How to Backup SD Card Before Formatting

Jean updated on Apr 04, 2019 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

Choose a proper way to back up your SD card before formatting

1. Manually copy SD card data with a USB cable
2. Automatically backup SD card data with SD card backup software

SD card is with a mini size, which is still widely used on some old-fashioned Android phones/tablets, digital cameras, music players, and nowadays the drive recorder in a car! It's portable, making the data transfer easy between different devices. The more frequently you use the memory card on different devices, the more likely it's getting corrupted. To fix an SD card with error, the most suggested way is formatting, which will lead to a total data loss.

Therefore, you must backup SD card before formatting if there is very important data you would like to keep, and this post shares two ways to copy everything off from the memory card on your own for free.

Solution 1. Backup SD Card Before Formatting with a USB Cable

If you're using the SD card on an Android phone/tablet, you can directly connect your device using the equipped USB cable to backup Android SD card. Both your Android internal memory and the SD memory card will be recognized by your computer. Or, you may perhaps just take out the SD card, and use a card reader to connect it to the computer.

Step 1. On your computer, find your Android external hard drive that represents your memory card. Double click on it to open the contents.

Step 2. Your data on the SD card will show up in many folders with file names. Just press Ctrl and click the folders or files you want to backup, use Ctrl + C to copy those selected items. Now, select the destination location, which can be the computer's hard drive or the other external storage device such as a flash drive, use Ctrl + V to paste all the SD card contents there.

Solution 2. Backup SD Card Before Formatting on Your PC

The first method is highly recommended for people who have a memory card between 2-8 GB, however, for the larger SD card, especially beyond 32 GB, do not try the copy-and-paste way at first. It's so time-consuming, meanwhile, you have to prepare another drive with an even larger size.

To backup SD card with large-size files on it, EaseUS Todo Backup Free is a good choice. It's free backup software that is available on the Windows computer. And the advantages beyond the manual way of SD card backup are about the small backup image and the automated backup process.

To use EaseUS Todo Backup to backup SD card before formatting, only three clicks will do. Connect your devices to your computer and follow the steps below to back up your SD card with ease.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and then choose backup mode "Disk/Partition Backup".

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Step 2. Select the backup destination, or it will choose the most suitable location by default.

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step3. Click "Proceed" to complete the whole process.


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What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

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