How to Unformat SD Card?

Updated on June 23, 2020

Unformat SD card freeware Remo Recover offers safe and hassle-free recovery of deleted or lost files from formatted SD memory cards of all popular brands and types including Samsung, SanDisk, Transcend, Sony, Kingston, etc. You can use the demo version for free.


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How to Unformat SD Card

Formatting an SD card clears all data from the card. We’ll compare deleting and formatting to help you understand the concept of formatting. The main difference between deleting and formatting is that deleting only removes the pointers to the file and the actual file still remains on the card. On the other hand, formatting clears data on the card and prepares it for use.

So, when you format a card, all data on it is wiped out. While it is good practise to format a card occasionally to maintain the health of an SD card, it is important that you have a backup.

Sometimes, there may be situations where you accidentally format your SD card and you don’t have a backup. Whereas in other circumstances, when the SD card is corrupted severely, you are prompted with an format error message saying "SD card is not formatted, do you want to format it now?" In such an instance, other than formatting the card, yoou doesn't have any other option to make further usage of the SD card. And you are not allowed to backup your files in such an instance. If you have formatted your SD card in these two circumstances, and want to recover your data, then Remo Recover would be an ideal tool, as it recoevrs data from formatted, reformatted, and corrupted SD cards with utmost ease.

Note Please stop using the formatted SD card and dont write anything on it. Otherwise all the formatted data will be overwritten and the chances of complete data recovery from formatted SD card decreases.

Remo SD Card Recovery - Free Tool to Unformat SD Card:

Remo Recover offers a great tool to recover data from formatted SD cards. It can basically be used as a tool to unformat SD cards.

The software works on a read only mechanism, so there is no change to the original files after recovery.

The unique quality of this software is that it can be used with many kinds of storage devices such as USB’s, external hard drives etc. Refer unformat external hard drive for more details. To use the software with HDD’s, refer unformat Windows 10 HDD for more info on the steps.

Various types of files such as Office documents, photos, music etc. can be recovered using the software. All types of memory cards such as SD card, CF card, XD card, etc. are supported. This is not a complete list, but all popular brands such as Kingston, SanDisk, Transcend etc. are supported.

How to Recover Formatted SD card with Remo Recover:

Remo Recover software is fully compatible with all versions of Windows OS such as Windows 10/8/7.  Just download the tool for free to perform formatted SD card recovery or unformat Windows 10 HDD and recover files now.

Step 1: Connect the formatted SD card to PC, launch Remo Recover and select “Recover Partitions” option from the main screen, & then choose the SD card from the list of available drives and click "Scan" option.

Click on Recover Partitions option to unformat the SD memory card

Step 2: Now, the software scans the SD card to find the previous formatted file systems and extract files from it. Once scanning is complete, it shows all its previously present partitions with file systems. Choose the formatted SD card partition and click "Scan" button to begin the recovery process

Searching for Previous File System

Step 3: Upon the completion of scanning & recovery process, a list of recovered files are displayed. You cna view the recovered files in two formats "Data View", and "File Type View"

Recovered Data View

Step 4: You can also preview the recoverable file by right clicking on the file and selecting Preview from the displayed options.

Preview recovered files after unformatting SD card

Step 5: Finally, if you are satisfied with the tool, then purchase the complete version of the tool and save the recovered files

Save Recovered Files

Note- Do not save the recovered files to original SD memory card to avoid the lost files from being overwritten.

Remo Recover helps in all possible scenarios where user's format their SD card:

  • Corruption in SD card will result in inaccessibility of data stored on it which in turn force you to format the card
  • Mishandling of SD card or severe virus infection on memory card could result in format errors
  • Abrupt removal of SD card while transferring files could damage its file system and make those files unreadable
  • Intentionally formatting SD card when encounter several errors during file system conversion


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