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How to unformat SD Card and Recover Data

Updated on Nov 27, 2018 by Tracy King to Format Recovery

Summary

Don't worry if you lost important data after formatting memory card, SD card or USB drive etc devices by mistake. This article will show you 2 methods to unformat SD card and restore lost data due to accidental formatting by using powerful format recovery software and CMD command.

What Happens When You Format An SD Card

You may meet the following dilemma situation in which you need to recover data from an accidentally formatted memory card: you were so troubled by the disordered pictures in the messed camera and acted a sudden impulse. you formatted the memory card to clear the mess. However, after memory card format, you may find some precious family photos, say, family vacations to Mexico, Bahamas, New Zealand, New York City, etc. or any other important files are all gone. If so, you need to unformat the memory card.

However, some people may tell you it is unable to unformat the memory card. They think that you can't get those pictures back if the format is done. When it's done, it's done...and gone forever. And others also keep in mind that to format a memory card means to totally erase everything on it and it can not be unformatted. In fact, things go to the contrary. If you accidentally or mistakenly formatted the memory card, memory stick, hard drive, SD card, USB drive or some other storage media, you still have chances to get data back.

To format a memory card does not really erase the data on it. The data is not immediately destroyed and they still exist in the data area. If the data area is not overwritten by the new content, you will successfully unformat the memory card. Data recovery software can search the data area to find out the formatted data and restore them. If the formatted data is overwritten, then no one can help you to unformat the memory card, memory stick, hard drive, SD card, USB drive, etc.

How to Unformat A Memory Card

If you formatted the memory card by mistake, please stop using the memory card immediately because if the data is overwritten, it is difficult to recover.

Do you need to unformat memory card, memory stick, hard drive, SD card, USB drive, etc? If so, you are at the right place. This article will introduce unformat software and CMD command for computer users to unformat their formatted memory card, memory stick, hard drive, SD card, USB drive, etc. Just follow either one offered methods below to restore data from formatted SD card now:

Solution 1. Use format recovery software

And here we strongly recommend you to use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, an easy recovery software to restore the formatted memory card or recover formatted USB hard drive, unformat memory stick, hard drive, SD card, USB drive, etc. Compared with other data recovery software, this one has a powerful search function to search formatted data in the data area. It will find out all your lost data after format in the condition that it is not overwritten.

Data Recovery Wizard supports all hardware raid, hard drive, SD card, and memory card, memory stick etc. You will get an amazing result if you use it to unformat the formatted memory card, memory stick, hard drive, SD card, USB drive, etc. Here is the detailed guide.

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

With the powerful search function to find lost data, Data Recovery Wizard is a perfect choice to unformat memory card, memory stick, hard drive, SD card, USB drive, etc.

Method 2. Use Command Prompt

1. Press Win + R keys or go to Search and type: cmd, hit Enter to open Command Prompt window;
2. Type: chkdsk E: /f and hit Enter; (Replace E with the drive letter of the formatted SD card where you lost data;)
3. Type: Y and hit Enter to continue;
4. Type: E and hit Enter again; (Replace E with the drive letter of the formatted SD card;)
5. Type: E:\>attrib -h -r -s /s /d *.* and hit Enter; (Replace E with the drive letter of the formatted SD card where you lost files or data.)

After this, you shall be able to view and check all data on the formatted SD memory card by then.