How to Access Data Without Formatting a Micro SD Card

by Chappy Sinclair
SD card image by berg_bcn from

Micro SD cards are small, flash-based memory devices. Micro SD cards are commonly used to increase the storage capacity of portable devices such as cell phones, laptops or portable gaming devices. The only difference between a Micro SD card and other types of SD cards are in size. They all act and function the same way. To access the content of an SD card, you will need either a computer with an SD slot or a USB SD card reader.

Step 1

Insert the Micro SD card into the SD card reader on your computer.

Step 2

Click "My Computer."

Step 3

Select "Removable Disk." Here, you will find all of the data stored on the SD card. Depending on how it has been formatted, there may be additional folders (such as photos or music).

Drag and drop files you want to add to the device into the "Removable Disc" directory. If you want to delete a file, right-click the file and select "Delete." Click "Yes" when asked to confirm the deletion.


  • Most SD card readers are designed to accommodate all forms of SD cards. You do not have to look for a Micro SD card reader specifically.


Photo Credits

About the Author

Chappy Sinclair has been writing professionally since 2006. He has been able to share his gaming and computer-related impressions and opinions on a national scale with published submissions in "PC Gamer Magazine" and "Maximum PC." Sinclair is currently studying for an aeronautical degree in navigation and avionics at the American Academy of Aeronautics.

More Articles