oops--unistalled SD card reader

June 7, 2011 at 04:14:26
Specs: Windows 27.08.2009
I inserted my SD card from my camera and before I removed it after looking at my pics I remembered someone told me to click on "safely remove hardware" at bottom right of screen before removing it from my computer to prevent loosing anything on it. (I was viewing a Memory stick a the time) So I did that for my SD card and went to reinsert it later to find it was unrecognizable. I went to my computer and found my SD reader, MS pro reader and other drivers were gone except for the CD drive which is still there. What did I do and how can I fix it?
I have a windows XP desktop system.

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#1
June 7, 2011 at 05:12:13
Did you try to reboot with the SD reader connected?

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#2
June 7, 2011 at 12:31:08
I'd try restore point. It is an opps fixer.

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#3
June 7, 2011 at 14:00:36
How does a restore point fix a corrupt SD card?

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#4
June 7, 2011 at 15:41:41
"I went to my computer and found my SD reader, MS pro reader and other drivers were gone except for the CD drive which is still there. What did I do and how can I fix it?"

I don't know how to fix a sd card but if you believe the drivers are gone then you can safely try a restore point. If you are not happy then you can even un-do the restore point.

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#5
June 7, 2011 at 17:54:24
Inside Device Manager (Start > Run > type: devmgmt.msc), does the SD card reader have a red or yellow icon? If it's red, it may just be disabled. Open it up and set the device to enabled. If it's yellow, the device drivers may need to be reinstalled.

If you have a drivers disc that came with the computer, check there for the proper driver. That's probably the easiest way. The second best would be to check your computer manufacturer's website for the proper driver.

Microsoft may also be able to find it online automatically (though not so well in Windows XP). Select the device in Device Manager and press the Delete key. It will be removed from the list. Open the Add Hardware Wizard (Start > Run > type: hdwwiz.cpl) and scan for new hardware.

Using the Safely Remove Hardware window is generally the preferred way to logically disconnect an external drive. That's because external drives have Drive Caching enabled by default. If you opened up the drive's properties, you could possibly find an area to disable Drive Caching. With it disabled, you wouldn't need to use Safely Remove Hardware.

Drive caching helps keep the drive from wearing out sooner because there is less data being written. The data that does get written is at a more gradual pace. Using Safely Remove Hardware ensures the data from the cache is properly written on the drive before it's ejected. If you physically eject too early, you risk data loss.

Using Safely Remove Hardware would not cause this problem. Is there a chance another person using the computer played around?

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#6
June 7, 2011 at 18:34:37
I went to devise manager and didn't see a SD card reader. So does that mean I need to reinstall it?

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#7
June 7, 2011 at 18:37:08
no, I just pulled it out and later put it back in to view more oics and it didn't recognize it. When I went to My Computer all the card readers were just gone.

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#8
June 7, 2011 at 20:13:33
If it's not anywhere in Device Manager, that means it's not detected by the operating system. Turn the computer off, remove the side panel of the case, and carefully look around for loose plugs. It helps to take off shoes that you may be wearing to avoid a static charge buildup. Touch something metal nearby before you touch inside components.

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#9
June 8, 2011 at 04:07:59
The original problem was an SD card. How did we get to restore points & loose cables?

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#10
June 8, 2011 at 10:56:14
@ Guapo: In each of Computer Mom's comments, she mentioned that the SD card reader is not found. At first, we thought it could have been a device driver issue. After looking at Device Manager and verifying it doesn't even show up there, we can postulate that the operating system does not have a connection to it, either physically or logically. Ensuring the SD card reader is physically connected is the next step in my mind.

The original problem as mentioned in the opening post: "I went to my computer and found my SD reader, MS pro reader and other drivers were gone except for the CD drive which is still there."

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#11
June 8, 2011 at 12:41:01
Computer Mom.

Please try a restore point. It is a safe way to try to fix your system.

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#12
June 8, 2011 at 18:42:56
None of that makes sense to me. At least test the card reader in another PC first.

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#13
June 9, 2011 at 13:14:56
guapo

She said this.

"drivers were gone "

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#14
June 9, 2011 at 15:29:47
I would still try it in another PC or reinstall the drivers first.

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#15
June 23, 2011 at 14:40:42
There is only one cable to check on the inside of the computer and that is the USB 2.0 cable connecting the front USB cables to the motherboard. Most likely it wouldn't be the problem if other devices connected to the same ports still work.

@ Computer Mom:
Is the memory card reader external or internal?

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