How to get a micro SD card unstuck from a laptop

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How to get a micro SD card unstuck from a laptop
(laptop with card reader image by TA Craft Photography from Fotolia.com)

A Micro SD (Secure Digital) card provides data storage in a small package that can fit in an equally small compartment built into an electronic device such as a laptop computer. The size of the Micro SD card can cause it to stick inside of a laptop, regardless of whether the compartment slot is for the SD card or a SD-to-Micro SD adaptor is being used. Removing a stuck Micro SD card to free the laptop’s compartment slot is a straightforward process that will not damage the Micro SD card or the laptop.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Playing card
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Double-sided tape
  • Tweezers
  • SD-to-Micro SD adaptor
  • Guiar pick

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Pull the SD-to-Micro SD adaptor out of the laptop’s compartment slot. Place the SD-to-Micro SD adaptor on a table with the Micro SD card facing to the right.

  2. 2

    Hold the SD-to-Micro SD adaptor down on the table with your left hand. Hold the tweezers in your right hand.

  3. 3

    Clamp the jaws of the tweezers on the end of the Micro SD card. Pull the Micro SD card out of the SD-to-Micro SD adaptor with the tweezers.

  1. 1

    Cut a vertical strip off one end of the playing card that is about the same width as the SD Micro card with the scissors. Dispose of the rest of the playing card.

  2. 2

    Place a strip of double-sided cellophane tape on one end of the strip of playing card, about a half inch from the end.

  3. 3

    Hold the strip of playing card so that the end with the double-sided cellophane tape is facing down and farthest from you.

  4. 4

    Insert the strip of playing card into the compartment slot up against the inside of the compartment slot. Push the strip in as far as it will go.

  5. 5

    Push the strip down onto the Micro SD card. Slowly pull the strip out of the compartment slot. Stop pulling when the Micro SD card starts to move out of the compartment slot.

  6. 6

    Grab the end of the Micro SD card with the jaws of the tweezers. Pull the Micro SD card out of the compartment slot with the tweezers. Pull the strip of playing card out of the compartment slot and dispose of it.

  1. 1

    Place the pointed end of the guitar pick into the compartment slot as far as it will go.

  2. 2

    Push the point of the guitar pick down. Pull the guitar pick towards you slowly.

  3. 3

    Keep pulling until the Micro SD card comes free of the compartment slot.

  4. 4

    Clamp the jaws of the tweezers on the end of the Micro SD card. Pull the Micro SD card out of the compartment slot. Pull the guitar pick out of the compartment slot.

Tips and warnings

  • Rubber-tipped tweezers are the safest type to use.

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