6 Replies Latest reply: May 23, 2011 9:36 AM by babowa
LindsayParks Level 1 (0 points)

My iMac wont read my SD cards!


So, my camera died and i am trying to get my photos straight off of it's SD cards.


I put the SD card in the side of my iMac ... and wait ... nada happens.


What's the trick?


Thank you!

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 27" i5 Quad Core Late 2010
  • babowa Level 7 (29,930 points)

    What kind of SD card - please post what it says on the card (and maybe your camera's specs).


    My first thought would be: have you tried a USB card reader? That is what I use - it is easy to plug in and saves the camera's batteries.

  • LindsayParks Level 1 (0 points)

    It's just a little 2G SD card. It goes in a Sony Cibershot I bought like 2 years ago. I can't find any of the cables for the camera so I'm just trying to rip my pictures straight from the SD card.

  • babowa Level 7 (29,930 points)

    I didn't know Sony uses SD cards. I was so focused on answering your question re. a card reader that I had not looked at your profile. If you are using a 2010 iMac, it should have a card reader right next to the CD slot. If that is what you have - did you try that? Or, there are FW 800 > FW 400 cables which you could use for the current card reader.

  • LindsayParks Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, it does have an SD card reader under the optical drive. That's what my problem is ... It won't read my SD cards.

    A lot of Sony cameras use SD cards. It's just a normal little camera. Nothing professional or complex.

  • babowa Level 7 (29,930 points)

    I had posted another reply, but suddenly the site said "we'll be right back"......


    In any case, I just tried to check the specs for the 2010 iMacs to get some insight into the SD card slot, but couldn't find anything. I was wondering if your card is compatible with the Mac slot.


    So, if yours won't read the card, you can either get USB reader, use a firewire 800 > 400 cable, or - and I would recomment that - take advantage of your warranty and either call Apple or make an appointment at your nearest Genius Bar.  I am assuming you are still covered by the warranty if you have a 2010.

  • babowa Level 7 (29,930 points)

    I thought of one more troubleshooting step to try - have you ever reset your PRAM? It won' hurt to do it and may solve the problem; here are the instructions: