Can Photos Be Recovered from a Formatted Memory Card?

Can you recover pictures from a formatted memory card? Of course Yes! Read on to know how:

In this page you shall hopefully find all you need to know about formatting or re-formatting a memory card, actions that lead you to format a memory card and most importantly, the steps to perform formatted memory card recovery in case you want to retrieve formatted memory card data.

What does formatting a memory card means?

Formatting a memory card clears any corruption at its file system and completely erases all data present on it. All flash storage devices including memory cards are generally pre-formatted after they are manufactured. Formatting or re-formatting a memory card restores it with default settings and clears everything present on it to allow a card reader or any other device to write new data on it. All data present on a memory card need to be backed up or moved to another device before formatting these devices to avoid performing formatted memory card recovery, in case the data is important.

When is the need to format or re-format a memory card?

  • It may become obligatory to re-format a memory card if it has to be used with a completely new operating system or within a new device
  • File system corruptions in a memory card can cause all the contents currently present on that device to turn inaccessible leading you with no other option but to format it
  • Viruses can cause havoc with all the data present on a pen drive. If it cannot be cleared with an anti-virus software, the device should be formatted in order to save the device
  • Accidental file deletion is always one of the prime causes of data deletion on any device. To clear the pen drive of junk files and folders, you choose to format it without realizing it also contains important information
  • The camera or any other device refuses to mount the memory card until it is formatted. You have to format or re-format the memory card in order to make it accessible to the device holding it

In all of the cases, a complete backup if possible, has to be taken to ensure you don’t get your hands off all your important data which is present on the memory card. But in situations where data backup could not be carried out due to any reasons and data cannot be afforded to lose, you have to perform formatted memory card recovery in order to undelete all its contents. Read on to know how.

Restore formatted memory card data with the help of Remo Recover:

You will have to use Remo Recover software which can reliably recover formatted memory card files and folders. This data recovery utility intelligently scans and detects all important data neglecting viruses and other malicious software and recovers them efficiently. Over 300 different types file formats are recognized by this software making data recovery accuracy the highest amongst other data recovery tools currently available. Restoring formatted memory card contents with the help of Remo Recover have many benefits which you’ll know while using this software. To mention an important one, this tool offers a free demo version using which deleted files and folders can be recovered and previewed before actually saving the data to any desired location. Just hit the download button and instantly begin recovering data from formatted USB drive, pen drive etc. including memory cards.

Here are the steps to recover formatted memory card on Mac OS X operating systems


Recover files from formatted memory card by following these simple instructions:

Step 1: Install Remo Recover on your Windows system and launch it. Select "Recover Drives" option from the main screen.

Formatted Memory Card Recovery - Home Screen

Figure 1: Home Screen

Step 2: On the next window select "Formatted / Reformatted Recovery" option as shown.

Can You Recover a Formatted Memory Card - Select Formatted / Reformatted Recovery

Figure 2: Select Formatted / Reformatted Recovery Option

Step 3: Select the drive of the formatted memory card and click on the right arrow button.

Recover Files From Formatted Memory Card - Select Memory Card Drive

Figure 3: Select Memory Card Drive

Step 4: On next window, select specific file type which you want to retrieve. You can also skip this option by clicking on "Skip" tab.

Can Photos Be Recovered from a Formatted Memory Card - Select File Type

Figure 4: Select File Type

Step 5: At the end of the recovery process you can see the list of recovered files in the preview window.

Memory Card Format Recovery - Recovered Files

Figure 5: Recovered Files

Step 6: Save recovery session to avoid re-scanning of the memory card using "Save" option.

Restoring Formatted Memory Card - Save Recovery Session

Figure 6: Save Recovery Session