How to Recover Data from SD Card that Needs Formatting?


To recover data from SD card, which needs formatting, Remo Recover is the right choice. The software recovers data from the corrupted SD card that asks for formatting before use. Demo version of the software also avails the free preview of the files recovered prior to purchase. Download now!!!

SD cards are no doubt extremely useful in our lives today. Devices such as cameras, mobiles are able to store as much data because of the presence of SD cards.

All data storage devices whether it’s internal and external hard drives or USB’s, they are all subject to corruption and data loss at one point or another and SD cards are no exception. A common type of error message you may encounter with SD cards is ‘You need to format the disk in drive before you can use it. Do you want to format it now?’

As a first step to work around this issue, try connecting the device to a different USB port or try using a different card reader. If it works, it could be that the USB port or the card reader is faulty.

If this doesn’t resolve the issue, you need to resort to other methods. First and foremost, copy all data from the SD card while you still can. With the ‘Format’ error, the card may become inaccessible, and so you will lose all your importane files.

Reasons and potential solutions for ‘Format SD error’:

The error usually occurs if the file system in the device is corrupt. As a first step to resolve the issue, run CHKDSK on the SD card.

  • Connect your SD card to the PC
  • Then note the SD card’s drive letter in My Computer
  • Then click on Windows + X and select Command Prompt (Administrator)
  • In the Command prompt, type CHKDSK : /R

This will check the file system integrity on the SD card and also repair if any corruptions. It will also mark the bad sectors.

Once CHKDSK is run, the file structure is repaired and this should help you resolve the error. However, if the issue still persists, it is recommended that you recover data from the SD card without formatting and then format the card.

If you are receiving the error, data on the card may be inaccessible. In such cases, you will need professional SD card file recovery tools such as Remo Software to recover data from damaged SD card. The software provides complete hard drive recovery solution for all your needs.

Remo SD Card Recovery - Software to restore SD card data without formatting

The software can be used to retrieve data from SD memory card which says it needs to be formatted like in this case. It can also be used to recover data from formatted, re-partitioned and RAW SD card and hard drives. This SD card recovery software can recover photos videos, music files, and other emdia files from memory card without formatting the card in just a few simple steps.

It is an all-in-one tool that performs recovery on all storage devices such as external hard drives, USB’s and memory cards. Refer retrieve data from flash drives that needs to be formatted to recover data from flash drives.

It works on all recent versions of Windows OS including Window 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 etc. There is also a Mac version of the software available called Remo Recover Mac for all the latest Mac OS versions for recovering deleted files and lost files from all types of memory cards.


Steps to recover data from SD card that needs formatting:


Step 1: Connect the SD card to your system. Install and run Remo SD Memory Card Recovery application on your Windows PC and select "Recover Partitions" option from the main screen. Immediately, the tool shows the logical and physical disks available in the system. Choose the drive representing your SD card and click "Scan" button

Recover Data from SD Card that needs Formatting - Main Screen

Figure A: Main Screen

Step 2: Once you click Scan button, the tool starts scanning the SD card to find all its partitions. Once scanning is completed, it shows all the partitions of the SD card. Choose the SD card partition that needs to be formatted which you want to recover and click "Scan" button to begin the recovery process

Retrieve Data from SD Card that Needs Formatting - Choose SD Card Partition that Need to be Formatting

Figure B: Choose SD Card Partition that Need to be Formatting

Step 3: Now the tool scans the SD card to extract all its data. Upon the completion of scanning and recovery process, it shows the recovered files in "Data View", and "File Type View"

How to Recover Data from SD Card without Formatting? - Recovered Data View

Figure C: Recovered Data View

Step 4: At the end of the recovery process, youc an preview the recovered files by right clicking on the file and selecting Preview from the displayed options.

Recover Files from SD Card that Needs Formatted - Preview Recovered Files

Figure D: Preview Recovered Files

Step 5: At last, if you are happy with the recovery results and satisfied with the tool, then purchase the complete edition of the tool and save the recovered files

SD Card Needs to be Formatted Recovery - Save Recovered Data

Figure E: Save Recovered Data