(FIXED) DJI Mavic Pro not Recognizing SD Card (Why, How to Fix)

Why Mavic pro not recognizing sd card?

Usually Mavic pro does not recognize sd card because of incompatible SD card, firmware glitches, or inconsistent firmware. Besides that corrupted SD cards, SD card contact and installation issues also lead to this issue.

Let’s talk about more reasons that lead to unrecognizing the sd card and how to solve this issue step by step.

1. Potential software glitch

Many Mavic pilots face this issue because of firmware glitches. DJI often releases firmware updates to avoid possible errors and unlock the latest features. But sometimes you might have some glitches when you update them and these glitches lead to some issues. That’s totally fine, you just have to reinstall the firmware. Be sure to update the Mavic Pro to the latest firmware.

I think you should never hesitate to update firmware and it would help you to avoid other issues with your drone.

2. Grease on contacts

When I’m talking about sd card glitches, I’m not only concerned about the software of the SD card. Physical damage or barriers to contact also can lead to this problem.

Micro sd cards are very small and if you’re ejecting them from a drone and placing them to the computer regularly, finger grease and dust, and dirt will come into contact with the gold or metallic contact pads on the microSD card.

Over time this grease can build up and cause intermittent contact issues with the metallic pads on the card reader or in the drone.

3. SD card issues.

If you are using an SD card that doesn’t compatible with the Mavic Pro, it won’t be recognized. Also damaged SD cards or software issues with an SD card can also cause this issue.

Steps to fix if DJI Mavic pro not recognizing sd card

Let’s go through some steps that are helpful in fixing this issue.

Step 1: Make sure you are using a compatible SD card.

You need to use a compatible SD card for DJI Mavic Pro. Else the Mavic Pro won’t recognize the SD card.

  • Buy or use an SD card with a capacity of 64GB /128 GB with a Class 10 or UHS-1 rating.

Check compatible SD cards for Mavic Pro: Cameraken

Step 2: Inspect the memory card for damage and proper installation

Inspect the memory card for any signs of damage, because your memory card may become damaged if you don’t eject it properly whenever you remove it from the drone. If you are noticing damage there’s always the risk of losing all data on your SD card. However, there is some SD card recovery software that may be able to help you recover all or part of your files depending on the extent of the damage.

Step 3: Clean the gold or metallic contact pads on the microSD card.

Using a microfibre towel is ok to remove a small amount of grease that builds up on metallic contact. If you are noticing a significant amount of corrosion, grease, grime, or other buildups. I recommend that you back up your data as quickly as possible and simply purchase or try another microSD card.

Step 4: Update the firmware

It’s not impossible for your drone memory card issues to be caused by the firmware. Many drone problems can be resolved by keeping the drone’s firmware up to date. Always check if the manufacturer has released an update to the firmware and be sure to download any updates. So keeping the firmware up to date would get rid of more issues.

  • Download and install the DJI Assistant 2 application to the PC.
  • Open DJI Assistant 2 application.
  • Then connect the Mavic Pro aircraft to the PC using the USB cable.
  • Power on the Mavic Pro.
  • DJI Assistant 2 would detect the DJI Mavic Pro. Choose the DJI Mavic Pro.
dji assistant 2
Credits: DJI Support
  • Then log in to your DJI account connected to Mavic Pro.
  • Then you’ll enter the firmware update panel of the drone. You can find all the previous and latest firmware for the Mavic Pro.
dji assistant 2
Credits: DJI Support
  • Click on the “Upgrade” or “Refresh” button in front of the latest firmware.
  • Click “Start Update”.
dji assistant 2
Credits: DJI Support
  • Wait until the firmware is completely downloaded and installed.
Credits: DJI Support
  • Follow the same steps connecting the remote controller and update/refresh its firmware.

Step 5: Format the SD card.

Formatting and the SD card create an empty file system and permanently delete all data on it. This means that it can now be reused for new purposes or use a different file system. You can format an SD card to change the file system, fix a damaged SD card, or erase data to free up space on your disk.

Before formatting the sd card be sure to have a backup of the files on the sd card. Formatting the sd card erases all the data and fixes issues you dealt before with it.

  • Connect your SD card to your PC and enter File Explorer.
  • Then right-click on the SD card driver and select the format option.
  • Wait a few seconds until it’s done.

Step 6: Repair corrupt SD card using Command Prompt

There is some software that can repair a corrupt SD card. You can also repair corrupt SD cards by using the command prompt on your PC. 

  • To do this, connect your corrupted SD card to your computer and get the sd card drive letter by simply going to “This PC”.
  • Click the Windows icon and type “cmd.” Then, right-click on the command prompt and accept to run it as administrator. Then type “chkdsk” in the window and end it with the drive letter of your SD card. For example, if your card’s drive letter is ‘f’, you’ll type “chkdsk F.” in the window. 
  • Wait until the process ends which may take some time. The chkdsk (Check Disk) command will scan your memory card for issues and then fix those issues. After the process ends, your SD card should be fixed and ready to go. 

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