How to Backup SD Card to Computer and Protect Security

Backing up dozens of data on SD card to computer is time-consuming. If you are upset, you can follow this article. I will show you how to backup SD card to computer in a very short time.


by Ivy Updated on January 10, 2024

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Real case about how to backup SD card to computer

I have 19 GB photos and music files on my 32 GB SD card. When I want to copy some files from my SD card to my computer, my computer tells me to format it first. Thus, I cannot backup any files. Any suggestions are welcome.

Why backup SD card to computer?

SD(Secure Digital) cards are a type of memory card, which is typically used in digital cameras and other portable devices, such as mobile phones, music players, personal computers, etc.

It consists of four types, including the original Standard-Capacity (SDSC), the High-Capacity (SDHC), the Extended-Capacity (SDXC), the SDIO. And these SD cards are divided into three different sizes, including the original size, the mini size, the micro size.

Reasons to backup SD card to computer

SD cards are widely used in the portable device. Many users employ it to increase storage space or save personal data containing pictures, video, files, etc. In most cases, no one wants to lose the personal data. And the wise men will choose to make an image file from SD card or memory card. But why?

1. Protect the security of the data on your SD card

You may save important files on the SD card. It's portable. You can take it everywhere. Aside by that, you still can use it to save your pictures or videos, which contains your precious memory. Whatever data you save on the SD card, you must do not want to lose it owing to SD card corrupted or lost.

To protect your personal data, you can choose to backup SD card.

2. Migrate the data on SD card to increase storage space

You can save data on the SD card as much as possible, if your card has enough space. Similarly, if your SD card is out of space, you cannot put any data into it.

To get more space to save your files or photos, you can learn how to backup SD/memory card before formatting.

How to backup SD card to computer

Here you will learn 2 helpful ways to backup SD card to computer, namely using traditional Copy and Past and free file backup software. Honestly, the second way is easier and more flexible.

Copy and Paste

When it comes to backing up or migrating data to a computer, many users choose to directly copy and paste it to the computer. Although it’s very simple, it’s useful for the majority of users who are not familiar with computer. Below are the detailed steps:

Step 1: Plug in your SD card to your computer, and make sure it can be detected.

Note: Some laptop and desktop computers have built-in memory card slots. Otherwise, you need a USB card reader to connect the SD card to your Windows computer.

Step 2: Press “Win + E” to open Computer or This PC.

Step 3: Find your SD card, which is marked as Removable Disk with a drive letter.

Step 4: Double click your SD card and open it

Step 5: Copy the files you want to backup and paste it to your computer.

Copy and Paste is a very simple and practical way for many users. However, when you try to back up dozens of data, you will be upset. It will spend much time. And, sometimes, your computer will tell you to format your removable disk first. If you do that, you will lose your data.

To overcome the limitations of Copy and Paste, you need the alternative. I recommend you to backup memory card with free file backup software AOMEI Backupper.

Free file backup software: AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper is a magic backup software, which is designed for Windows. This software aims at helping you protect your personal data and migrate it in a short time. It supports Windows XP, Window 7/8/10/11, etc. Aside by that, there is a distinct advantage of AOMEI Backupper: it offers you more useful features, including Backup, Restore, Clone and other Utilities.

Taking Backup as an example, you can enjoy System Backup, Disk Backup, File Sync, etc. That's to say, you can backup whatever you want and restore it when needed.

To backup SD/memory card before formatting:

Step 1: Plug in your SD card to your computer.

Step 2: Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it.

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Step 2: Enter the main page of AOMEI Backupper, select Disk Backup.

Disk Backup

Step 3: Find the Removable Disk you plug in and select it as the Source Disk.Then, select a location on the computer as destination path. After that, click Start Backup.

Add Disk

Micro SD card and SD card are the memory card. But they have different size. Thus, backing up Micro SD card to computer is similar to backup SD card to computer. To backup Micro SD card, you can follow the steps above.

Note: To manage your backup in a better way, AOMEI Backupper offers you Backup Options, Schedule and Scheme. In Backup Options, you can compress or encrypt your backup. In Schedule, you can backup data on SD card at a regular basis. In Scheme, you can delete older backup versions and manage your backup disk space. However, this feature is only available on AOMEI Backupper Professional. If you need, upgrade to it first.


Copy and Paste can help you backup SD/memory card to computer. However, you cannot backup dozens of files in a very short time.

To fix this problem, I recommend you free AOMEI Backupper. This software can backup SD/memory Card in a very short time. Also, you do not need to format your card before you backup SD to computer. What's more, it can help you manage your backup in a better way. You can compress or encrypt your backup via Backup Options. You can backup your data regularly via Backup Schedule. Also, you can delete older backup versions to save your disk space via Backup Scheme.

Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.