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

Posted by Juno to RAW Drive Data Recovery on June 8th, 2017

Hey guys, I took lots of pictures with my camera's SD card while on vacation. However, the SD card encountered problem when I was trying to open it on my laptop. It said that the SD card is not formatted. I was wondering whether formatting the card would make me lose all the pictures. Is there any method to fix SD card not formatted error and recover my pictures from it?

When connect SD card to PC, you may have encounter error messages such as "The SD card is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?", "The SD card is not formatted", or "SD card is not accessible". At most times, when you receive messages like the above, you have got into the trouble of SD card not formatted. Under this condition, if you have any data that you don't want to lose, you should avoid formatting the SD card. Once you format the not formatted SD card, it's less likely to get the lost data back.

If you are looking for method to recover data from SD card not formatted, you are at the right place. This passage will tell you the possible causes of SD card not formatted error, how to fix SD card not formatted error and get your lost data back.

Possible causes and solution of SD card not formatted error

SD card not formatted is also called RAW SD card, which means the SD card is not ready to be used with the Operating System or the SD card has been damaged and the data stored on it is no longer readable.

RAW SD card may be caused by many reasons, such as bad sectors, file system error, sudden power outage, improper ejection or any other inappropriate operation. In general, these reasons can be divided into file system error and physical damage. To recover data from RAW SD card, this passage offers you two methods:

If the problem of your SD card is caused by file system error, you can recover data from RAW SD card with data recovery software.

If the problem of your SD card is caused by physical damage, data recovery software can't solveit and what you should do is send the SD card to a local data recovery company for help.

Actually, most of the users can't distinguish whether their SD card not formatted is caused by file system error or physical damage. Thus you can just try data recovery software firstly, and then turn to technicians for help if you failed to recover data by yourself.

How to fix SD card not formatted error?

To fix SD card not formatted error, you should recover data from RAW SD card at the first step, and then format the RAW SD card to prepare it for future use.

Step 1: Recover data from RAW SD card with iBoysoft Data Recovery

The only assisting tool you need is iBoysoft Data Recovery, the best data recovery software that can recover data from RAW SD card, formatted SD card, corrupted SD card, inaccessible SD card, recover deleted files even if emptied from Recycle Bin, etc. in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003.

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Finish the following steps to get your lost data back.

1. Download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery on the computer. Then connect the RAW SD card to the computer with a card reader.

2. Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery, and select the RAW SD card.

	Recover data from SD card not formatted

3. Click "Next" to search for lost files on the RAW SD card.

4. Preview the scanning results, choose those you want, and click "Recover" button to recover data from RAW SD card.

5. Have a check to ensure you have restored all needed data.

Besides to recover data from not formatted SD card, iBoysoft Data Recovery can also recover data from not formatted USB flash drive, not formatted external hard drive, recover data from inaccessible SD card, inaccessible hard drive, inaccessible exteral hard drive, inaccessible USB flash drive, etc.

Step 2: Format the RAW SD card

After recovering data from RAW SD card, just format the RAW SD card. The SD card not formatted error will be fixed soon after format.

1. Go to My Computer, This PC or Disk Management, and right click the RAW SD card to select "Format".

2. Set format information such as file system, allocation unit size, volume label, format options (the default format option is Quick Format).

3. Click "Start", the format operation will be completed quickly.

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