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How to Format SD Card without Losing Data

Updated on Dec 27, 2018 by Abby Haines to Format Recovery


This page explains how to format an SD card without losing data when the SD card becomes inaccessible with the RAW file system or gets corrupted/damaged. Follow to see how to format your SD card without losing data now.

SD cards are a popular storage device which are commonly used in digital cameras, mobile phones, and camcorders. Sometimes the card becomes RAW and inaccessible due to certain reasons. In this page, we will introduce a method to recover or export all your files with professional data recovery software and then format an SD card without losing data. The solution is also applicable when the same situation happens on a USB drive, pen drive, external hard drive, or other storage devices. Hope it is useful!  

Can I convert an SD card from RAW to NTFS or FAT 32 without data loss

My SD card shows that there is RAW file system on my camera. When I insert it into my laptop, an error message pops up saying "Micro sd card is not formatted, do you want to format it now?" I know I've encountered the infamous Micro SD card not formatted error. Can I convert RAW to NTFS or fat 32 and recover files from SD card?

The Raw SD card problem occurs frequently to camera and phone users? It can be caused by a variety of reasons, such as human mistakes or system errors, and results in unexpected data loss disasters. So you might need to find a reliable raw recovery solution to retrieve your data from an SD card and fix the RAW format. Doing this, recovering the data then formatting the card for reuse is the best way to format raw micro SD card without losing data. We recommend you use EaseUS file recovery software to do the job.

How to format an SD card without losing data

As we know, formatting will allow you to format an SD card from RAW to FAT32 or NTFS, but it can't help recover the data on the card. Therefore, you must get all the important files back before formatting the micro SD card. Being powerful and easy-to-use, EaseUS file recovery software is your best choice for SD card raw recovery. It can help you fully recover formatted SD card data and files with RAW file system without formatting. The process just takes a few simple steps. 

Step 1. Restore data from RAW/inaccessible SD card without formatting

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.

Step 2. Format RAW SD card to NFTS/FAT32

After restoring data from RAW SD card, you can now format the RAW SD card to NTFS or FAT32 without losing pictures and data:

  1. 1. Connect RAW SD card to PC and open This PC/My Computer;
  2. 2. Find and right-click on RAW Android SD card, select Format ;
  3. 3. Reset the file system of SD card to NTFS or FAT32 if necessary, click Start and click OK to confirm the operation.
If your SD card or USB drive is damaged or corrupted, you can also follow the two steps above to restore your data and make the USB/SD card work again. If you don't want to format the drive, please refer to repair damaged SD card without formatting for help.