How to Fix TF Card Not Formatted Error

Daisy updated on Jul 12, 2019 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

Common TF card plugin errors include: [1]you need to format the disk in drive; [2]TF card file system format does not meet the requirements. When TF card not formatted error shows in PC, perform data recovery with EaseUS memory card recovery software, and then fix it.

TF card, known as micro SD card nowadays, is a tiny mobile device memory card. The most popular brands are SanDisk, Kingston, PNY, Lexar, Samsung, and Huawei. It's fantastic to have extended storage on an Android smartphone. With sufficient storage, we could take pictures, make videos, download apps and music as many as we want. The card is removable, and most of us have frequently tried to unplug it off from a device and then plug in another device or PC. After several times, especially each time you did not take out the card in standard operation, you would encounter the common TF card not formatted error. 

If the below error message appears after you insert your TF card into the PC, you should take the data very carefully, because formatting will erase everything on your drive leaving it blank.

you need to format the cf card before you can use it

How to Recover Data from TF Card

There are a few common causes for TF card not formatted error, but the most commonly seen one is a sudden unplugging. Many people tend to remove the card from digital products while the process is still on. This action would potentially damage the card and corrupt files. If bad manners cause the damage and any one of the error messages happens, you have two options to skip the prompt: format the disk immediately or cancel.

In Windows 7: The disk in drive X is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?
In Windows 10: You need to format the disk in drive X before you can use it. Do you want to format it?

How to make a choice? Formatting the card means a complete data loss, while cancel does nothing to help. The next time you click the drive, the prompt message shows up again, and you cannot open the card or copy data for a backup at all.

First, recover data and then try formatting. This is the most protected way to fix a not formatted TF card without losing data. 

To recover data from an inaccessible card, you could use a third-party data recovery program. What if you missed this protection part and directly formatted the drive before data recovery? Take it easy, you are still able to recover data from a formatted SD card with software. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a specialized data recovery utility that serves millions of customers in the world, to recover data from all kinds of storage media devices.

No matter it's a drive with a formatting error or you've formatted the drive and lost data, feel free to download the software and start data recovery as soon as possible. With EaseUS hard drive recovery software, you could recover 100+ types of files, such as pictures, videos, audio, emails, documents...

The overall steps to recover lost data:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer. And then, select a location, which can be on a hard disk drive, an external USB flash drive/micro SD card or a specific folder on Desktop or somewhere else. Click on the Scan button.

select a location

Step 2. You'll see more and more data is showing up during the scan. You can check the "Deleted files" quick result during the scan if it's for deleted file recovery. 

scan lost data

Step 3. Click "Filter" to quickly filter photos, documents, videos and other specific types of files. And lastly, select the wanted data and click on the Recover button.

select data and click recover
Do You Need Specialized Data Recovery Services?
You may need further help for tough data loss situations like reformatting drive, RAW disk, partition loss, repartition failures and system boot error. Consult with EaseUS Data Recovery Experts for cost-efficient one-on-one manual recovery service. They could offer the following services after FREE diagnosis:
1. Unformat the drive
2. Repair the RAID, RAW disk or operating system
3. Recover lost partition (the one that cannot be recovered by software)

How to Fix TF Card Not Formatted Error

After the 3-step data recovery, you have successfully transferred data from the inaccessible TF card to a safe place. Next, try reformatting the problematic card in Windows Disk Management.

  • Press Windows key and R simultaneously.
  • Type diskmgmt.msc in the empty box and click OK.
  • In the Disk Management pane, locate the drive that represents your TF card and choose 'Format...'
  • Complete the format wizard, choose a proper file system and check 'perform a quick format'.
  • Click OK.

Usually, a quick format will help fix a temporarily not working storage drive, however, if your SD card is not detectable in Windows, you need to take further actions to fix a damaged SD card.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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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