[SOLVED] Solutions To Decrypt An Encrypted SD Card

Last Updated: 2021-02-25

Summary: The article below will help users to decrypt an encrypted SD card and recover all important files from the SD card with the help of Bitwar Data Recovery Software!


SD Card Issue: Encryption and Decryption

Every user will store important data in an external storage device such as an SD card as a backup. Besides, some users may try to encrypt their SD cards to protect the data from stealing by other users. However, few people understand what is decryption and this can cause you a problem in the future in case you need to access or transfer some data from the SD card, as we will show you an example faced by a user:

“I always use a memory card to transfer and backup my data, therefore I will encrypt the device to make sure no one can access the data except me but one day I had purchased a new SD card to replace the old memory card but I had forgotten the encryption code. Is there anywhere I can recover my data back from the encrypted memory card?”

So we will introduce you briefly show you how what is decryption first, where you can decrypt the device just like how you encrypt the device at first. We recommend you decrypt the SD card first with your old password by following some of our useful solutions below!

Effective Solutions to Decrypt an Encrypted SD Card

Suppose that you use a third-party encryption tool like an Android device to encrypt the device in the past, then you can decrypt it easily by using your Android phone with the password.

Solution 1: Decrypt SD Card with Password on Android

Step 1: Insert the SD card into a Samsung phone device and restart the phone.

Step 2: Go to the phone settings and click the Lock screen and security.

Step 3: Scrow down and choose the Decrypt SD card option.

Step 4: Enter your password and wait patiently for the decryption process to complete.

Sometimes, the process could take longer because it will take a longer time for a larger data file.

Note: You may ask is there another phone device that can help you decrypt the SD card besides using a Samsung phone, but unfortunately the answer is no because other different phones have different encryption algorithms so the decryption process will be different too. Therefore, we suggest you use the same third-party device you used to encrypt the SD card to decrypt the SD card again.

Solution 2: Decrypt SD Card without Password

In case you had forgotten your encryption password, then the other solution is to recover the encryption password by using another third-party app or performing diskpart clean all command.

Method 1: Third-party App

We highly recommend using FExplorer to do the job because it is efficient and easy to use. You can download the app from App Store and follow the guided steps below to decrypt your SD card.

Step 1: Insert the SD card into your phone and connect the phone device to the PC through the USB cable.

Step 2: Download FExplorer and run the app on your phone.

Step 3: Go to the Internal Storage and locate the folder name: mmcstore.

Step 4: Rename the folder to mcstore.txt and copy the file to your PC

Step 5: Open the file with Notepad and you can check the password of the encrypted SD card.

Step 6: Finally you can follow back to solution 1 above to decrypt the SD card with the password.

Method 2: Diskpart Clean All Command

Suppose that you don’t have any important files on the SD card and all you need is to decrypt the device then you can follow the guideline below to perform the DiskPart clean all command.

Step 1: Insert the SD Card through the SD card reader to your PC.

Step 2: Press Windows + S to open the search menu and type in cmd.

Step 3: In the Command Prompt type diskpart and hit enter.

Step 4: Type list disk > select disk * (replace * with the affected device) > clean all > create partition primary > format fs=fat32.

Please wait for the process to complete and connect the SD card to other devices to check whether or not it is decrypted.

Bonus Tip: Recover Lost or Deleted Files from Encrypted SD Card

In case you couldn’t decrypt the SD card after following all the solutions above, then the only way to rescue your data is to recover them by using data recovery software.

The best software to do the job is Bitwar Data Recovery Software. It provides efficient scan to allow users to restore all kinds of files from any external or internal storage devices which includes SD card, flash card, external hard drive, memory card, and others.

Step 1: Go to Bitwarsoft Download Center and download the data recovery software on your PC.

Step 2: Select the encrypted SD card from the list of partitions and devices and click Next.

main interface

Step 3: Choose the Scan mode and click on the Next button.

scan mode

Step 4: Select the file type you need to restore and click Next.

file types

Step 5: Preview the scan results and click the Recover button to start the recovery.


Kind Advice: Remember DO NOT store the file back to the same SD card to prevent any PERMANENT DATA LOSS!

Decrypt SD Card!

An encrypted SD card is always the best precaution to protect our data from stolen by other users, but it can be a problem if we forget the encryption password. Therefore, follow the solutions given above to fix it and in case you need to rescue your important data back, remember to use Bitwar Data Recovery Software to retrieve the lost data on the SD card easily!

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