How To Check if a Memory Card is Working

Memory cards are small electronic devices that store data.  Most are as small as a thumb; some are even smaller.  Memory cards have become popular these days not only because their prices are dropping but because their storage capacities are also increasing.  Just like other electronic devices, memory cards can malfunction, too.  Most of the time, the computer will notify you of the malfunction.  At other times, you will be left clueless.  This article will explain some of the most common symptoms of memory card malfunctions and what you can do about them.

The most common problem has something to do with the proper insertion of the memory card into the correct slot.  If you improperly inserted the memory card, it simply won’t work.  The computer won’t even be able to detect it.  

There are two variations to this common trouble.  The first one is that of inserting the memory card in the opposite position or direction.  The remedy is simple: make sure that no resistance is felt when you insert the memory card into the slot.  If there is resistance, the memory card may have been inserted in the wrong direction. 
The other problem is that of inserting the memory card into the wrong slot.  Most computers nowadays have a built-in memory card reader that can read several types of memory cards.  Most card readers have one slot for each type of memory card. Therefore, inserting a microSD card into the slot for an M2 card will definitely not work.  Again, the remedy is simple: insert the memory card into the correct slot for it.  

Many card readers have been damaged because of improper insertion of memory cards.  So, be careful and try not to use force when inserting a memory card into a slot.  If the direction or position and memory slot is correct, the memory card will slide into the slot easily and will fit in snugly.

Besides improper insertion, another common problem with memory cards involves its security feature.  Every memory card has a write protection switch that either enables or disables the memory card’s ability to store data.  Turning on the write protection switch will allow the memory card to store data.  Otherwise, no data will be saved—the computer will only be able to read data already stored on the card but will not be able to write new files to the card.  If you cannot save files into the memory card, you can try checking the write protection switch and turn it off if it is enabled.

If the memory card is inserted into the proper slot and the write protection switch is enabled, you can do two more things to check whether the memory card is working or not (assuming that the card is empty or brand new): try to save files into the card.  If that works, check if the computer can also read the new files off the card.

If none of the tips described above works, the memory card may be defective, in which case you can take it back to the store for assessment by a professional.  Most stores will immediately replace memory cards with factory defects.

If you just bought your memory card, you need to remember only two things to ensure that the card is perfectly functioning: the computer can read it and it can be written to by the computer.  Otherwise, your memory card is in trouble.


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