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How to Recover Files from Formatted SD Card in Proven Ways

Updated on Mar 18, 2019 by Tracy King to Storage Media Recovery


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 most effective formatted SD card recovery tool or CMD - the built-in application in Windows.

With the widespread use of SD cards, data loss on this storage device occurs almost daily due to various reasons, mainly accidental formatting. What can you do to retrieve lost data after accidentally formatting an SD Card? Generally speaking, there are two proven ways you can apply to recover files from a formatted SD card. The more straightforward way is to use the professional SD card recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. While if you are familiar with the command line, you can also recover formatted SD card using CMD.

The Easier Way - Recover Formatted SD Card with Data Recovery Software
The More Complex Way - Recover Files from Formatted SD Card Using CMD

Part 1. Recover Files from Formatted SD Card with Data Recovery Software

As one of the best data recovery software for Windows, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is your optimal choice for formatted SD card recovery. Why? With the fast scanning speed, excellent scanning depth, and a high overall data recovery success rate up to 97.3%, EaseUS data recovery software outrank its numerous equivalents and the most popular choice for users who have lost data in tough data loss situations. Undoubtedly, it will help you recover your formatted SD card successfully as long as you don't overwrite the lost data with new content. Now, download and install it on your computer and follow the video tutorial or detailed steps to recover data from your formatted SD card immediately.

Video Tutorial: Recover files from formatted SD card with EaseUS Data Recovery software

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is really easy to use and suitable for all levels of users. You just need to answer two simple questions: which type of files you have lost and where you have lost the files, then the software will find all the lost files for you. After that, you can preview and selectively recover the files you want. Formatted file recovery is one of the many things EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can do for you. It also allows you to recover files after emptying recycle bin, system crash, OS reinstallation, and more from your computer hard drive, external hard drive, memory card, and other storage devices.

Detailed Steps: Recover Data from Formatted SD Card with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

Step 1. Use a card reader to connect the micro SD card to your computer so that Windows can recognize the card and assign it a drive letter.

Step 2. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Under "External Devices", select the SD card that you performed a quick format on it. Then, Click "Scan".

select your sd card and click scan

Step 3. Wait until the scan is over. And check the results in "Lost Partition Files" at first. Also, check the other results as well if necessary.

scan the lost data on the sd card

Select the wanted files. A double click allows you to preview the files before recovery. Next, click "Recover" after making the decision.

select files and click recover

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. So there is no time for you to regret not taking good care or backing up the SD card, stop using the SD card immediately and recover your formatted SD card as soon as possible. 

Part 2. Recover Files from Formatted SD Card Using CMD

CMD, also known as the command prompt, is used to issue various commands to the Windows operating system. Many users know CMD but may not know how to use command prompt for data recovery. Here is the way:

Step 1. Insert your SD card into a card reader and connect the card reader to your computer.

Step 2. Check the drive letter of your SD card via This PC.

Step 3. Click the search icon in the taskbar, enter "cmd", then right-click "Command Prompt" and choose "Run as administrator".

Step 4. Enter chkdsk F: /f  in Command Prompt. (Replace F: with the drive letter of your formatted SD card.)

Step 5. Enter Y and then enter the drive letter of your SD card.

Step 6. Enter F: \ >attrib –h –r –s /s /d *.* (F still means the drive letter or your SD card) and CMD will recover all files from your formatted SD card.

Recover Files from Formatted SD Card

If you are not quite familiar with CMD, you may encounter a lot of problems while using it. To prevent this from happening, we recommend you try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard first, which will help you find all your lost files from the formatted SD card and allows you to recover data selectively. Don't hesitate to give it a try.