not support SDHC cards. HC stands for high capacity. Check the label of your card and the manual or specs for your reader. Test the card with other readers or devices for example a camera. That way you can make sure that the card is not the problem itself.

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