Solution: How to Repair Memory Card Not Formatted

Abby Haines updated on Aug 04, 2019 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles


Go through two steps to safely remove 'memory card not formatting' error without causing data loss. [step 1] Recover data from not formatted SD card; [step 2] Download SD card formatter to format memory card when it is not formatting.

A RAW issue with the error message "you need to format the disk", "disk not formatted" can happen to memory cards or SD cards unexpectedly and bring you trouble while accessing your device and data. It usually occurs because your device is corrupted. On this page, a step-by-step tutorial will show you how to fix or repair a memory card that shows "not formatted" error without losing data. These solutions can also fix format errors that happened to other removable devices like SD card, external hard drive, USB flash drive, etc.

First. Recover data from memory card format error

When a memory card shows not formatted error, you should first retrieve your data if you have important data on the device and then format the device to fix the issue. EaseUS disk data recovery is a great tool that can help you. If you are thinking about how to repair a memory card without formatting to protect your data, just try this safer way. It can help with data recovery in all the following situations:

To recover data from "memory card not formatted" before fixing the error:

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
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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)

Second. Repair a memory card that cannot be formatted with error

After recovering your data, you can try to repair the memory card format error by formatting it in Windows. But sometimes, you may encounter a memory card format problem with Windows saying it was unable to complete the format or other error messages. Here you can download EaseUS partition software for free, a powerful memory card format problem solution software. It works well to repair memory card not formatted error. 

To repair memory card not formatted with EaseUS partition tool:


Step 1: Open EaseUS Partition Master. Find your SD card and right-click the partition you want to format and choose "Format".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: Set a new partition label, file system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: Click "OK" on the pop-up window to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button on the toolbar, then click "Apply" to start formatting your SD card.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

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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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