How Can I Recover Data from A Memory Card that Asks to Format

Hey, I have an old SD card that I haven’t used for a long time. Today, I connected it to the computer to see what it stores. But when I try to open it on my PC, a message that requires me to format it keeps popping out. Is there any method to recover the data from this SD card? I am really curious about what is inside.

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Finley· Answered on Oct 31, 2023

Here are some tips for you to help you recover data from memory card asks to format:

  • Recover your data with a professional data recovery tool
  • Try CHKDSK Command to check if there is something wrong with the memory card
  • Change the adapter or card reader you are currently using.

There are several ways available to get your data back. But if you want to solve your problem ASAP, it is strongly advised to use a reliable data recovery tool like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro.

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Follow the steps below to recover your data:

Step 1. Download and launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Carefully connect your memory card to the card reader and card reader to the PC. Find and select your memory card and click "Scan".

Step 2. When the scanning process is completed, find your files according to the file format, or you can type in the file name to search. You can click "Preview" to check if they are the wanted files.

Step 3. You can first preview the added files and click “Recover” to start the process. You also need to choose a safe location to store your files.

If you are using a Mac, you can use Disk Utility for help. You can also download the Mac version to help you recover data from your corrupted SD card.

Related article: How to Recover Formatted SD Card [Tested Methods for Windows]

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