Safely & Easily Transfer Data from SD Card to Computer

Learn to transfer data from SD card to computer without any difficulties to prevent data loss caused by SD card damaged or other glitches.


By Lucas / Updated on May 12, 2023

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About SD Card

SD card, the abbreviation of "Secure Digital", is a new generation of high-speed storage devices based on semiconductor flash memory. It has high memory capacity, fast data transfer rate, great mobility, and good security, thus it’s widely used in portable devices, such as digital cameras, tablet computers, and multimedia players, etc.

SD card

However, an SD card is easy to lose because of its small size and it might not be recognized by the computer (it's quite common), and some users have encountered troubles about transferring large files from SD card to computer. So, how to transfer data from an SD card to a computer safely? Read the following suggestions!

How to transfer data from SD card to computer?

In this part, we will proffer 3 solutions to help you transfer data. They have their specific characteristics to help users, please choose an appropriate way to prevent your data from missing.

Method 1: Transfer via Copy Paste

When you connect your device with an SD card, this device acts like external storage, so, you can transfer the data you need like using a traditional USB. However, if there are numerous files in your SD card, it will be hard to find the things you wish to migrate, and you may miss some of them during your operation.

Step 1. Connect your SD card to your PC, and wait for your computer to recognize your device. You may need a card reader for your SD card or digital camera. If you want to copy the files on your mobile phone, use a data wire to connect them with the PC.

Step 2. Open “This PC”, click your device, then you can see all files and folders on the SD card.

Step 3. Find the files or folders you want to transfer, select them, if you want to backup all, you can press “Ctrl+A”, right-click to enter the menu.

Step 4. Choose “Copy”, and go to your destination space, right-click and select “Paste”.

Copy file

Then your computer will copy those files from an SD card.

Method 2: Transfer via AOMEI Partition Assistant

Of course, there is an easy way to transfer all data from the SD card to PC and you don’t need to worry about losing any data during the migration. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is an easy handling software of disk and partition, and it’s FREE!

You can transfer data with the “Disk Clone Wizard” feature that can safely and quickly move a large amount of data to the target location. Thus, if your SD card has used a large storage capacity which might take you much time to move manually, this tool will be your best option. 

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First, you need to install AOMEI Partition Assistant and launch it.

Step 1. On the main page, choose “Clone Disk” in the right menu.

Disk clone wizard

Step 2. Choose “Clone Disk Quickly” and click “Next” in the new popup window.

Copy disk quickly

Step 3. Select your device as the source disk and click “Next”.

Select source disk

Step 4. Choose a target disk to place your data, tick the line under the window, if your destination disk is an SSD storage.

Select destination disk

Step 5. In the new window, you need to adjust the partition size on your destination disk and click “Next".

Edit disk

NoteThere are three options for you: “Clone without resizing partition”, ”Fit partition to entire disk” and “Edit partition on this disk”. After finishing the adjustment, please click "Next".

Step 6. You can see the disk operating by viewing the "Pending Operations", please click "Proceed" and "Apply" in the top left corner of the main window.



Method 3: Transfer via OneDrive


There exists another possible way to transfer your data, if all of your data and files on your device are synced to OneDrive, you can use OneDrive to get all the content back to your computer.

Step 1. Open the web of OneDrive, and sign in.

Step 2. In the left bar, you can see all devices which are connected to your OneDrive.

Step 3. Select the device that has the data you want to transfer.

Step 4. In this device, choose files that you wish to migrate, right-click them, and download.

OneDrive download

Note: The files you download will store in the default location: C:\Users\...\OneDrive, you can check the files in this file. If your C drive doesn't have enough space, you can move OneDrive to another location.

However, many users not only use one cloud drive product, so how to achieve file transfer and file synchronization between different cloud drives to simplify the manipulations and to allow them to manage all cloud accounts in one place? MultCloud is such a tool, which can help users to realize file transfer, data synchronization, and other practical functions between different cloud drives such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive.

Hope this article is helpful for you. AOMEI Partition Assistant is indeed the easiest way to help you safely transfer data from an SD card to a computer. You can explore more practical features by updating to the Professional edition", such as moving programs, converting MBR to GPT without data loss, or moving OS without reinstalling, etc.

Lucas · Staff Editor
I prefer peaceful and quiet life during vacation,but sometimes I watch football match if my favorite club performs brilliantly in that season. And I love reading, painting and calligraphy, thus I send my friends festival handwriting cards every year.