SD card not mounting in Ubuntu? Fix the no access issue!

The error you get is no access to the exFAT file system, and typically happens with the larger size SD card. Installing exFAT drivers should fix the issue. Here is how.

Now and then it’s not surprising to see how difficult a basic task such as be able to read DVD, Flash drives, and memory cards get frustrating ordeal. Such functions are expected to work without hurdles on a modern PC.

One such issue which our readers have notified us is the SD card not mounting problem, which is prominent in Ubuntu and derivatives including Linux Mint, and elementary OS.

exFAT SD card access error

Did you end up with this error while plugging the MicroSD card from Camera to read the photos in it? The error might resemble as follows:

Error mounting /dev/mmcblkop1 at /media/….. exited with non-zero exit status 32:mount: /media/….: unknown filesystem type ‘exfat’.

Micro SD card not mounting error in Ubuntu
Micro SD card not mounting error in Ubuntu

The access issue doesn’t occur in all memory cards. It happens with certain memory cards that typically of larger capacity and formatted with exFAT file system.

In recent years, memory cards have grown giant in memory capacity. Modern memory cards are as large as 64GB to 128GB capacity. It is possible due to the introduction of a new file system “exFAT”, in addition to long-living FAT, FAT32, and NTFS file systems.

Fixing SD card not mounting issue

The access issue pops-up in Ubuntu because of not having the exFAT drivers. Installing those drivers should fix the issue.

Step 1) Unplug the memory card that you were trying to access. Don’t worry. Since it is not mounted, there is no change to lose data. You can pull it out of the slot.

Step 2) Launch ‘Terminal’.

Step 3) Enter the following command and hit enter.

sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

Step 3) You must enter the root password for installation to be successful.

Step 4) After the installation is complete, insert the SD card, and open the “Files”.  You should be able to access the contents now.

SD Card Access Fixed in Ubuntu 17.10
SD Card Access Fixed in Ubuntu 17.10

Did it work for you? Do share your experience in the below comments.

Kiran Kumar
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29 COMMENTS

  1. I have a 64GB flash drive that use exFAT and I was searching far and wide to get my Ubuntu machine to mount the flash because only Mac and Windows machines picked it up. I’m so glad I came across this website. Thanks a million!!

  2. Hello. Just installed Ubuntu 18.04 and, amazingly, my old internal 4-in-1 internal card reader did no longer see my old 2 GB Compact Flash card, although I tried tu remove and reinsert it several times! But just iInstalling exfat-fuse and exfat-utils has resolved the issue! Thank you very much for this hint!

  3. Great! It worked on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. After so much trouble it’s finally solved and I can now download photos and videos from a 64 GB
    sd card. Utterly happy with the fix. Neat and quick. Thanks a lot.

  4. It worked for me on Kubuntu 18.10. I was not able to see my files which where in my phone Android and now everything is ok when I connect the phone to my pc.

    Thanks a lot Kiran! 😉

  5. It is really a certain fact that Sandisk is one of the best brands of any electronic gadgets. Actually, SD cards are really very fruitful gadgets which all are used for storing all the required digital data permanently It is contributing all the best brands of memory cards that have the ability to produce fruitful services for getting an effective service smoothly.

    • Mint MATE allows full use of SD but Elementary OS only reads cards and has no facility for writing to them.
      I am abandoning EOS partly for this reason.

      Dr S Hall

  6. Wow – I am a new Linux / Ubuntu 18.04 user. I have tried several fixes for problems I am having, and this is the first one that has worked! Great, now I can copy pictures from my Panasonic camera and put them in my pictures folder. Thank you!

  7. this is the error i get when i execute this command:

    sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils
    N: Ignoring file ‘getdeb.list.bck’ in directory ‘/etc/apt/sources.list.d/’ as it has an invalid filename extension
    E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run ‘sudo dpkg –configure -a’ to correct the problem.

    not sure why this issue is so hard to solve. nothing on the forums has worked for me. i run a vanilla install on an HP laptop.
    these are the words that i really hate to say, but “the card reader works in windows”

    this is the only problem that i haven’t been able to solve after many years of using ubuntu

  8. I use this Transcend SD card reader TS-RDP7K converting my SD card to USB. Today I tried to plug in my SD card directly into my NUC PC and lo and behold, it did not read my SD card, even after I installed the upgrade! I then plugged the card into the Transcend reader, plugged it into the USB port and the card was recognized immediately. I then did the same with a Photo SD card with the same result.
    Transcend must have done something clever!

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