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 Data Recovery Wizard 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. Connect the USB drive to your computer. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Select the formatted SD card, USB flash drive, or Pen drive from which you what to restore lost files and then click "Search for Lost Data".

select the formatted memory

Step 2. After the scan completed, all scan results will be displayed on the screen. Use the "Filter" or "File Type" feature to find your target files. If you remember the file name, you can also search in the search box, which is the fastest way to find the target file.

search for lost files

Step 3. Choose the files you want to recover from your formatted external drive and click "Recover". A new window will appear, you need to choose a local storage or Cloud drive to store the files. Then, click "OK" to confirm.

recover data from formatted memory card

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Consult with EaseUS Data Recovery Experts for one-on-one manual recovery service. We could offer the following services after FREE diagnosis:

  • Repair corrupted RAID structure, unbootable Windows OS and corrupted virtual disk file (.vmdk, .vhd, .vhdx, etc.)
  • Recover/repair lost partition and re-partitioned drive
  • Unformat hard drive and repair raw drive (BitLocker encrypted drive)
  • Fix disks that become GPT-protected partitions

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 "Yes" to continue.
  • Click the "Execute 1 Task(s)" 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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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is a senior editor and data recovery specialist of EaseUS. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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