Solution: How to Repair Memory Card Not Formatted

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.

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Repair memory card not formatted error using Diskpart

Quick Fix To Repair Memory Card Not Formatted with Diskpart:

  • Press Windows + R shortcut.
  • Input cmd in the pop window and click OK.
  • Type Diskpart > list disk > select disk 1 > clean > create partition primary > format fs = ntfs quick
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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.

Reasons for memory card not formatting

  • Bad sectors in the memory card. (You can use EaseUS Partition Master to do a surface test.)
  • The memory card is write-protected. (You can only read but not write data in the memory card.)
  • The virus attacks the memory card.
  • Improper install.
  • Sudden power failure during data writing, editing, or reading.

First. Recover data from memory card not formatted 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 it. EaseUS disk data recovery is a great tool that can help you.

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Try this safer way if you are thinking about how to repair a memory card without formatting to protect your data. It can help with data recovery in all the following situations:

Follow the tutorial video and a step-by-step guide to recover data from "memory card not formatted" before fixing the error:

Step 1. Select the formatted USB and click "Scan".

select the usb drive and click scan

Step 2. During the scan process, data will appear in the results area.

When the scan is completed, you can click "Filter" to find specific types of files and look for your lost data in the "Other Lost Files" or "Files Lost Original Name" folders shown in the left pane.

select wanted files

Step 3. Preview the files by double-clicking them one by one. Select the wanted files and click "Recover".

recover files from the formatted usb
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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 memory card not formatted 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. 

The formatting operation will erase your data totally. 

Method 1: To repair memory card not formatted with EaseUS partition tool:

  • Right-click the external drive or USB you intend to format and choose "Format".
  • Set the Partition label, File system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3/EXT4/exFAT), and Cluster size, then click "OK".
  • Click "OK" to continue.
  • Click the "Execute Operation" button and click "Apply" to format the hard drive partition.

Method 2: To repair memory card not formatted with Diskpart

Diskpart is a powerful tool to format sd card in Windows 10. However, the formatting process needs more steps than method 1. Be patient about diskpart steps.

1. Press Windows + R shortcut.

2. Input cmd in the pop window and click OK.

3. Type diskpart > list disk > select disk 1 > clean > create partition primary > format fs=ntfs quick.

cmd disk error

Method 3:To repair memory card error with Disk Management

1. Click Windows + X shortcut.

2. Choose Disk Management.

3. Find your memory card on the right panel.

4. Right-click the memory card and choose Format.

5. Set Volume label, File system, and Allocation unit size.

6. Click OK to complete a quick format.

disk management format

Method 4:To fix memory card problem via Windows File Explorer

1. Open File Explorer.

2. Choose This PC.

3. Right-click the memory card and select format.

4. Set the proper volume label, file system, and allocation unit size.

5. Click Start.

file explorer format

When you use Disk Management and File Explorer to repair memory card not formatted error, you may receive such a message like "The format did not complete successfully" or "Windows was unable to complete the format". 
So we recommend using method one and method two to finish card format error.

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Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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