Recover Photos and Videos from Formatted DJI Mavic SD Card

Tracy King updated on Sep 06, 2019 to Data Recovery Solution | How-to Articles


When you lost photos and videos on your DJI Mavic drone after formatting its SD card as an error message keeps popping up, telling you that you need to format the SD card. EaseUS file recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard will help you undo the format and restore lost photos, videos from the formatted DJI Mavic SD card with ease.

How to Format DJI Mavic SD Card without Losing Data
How to Recover Formatted DJI Mavic SD Card Data
Tips to Protect DJI Mavic Data from Formatting

Applies to: SD card on DJI Mavic 2/Air/Pro Platinum/Pro, other series of DJI Drones, GoPro and other brands of Drones.

How to Format DJI Mavic SD Card without Losing Data

"SD card error: DJI Mavic 2 warned that it can't initialize the SD card. I have to format the SD card but I don't want to. I plug the SD card to my computer, and the system still prompted a formatting request. It's possible to format the SD card without losing photos and videos?"

"I bought a new Drone last week. It was DJI Mavic 2. When I insert my old SD card to the camera, it asked me to format the card and I did so. All my videos and photos in the SD card were all gone. Can I unformat the SD card and recover all lost files?"

As many Drone fans know that when they insert a new SD card into the Drone camera, the camera will require you to format the card. So it is to the DJI Drones. If it's a new card, all you need is to format the card using the Drone camera or your PC.

If it's an old Drone SD card, back up or copy important photos and videos to your computer or another storage device. Then execute the operation and you won't lose any data.

How to Recover Formatted DJI Mavic SD Card Data

However, many users don't have the awareness of creating copies of essential files on Drone camera SD card. If you have already formatted your SD card in DJI Mavic Drone camera, losing many important photos and videos, don't worry. EaseUS file recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard can help. It enables you to fully scan and restore all lost SD card files within only 3 steps.

If your lost DJI Mavic SD card files - videos and photos are less than 2GB, you can turn to EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition. It works the same as the pro version. 

Download and install this software on your PC, follow the brief guidelines to see how to restore your SD card data:

Step 1. Run SD card recovery software and scan the card.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your PC and select your SD card. Then click "Scan" to start finding lost data on your SD card.

select the sd card and click scan

Step 2. Check found SD card data.

After the scanning process, you can click "Filter" to quickly find wanted files.

find wanted sd card files

Step 3. Restore SD card data.

You can check and preview found files by double-clicking each one of them. Then click Recover to save found SD card files to a secure location on your PC or external storage.

recover sd card files

Notice: Don't save the restored photos and videos to the original SD card before making sure it usable again on your Drone. This file recovery software can also be applied to recover deleted photos from SD card

Do You Need Specialized Data Recovery Services?
You may need further help for tough data loss situations like format errors, RAW disk, partition loss, repartition failures and system boot error. Consult with EaseUS Data Recovery Experts to retrieve lost data in time.

Tips to Protect DJI Mavic Data from Formatting

A major cause of data loss on Drones is formatting. Is there any method that can help to protect your Drone DJI Mavic data? A useful way to prevent data loss due to formatting is to create a backup of essential files on DJI Drones in advance. 

To do so, you have two options:

1. Manually copy photos and videos on DJI Mavic SD card to another storage device.

2. Turn to free backup software to back up all files on the SD card at one time.

We'd like to recommend you to use EaseUS Todo Backup Free to regularly back up your fancy photos and videos to your computer or another storage device with ease:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and then choose backup mode "Disk/Partition Backup".

Image of EaseUS Todo Backup

Step 2. Select the backup destination, or it will choose the most suitable location by default.

EaseUS Todo Backup guides to backup partition in Windows 10

Step3. Click "Proceed" to complete the whole process.


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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