[Easy & Safe] How to Format SD Card for GoPro Hero 7

Cedric Grantham updated on Jul 03, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


If you want to format the SD card for GoPro Hero 7 for first use or better performance after a period of use, you can resort to the method provided here. More than this, you can also find the solution to recover files from formatted SD card on GoPro Hero 7 with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

"How can I format SD card for GoPro Hero 7 black? I could do it in Hero 5 but can't find the option in the 7."

Formatting the GoPro's SD card is a fundamental and useful function. Causes for formatting an SD Card with HERO7 might be one of the following.  

  • Format SD card for the first use
  • Free up space after offloading photos and videos
  • Fix SD card file system corruption
  • Solve malware or virus attacks

How to Format SD Card for GoPro Hero 7 White/Silver/Black

Formatting SD card for GoPro Hero 7 will remove all footage and files on it. To avoid data loss, make sure you back up the great pictures and videos on the SD card in advance.

1. Turn on your GoPro Hero 7.

2. Swipe down from the top of the screen, and tap on the "Preferences" icon.

3. Swipe up on the screen and tap the "Reset" option.

4. Tap on "Format SD Card."

5. Tap on "Format."

6. Record a short video to check if the device works properly.

Through the above steps, you can complete the SD card formatting with Hero 7. If you have any data loss from the SD card due to format, don't fret, you can use the EaseUS SD card data recovery tool to get what lost back. Before you start the data recovery, don't record a new video to your GoPro SD card. Otherwise, the lost files may be overwritten.

How to Recover Files from Formatted SD Card on GoPro Hero 7

EaseUS disk data recovery software is easy to use to perform formatted recovery, including formatted SD card, hard drive/partition, external hard drive, USB/Pen drive, CF card, etc. It will help you recover files from formatted SD card on GoPro Hero 7 successfully as long as you don't cover the lost data with new content.

Now, download and install this professional data recovery tool on your computer and follow the video and text tutorials on recovering formatted SD card for GoPro Hero 7.

Stop using your SD card immediately once you lost files on it. Continuing using the card would hugely increase the chance of data overwriting, which makes data unrecoverable.

Step 1: Connect the SD card to PC

Insert the SD card to a card reader, and connect the card reader with your SD card to a healthy computer.

Step 2: Run SD card recovery software and scan the card.

  • Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your PC and select your SD card under the External Devices column.
  • Then click Scan to start finding lost data on your SD card now.
Run SD card recovery software.

Step 3: Check found SD card data.

After the scanning process, you can preview and find your lost SD card files from below listed tabs:

  • Deleted Files: List your deleted files there.
  • Drive X: All lost files can be found here.
  • Lost Partition Files: Check first if it's for formatted recovery.
  • Extra Files: Finds files that lost names or paths.

And you can use Filter and Search to quickly find your files.

Find lost SD card files.

Step 4: 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 an external storage.
Restore lost SD card files.

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  • Supports FAT12/16/32, exFAT, NTFS, NTFS5, HFS+, ReFS, ext2/ext3
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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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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