How to recover data and fix SD card not formatted error?

“SD card is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?” Many people may have seen this error during their daily use of SD card for their portable devices, such as digital cameras, mobile phones, Android smartphones. If it is a new SD card, then no problem, go ahead and format it. However if are have saved some valuable data on it, such as our photo, videos, PDF and other documents, we know it worked fine before, then do not format it. If you format the SD card, it may help you fix the SD card not formatted error, but you may lose your data on it at the same time. How to recover the data from the corrupted SD card before we format it? Check below instructions to see how to fix the SD card not formatted error and recover data from it.

There are many reasons you can not access a SD card from a portable device or a desktop computer. The worst thing is your memory card or SD card is damaged physically. If it is the case, the SD card cannot be recognized by a computer and most likely you lose the data on the SD card permanently. For most others reasons, such as virus infection, system error, bad sectors developed, file system error of SD card, there is still a chance you can get back the data and files saved on the corrupted SD card or memory card.

How to recover data from corrupted SD card?

When a memory card or SD card is corrupted, the first thing you need to do is to check see if any important data you need to recover. If you do not have any valuable data on it or if you have a copy or backup of it on your computer hard disk or somewhere else, then you can continue to format it and reuse it again as a new SD card. On the other hand, if you want to get back your data from a corrupted SD card, then pop out the SD card from your mobile phones, digital camera or other devices and follow below steps to recover data from it.

how data recovery works

Step 1. Connect SD card to you computer.

Insert the SD card to a card reader and plugin it to computer USB port. Some laptop computers has the SD reader which you can directly insert a SD card into it. When it has been properly connected, you should see the SD card displays as a new drive or disk in your computer.

Step 2. Download and install a professional data recovery software tool.

We recommend this data recovery tool for both Windows and Mac users. It is free to download and try. You can recover up to 100MB for free. It is quite enough for you to test it out and ensure it works before you buy.

Step 3. Run the data recovery software and scan your SD card.

Now use the data recovery tool to scan your inserted micro-SD card. You can use the user friendly recovery wizard to guide you through. The recovery wizard will prompt you to select file types to narrow down the scan and save your time. For example, you can choose to recover photos, music, videos, office documents (such as Word, Excel, PDF), Emails, or you can choose all file types. Then select “External removable device” item to scan your SD card.
lost file recovery mode of data recovery for Windows

You can also switch to the standard mode where you can choose among four recovery modes: Lost File Recovery, Partition Recovery, Raw File Recovery, Resume Recovery.

data recovery modes

The data recovery software is so powerful, there is still a chance you can recover data and files from corrupted SD cards, formatted SD cards. However it is always recommended not to format a corrupted SD card before recovering all the data you need from it.

Step 4. Preview and recover SD card data

When the scan finishes, you will be able to preview found files, then select and recover any files you want from SD card to your PC or Mac with just one click. All scanned and found files and data can be found in both “Path” and “File Type” tabs. They offer different ways to help you filter and locate files easier. Under the “File Type” tab, you can see all files are grouped into different categories, such as Email, Graphic, Audio, Videos, etc. Some file types such as photos and videos can be previewed before you export and recovery them from the corrupted SD card to your computer hard disk. Tick to select any files, click “Recover” button to save them back to your computer.
scanning results and recover data on pc

Note: You can use this data recovery tool to recover data from any memory card, not only SD card but also other cards like MicroSD card, xD card, MMC, SD Minin, SDHC, SDXC, compact flash CF card, etc. For instance, it can recover photos videos from SanDisk SDHC cards. Since your photos and videos captured on digital cameras would be saved on to SD cards or memory cards, this is the right data recovery solution for digital camera data recovery.

How to fix “SD Card Not Formatted” error after data recovery?

Now we have recovered all data we want from the corrupted SD card which gives “SD card is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?” error. There are different ways you can format or erase a SD card.

  1. If you are on a PC, open Computer (on Windows Vista/7/8.1/10) or My Computer ( on Windows XP). For Windows 8 users, type “computer” and click the Computer icon in the Apps search results. The SD card will appear in the “Devices with Removable Storage” list. Right-click on the SD card and select “Format” from the menu that pops up, then follow on-screen tips to format the corrupted SD card. After the formatting, the not format error will disappear and SD card will be working fine again. And you will be able to use it to save new data as before.
  2. If you use a MicroSD card on Android phone, you can directly format the SD card on your smartphone. Check out this step-by-step guide to format SD card on Samsung phones. You can also do the same thing with other Android phones, like LG, HTC, Nexus, Lenovo, ZTE, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

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