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Solution: How to Repair Memory Card Not Formatted with Error

Dec 22, 2017 / Updated by Abby Haines to Storage Media Recovery

Summary:
Full memory card not formatted error solutions are offered here to help you fix/repair a memory card or SD card without losing data when it is corrupted, become RAW and shows format or not formatting error.

A RAW issue with the error message "you need to format the disk", "disk not formatted" can happen on 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 on other removable devices like SD card, external hard drive, USB flash drive, etc.

Solution 1. 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 in all the following situations:

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

  1. Step 1. Connect the memory card which shows format error to your PC.
  2. Launch EaseUS file recovery software, select the card and click "Scan" button to make the software search all the lost data.
  3. Here, a quick scan will start first. After it completed, a deep scan will automatically launch in order to find more files.

Recover data from memory card not formatted error - scan the selected disk

  1. Step 2. After the scan finishes, choose the files you want and you can filter certain types of files.
  2. Finally, click the "Recover" button to retrieve them back once when the "memory card not formatted" error occurs.
  3. Here, you should save all the recovered files on a different drive or device in case of data recovery failure.

Recover data from memory card not formatted error

Solution 2. 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 with error. 

To repair memory card not formatted with EaseUS partition tool:

1. Connect the memory card to your PC, download and launch EaseUS partition tool, right-click the card and choose "Format partition".

Repair memory card that cannot be formatted - choose format partition option

2. Configure the label you want in the Partition Label box and then select a file system in the "File System" drop-down list for the disk.

Repair memory card that cannot be formatted - choose file system

3. Choose the Cluster Size (512 bytes, 1, 2, 4...64KB) in the "Cluster Size" drop-down list and click "OK" to continue.

4. Click "Apply" to save all the changes to repair the memory card not formatted with error.