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How to Format SD Card without Losing Data

Updated on Aug 14, 2018 by Abby Haines to Format Recovery


This page tells how to format 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 card is a popular storage device which is widely used in digital cameras, mobile phones, camcorders. But sometimes the card might become raw and inaccessible due to certain reasons. In this page, we will introduce you how to recover or export all your files with professional data recovery software and then format SD card without losing data. The solution is also helpful when the same situation happens to a USB drive, pen drive, external hard drive or other storage devices. Hope it is useful!  

Can I convert SD card from raw to NTFS or fat 32 without data loss?

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

Does Raw SD card problem occur frequently in people's life? It can be caused by various reasons like human mistake or system errors and result in unexpected data loss disaster. So you might need to find a reliable raw recovery solution to effectively make raw format fix and retrieve your data from SD card, then format the card for reuse. It is the best way to format raw micro SD card without losing data. Here we recommend you to try EaseUS file recovery software to do this job.  

How to format SD card without losing data?

As we know, formatting will truly allow you to format SD card from raw to fat32 or NTFS, but it can't help recover data. In another word, you will lose all the files on the card after formatting. Therefore, you must get back all important data first 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 simple steps. 

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

1. Connect the RAW SD card to your PC.

2. Launch EaseUS file recovery software and select the RAW SD card location where you lost files and click "Scan".

Choose the file types you want to recover from raw sd card

3. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will start a quick scan to find deleted SD card files.
After the quick scan, a deep scan will automatically start to find more SD card files and data.

Scan the raw sd card to find all the lost data

4. Preview and restore lost SD card files.
You can preview found data by file types, select found SD Card files and click "Recover" to save them to another safe spot in PC/storage device.

Preview and recover data from raw sd card without formatting

Step 2. Format RAW SD card to NFTS/FAT32

After restoring data from RAW SD card, you can now format 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.

Note: If your SD card or USB drive is damaged or corrupted, you can also follow the above two steps to restore data and make USB/SD card to work again.
If you don't want to format the drive, please refer to repair damaged SD card without formatting for help.