How to Recover Files from the Formatted SD Card in a Proven Way

Tracy King updated on Nov 22, 2019 to Resource | How-to Articles


After you accidentally formatted your SD card, it is inevitable that you will need to recover files from the formatted SD card if it contained the important data. To do it successfully, you just need EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard - the reliable and powerful formatted SD card recovery tool.

SD Card Format Recovery

What Does 'Format SD Card' Mean

Formatting an SD card is the process of preparing the storage device for data storage. It achieves the goal by deleting the existing data and information on the SD card and assigning a new file system for the device. Generally, when you get a new SD card, it's pre-formatted and is ready for use. But there are situations in which you need to format your SD card manually in order to use it as normal.

When Do You Need to Format an SD Card

There are three common situations in which you may format your storage device.

  • To remove a virus on your SD card
  • To allocate a new file system that is compatible with your computer
  • To fix errors like "You need to format the disk in drive", "The disk is not formatted" or "SD card showing the wrong size"

In most of the cases, users format the SD card without backing up the device in advance, either because they don't know formatting will erase its data or because they are not able to do so for there is an error existing on the SD card preventing them from making a backup. That's the main reason why so many users, including you now, are looking for the way to recover a formatted SD card.

How to Recover Formatted SD Card

You CAN successfully recover files from the formatted SD card as long as you don't overwrite the data with new content. It's no doubt that you will lose all the files on the SD card after you format it. However, that doesn't mean the data is totally erased. When you format an SD card, you delete the entries of the existing files and then you have no access to them, but the data is still there. Thus, with the help of hard drive recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, you can recover all the files from the formatted SD card or other memory card types. This data recovery software is frequently used to:

  • Recover data lost due to accidental deletion, formatting, virus attack, disk becoming RAW...
  • Recover files from computer hard drives, external hard drives, USB flash drives, SD cards, and more
  • Recover files like photos, videos, audio files, Microsoft files, Adobe files, etc.

To help you recover your formatted SD card, both video tutorial and detailed steps are provided, choose the one you prefer to follow.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Select the formatted SD card and then click "Scan".

select the sd card and click scan

Step 2. Wait for EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to scan all the files on your SD card. When the scanning process has done, you can see all the formatted files from your SD card. Double-click to view the items if you need to. The "Filter" and "Search" function could do you a favor if you have difficulty in finding wanted files.

select wanted sd card files

Step 3. Choose the files you want to recover from your formatted SD card and click "Recover". Then a new window will appear in which you need to choose the location to store the files. Choose a location and click "OK".

recover data from formatted sd card
The quicker you perform SD card format recovery, the higher chance you will get your files back. Once your SD card is overwritten, you will lose the chance to recover files from formatted SD card forever. Thus, stop using the SD card immediately and recover your formatted SD card as soon as possible. 

Why Third-Party Software Is Necessary to Recover Formatted SD Card

Some of you may think using CMD is an alternative way to recover files from a formatted SD card and want to know how to use command prompt for data recovery because it's free. However, the only situation in which you can recover lost files using cmd that the files are hidden on your devices, not deleted, formatted, or emptied. To make it clear, I will show you an example. You may be told that a command like this "attrib –h –r –s /s /d *.*" can recover your formatted SD card. Actually, the "-h" option is used to clear the hidden attribute, the "-r" option to clear the read-only attribute, and the "-s" option to clear the system attribute. That is why you can only use the command to recover hidden files on your device and why you need data recovery software to recover formatted files.

Being 100% secure, virus-free, and plug-in free, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a good choice for formatted SD card recovery.

Recommend for You: Back Up the SD Card to Avoid Future Data Loss

Although recovering files from a formatted SD card with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is useful, it's always better to nip the data loss in the bud. In everyday life, our data gets lost not just by formatting but also by accidental deletion, virus attack, hard drive damage, power rages, etc. That reminds us of the importance of data backup. To back up files on a storage device like the SD card, you have three choices:

  • Manually Copy and Paste Files

This method is easy to operate but time-consuming when you have large files to transfer.

  • Back Up the Device with Third-Party Software

Free backup software like EaseUS Todo Backup can help you effectively make a backup of the files on a device with simple steps. With the software, you can back up your SD card regularly and automatically. It reduces the risk of losing data on your storage device to a great extent.

  • Back Up the SD Card to Cloud Storage

Cloud storage is also a choice for users to make a copy of their files and easy to do. However, the free cloud storage is generally limited and once the data lost from the cloud storage, it's hard to get it back.

In addition to backing up your files regularly, you should also grow a good habit of using the storage device correctly to prevent data loss on your SD card.

The Bottom Line

With the widespread use of SD cards, data loss on this storage device occurs almost daily due to various reasons, mainly accidental formatting. Unlike recovering deleted files on a computer hard drive, which can be easily done using Recycle Bin, retrieving data from a formatted SD card needs the help of third-party software. Other than getting a trustworthy tool to recover files from the formatted SD card, you should also pay attention to data loss prevention, which is to back up your precious files elsewhere.


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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

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"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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