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How to Recover Formatted 3DS SD Card in Minutes

Updated on Dec 27, 2018 by Jean to Storage Media Recovery


Follow the ultimate guide to recover formatted 3DS sd card, sdhc, sdxc card with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, good luck to bring back all the formatted games, videos, audio and pictures.

Accidentally Formatted 3DS SD Card

"My 3ds XL sd card got formatted and it had a Mario & Luigi: Dream T pre-installed. I'd been setting up my profile and the settings on it when I had to leave the room, I'd left my 3ds and when I got back, I'd seen my sister had formatted it when she was checking it out. Please help. I hadn't even gotten to play the game yet... I paid the game, so I'd love to try every fix to recover formatted 3ds sd card. I'm waiting."

Nintendo players always throw themselves in data loss trouble by the formatting memory card. It's bad to just format the card without doing any backups. Do you know what will you lose after formatting the system memory card? For all Nintendo products, including New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS, data stored on the SD card like games and settings data, photos, videos and other extra data will be gone. 

How to Restore Formatted 3DS SD Card

Take a deep breath as soon as you carelessly formatted the 3DS SD card, because it's still possible to recover files from formatted SD card by using reliable memory card recovery software. Why? When it comes to format 3DS SD card, there are three common scenarios.

Quick format

A quick format does not actually erase the data. Instead, it only creates a new file table so that new data can be written to the volume. The old data is left almost completely intact.

Full format

A normal format will usually do a bit more than a quick format, depending on the operating system. In a full format, the file table will be deleted and some or all of the data may be overwritten. Some operating systems perform a "secure format" which overwrites the entire drive with 0s. You'll know this is happening because it will take a very long time.

Reformat with operating system reinstallation

Formats often happen concurrently to the reinstallation of an operating system. These are not always full blown "secure" formats, but the fact that a large amount of new data has been written to the disk will reduce the chances that your files will be recoverable.

So the verdict is that formatted 3DS SD card is recoverable as long as the data has not been overwritten. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard now comes to help recover formatted SD card. For average computer users, it's the fatest the and most efficient way to get back erased games, files, videos, audio and pictures back from formatted memory card by performing micros SD card recovery.

Guide for Formatted 3DS SD Card Data Recovery

Stop using your SD card immediately once you lost files on it. Continuing using the card would hugely increase the chance of data overwriting, which makes data unrecoverable.

Step 1: Connect the SD card to PC

Insert the SD card to a card reader, and connect the card reader with your SD card to a healthy computer.

Step 2: Run SD card recovery software and scan the card.

  • Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your PC and select your SD card under the External Devices column.
  • Then click Scan to start finding lost data on your SD card now.
Run SD card recovery software.

Step 3: Check found SD card data.

After the scanning process, you can preview and find your lost SD card files from below listed tabs:

  • Deleted Files: List your deleted files there.
  • Drive X: All lost files can be found here.
  • Lost Partition Files: Check first if it's for formatted recovery.
  • Extra Files: Finds files that lost names or paths.

And you can use Filter and Search to quickly find your files.

Find lost SD card files.

Step 4: Restore SD card data.

  • You can check and preview found files by double-clicking each one of them.
  • Then click Recover to save found SD card files to a secure location on your PC or an external storage.
Restore lost SD card files.