How to Connect an SD Memory Card to a PC

Updated February 21, 2017

Secure Digital (SD) cards are used in digital cameras and other handheld electronics to store data. These cards can also be used in computers as well with a few steps. Check whether your computer has an SD card drive. If yours does not have an internal one, then you can use an SD drive that connects through a USB port.

Turn the SD card so that the metal connectors are facing downward.

Find the computer's SD card slot. It is typically labelled "SD" and is a horizontal, rectangular hole. If your computer does not have an internal SD slot, obtain a USB card reader, and connect the reader's USB cable into a USB port

Push the card into the drive until it fits tightly into place.


Access the card by going to "My Computer" under the "Start" menu.


Removing the card while you are accessing its files may corrupt the data.

Things You'll Need

  • SD card drive
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