How To Backup Your SD Card Files To Your Computer

Are you going on a trip soon? Do you have important pictures, music, or files on your smartphone or digital camera that you cannot afford to lose? Devices nowadays usually come with an SD card storage feature that will store all your important data into a tiny card.

SD card is short for Secure Digital card and it comes in different storage capacities. Although this tiny device is a good way of storing your files, it would be better to backup your files from your SD card to your computer - especially if it has a low storage capacity.

If you're going on a trip, backing up your SD card's contents should be one of your concerns. You never know what could happen to your digital camera or smartphone so it is better to be ready and backup all your important files to your computer at home to keep them safe. Backing up your files before your trip is better than starting from square-one all over again.

Reasons Why You Should Backup Your SD Card

Virus Infection

Your SD card is not safe from malicious viruses. Protect your files from getting corrupted or lost by backing them up in your computer.

Physical Damage

Whether your SD card is inserted into your devices or not, there can still be accidents like drinks being spilled on them. Imagine your precious photos lost forever because you forgot to back them up.

Or your college paper's soft copy getting lost because your SD card got damaged. It is a nightmare to lose your important files that's why backing them up is essential to prevent losing your files.


Bad guys exist and they will go after your expensive devices.

Your camera and smartphones' files are never safe if you won't back them up in a safe place. Sometimes files are more important than your devices because you spent so much time and effort for those files and you can avoid losing them by backing them up in a safe place.

How To backup Your SD Cards' Files

Using A USB Cable

If you're transferring your files from your SD card that is inserted into a device like your smartphone, digital camera, or e-book reader, you can transfer your important files by plugging the device onto a storage cable and connecting the other end of the cable to your computer.

The computer will automatically recognize your device. This works just like transferring files from your usual USB device to your computer. After completing the backup, make sure to safely remove your device before unplugging it from the computer's USB port.

Using The Card Reader

Laptops usually have card readers that will enable you to transfer your files easily.

But if you're using a MicroSD instead of a standard SD card, you will have to use an SD card adapter to do this method. Before inserting the SD card, check first if it is locked. Some cards have physical locks on them that prevent you from opening the files.

If your laptop doesn't have a card reader slot, you may purchase an external card reader from your local store. After inserting the card, your computer will recognize it as a removable storage device and you can simply copy your card's files just like copying files from your USB to your computer.

Taking Care Of Your SD Card

Error Message

If you suddenly receive an error message while using your digital camera, stop using it. But don't lose hope. Chances are you can still recover your files but if you keep on using the card, you might overwrite your old files.

Deleting Images

Another tip for when you're using your SD card for digital photography, delete the images on your computer not through your camera.

Deleting files using your camera will shorten the life of your memory card.

Instead of having only one erase cycle using your computer, you'll have a lot of erase cycles when deleting using your camera.

Safely Remove

If you're transferring or copying files from a device to your computer, don't forget to safely remove it before you unplug it from the USB port.

Reformat Your Card

Reformatting your cards will see it afresh. Don't forget to transfer the files to a computer before doing this.


Keep your cards dry and clean, avoid exposure to high temperature, don't drop, don't bend, don't puncture them, and avoid exposing them to h3 electro or magnetic currents. If you can, store them in a plastic casing to give it an extra layer of protection and to ensure that it won't get damaged.

Our files are very important to us because they contain our hard work and memories. It is not easy to start over again with new files so it would be best to have a backup of these important files on your computer. Taking extra care of your SD card will also avoid these files from getting lost. Remember, it is always better safe than sorry.

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