Sony Format Recovery: Recover Formatted Photos from Sony Camera

Tracy King updated on Aug 19, 2019 to Data Recovery Solution | How-to Articles


When you formatted Sony camera memory card by mistake and lost all photos and video, calm down. EaseUS file recovery software is available here to help you recover formatted photos and videos from Sony camera memory card in 3 simple steps.

"Hi there, does anyone know a way that can help me to recover all lost photos after formatting a Sony camera memory card? 

I came across a memory card not formatted error on Sony camera, and I did the format without backing up photos and videos. If you happen to know how to restore the formatted pictures from my Sony camera, help please!”

Sony camera shows "format error", and lost all photos, help!

Like most cameras, Sony camera requires users to format the memory SD card when they first use a new card. Sometimes, users also have to format the Sony camera memory card due to some internal errors, as listed here:

  • Format error
  • Unable to display
  • Unable to read memory card
  • Image DataBase File error
  • This memory card can not be used, card may be damaged

You can follow the steps below to fix the memory card error on Sony Camera:

1. Take out the Sony camera memory card, check if the memory card is locked. If yes, unlock it.

Unlock camera memory card

2. Reinsert the memory card back to the camera and turn on the camera. Check whether the memory card is all right.

3. If no, take out your memory card and connect it to your computer, copying all detectable photos and videos to your PC.

4. Insert the memory card back to the camera again, go to the Menu bar and select the last section.

5. Select the "Format" option, click it and select "Enter" to confirm that you want to format the card.

Format memory card on Sony camera.

Wait for the process to complete, and then you'll be able to use the memory card on your Sony camera to retake photos.

However, sometimes, when the memory card becomes inaccessible to the computer, you can view nothing on it. 

Also, there is a certain number of users who have forgotten to back up photos and videos in advance but directly format the memory card instead. 

So how to restore photos, videos from Sony camera before or after formatting the memory card? Read on, and EaseUS file recovery software will offer you a professional solution.

Sony camera format recovery tips

Before you start the Sony format recovery process, EaseUS software would like to offer you two reliable tips to prevent further file loss:

# 1. Stop using the Sony memory card

Once you find photos or videos lost on the memory card, unplug the card and stop using it immediately.

# 2. Download photo recovery software for help

With professional photo recovery software, you can effectively restore photos from inaccessible or formatted memory card with ease. 

Here you can try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, which is featured with Quick and Deep Scan modes, being able to scan and find all files on the memory card deeply.

1. If the photos and videos on your camera are less than 2GB, you can apply EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free for help.
All you need is to share the data recovery experience by this software to Facebook or Twitter to gain the full recovery capacity.
2. If you choose the Pro version, you'll need to activate it first for unlimited file recovery. You can directly purchase a license code from EaseUS software.

Recover Formatted Photos/Videos from Sony Camera Memory Card

After installing EaseUS photo recovery software on your computer, connect the Sony camera memory card to your PC in advance. Then follow the video tutorial or guide steps below to recover the lost or formatted photos and videos from the Sony camera memory card:

Step 1. Select the memory card and scan

Connect the memory card to your computer and launch EaseUS card recovery software on your PC. Click "Scan" to start looking for your lost data.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Wait for the scanning process to finish.

After the scanning process, you can check and filter wanted files in this program. Click "Filter" if you are looking for a specific file type.

select the memeory card files

Step 3. Recover wanted files.

You can directly double-click the files to preview and see if the files are all right. After this, you can choose wanted files and click "Recover" to restore them to a secure location on your PC or other external storage devices.

recover memeory card files
Do You Need Specialized Data Recovery Services?
You may need further help for tough data loss situations like reformatting drive, RAW disk, partition loss, repartition failures and system boot error. Consult with EaseUS Data Recovery Experts for cost-efficient one-on-one manual recovery service. They could offer the following services after FREE diagnosis:
1. Unformat the drive
2. Repair the RAID, RAW disk or operating system
3. Recover lost partition (the one that cannot be recovered by software)

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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

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"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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