How to Backup SD Card Before Formatting [2020 Updated]

Jean updated on Sep 15, 2020 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

Are you looking for an efficient way to backup SD card data? Stay here! On this page, you'll learn why it is important to backup SD card, and 4 practical methods as shown below to backup everything on your SD card with ease:

PAGE CONTENT:
Why Is SD Backup Important
How to Backup SD Card Before Formatting
Format SD Card after Backing UP Data

Why Is SD Backup Important

SD card is a mini size storage media that is widely used on some old Android phones/tablets, digital cameras, music players, and dashcam recorder in a car. It's portable, making the data transfer easy between different devices.

However, the more frequently you use the memory card on different devices, the more likely you'll lose data on the card. For example, false deletion, file system corruption, virus infection, etc., can all cause data loss. If you have a backup of SD card data, when these errors occur, your SD card data is safe with you.

When it comes to fixing an SD card with error, the most suggested way is formatting and you can directly execute the operation with an SD backup.

So where to save the backup and how to backup SD card before formatting? Continue reading, we'll discuss in the next part.

How to Backup SD Card Before Formatting

In this part, you'll learn where to back up SD card data and how to backup SD card on your own for free.

Mostly the way of how to backup SD card data highly depends on where you decide to save the SD card backup. Therefore, when you want to back up SD card data, first of all, you should figure out where do you want to save the backup.

Where to Backup SD Card Data

Here we collect four common devices that you can use to as a target location for saving a backup on SD card, USB, external hard drive or even computer:

  • Back up to external storage device, like external disk, USB
  • Back up to computer
  • back up to a Cloud drive

4 Ways to Backup SD Card Before Formatting

So how to back up SD card? Some of you may come up with Copy and Paste. Yes, it's one of the most common ways of backing up files. However, it's not the best one. Here are 4 methods that you can pick up one to back up SD card before formatting:

  1. #1. Copy and Paste to Backup SD Card
  2. #2. Create a Backup Image of SD Card
  3. #3. Clone SD Card Data
  4. #4. Upload SD Card to Cloud as Backup

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. Method 2, 3 and 4 are better choices for large data backup on SD card.

Way 1. Copy and Paste to Backup SD Card

Applies to: Manually back up a small amount of data to another external hard drive, USB, or computer.

Step 1. Remove the SD card from your device and connect it to your computer.

If you want to backup SD card data to another external device, connect it to your computer as well.

Step 2. Open Windows File Explorer and open your SD card.

Step 3. Use "Ctrl + C" to copy data and "Ctrl + V" to paste everything from the SD card to another location on your PC or an external device.

Copy to backup SD card

Wait for the Copy and Paste process completes. Now, you have successfully created a copy of your SD card data on another device. 

Way 2. Backup SD Card Before Formatting and Save as a Backup Image

Applies to: Backup SD card data as an image, saving storage device on a target device. 

If you don't need to use the SD card frequently, or you want to save storage space on the target device, it's highly suggested that you apply reliable backup software for help. Free backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup Free Edition with its File Backup feature can help. 

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 the backup mode "Disk/Partition".

Image of EaseUS Todo Backup

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

EaseUS Todo Backup guides to backup partition in Windows 10

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

Way 3. Clone to Backup SD Card Data

Applies to: Cloning the SD card data to another device in a more efficient way than Copy and Paste.

To clone and backup SD card with large-size files on it, EaseUS Todo Backup Free is a good choice. Its clone feature can make a 100% copy of everything on your SD card within only a few clicks:

If you tend to clone the SD card data to another external device, connect it to your computer in advance. 

Preparations:

  • Connect both of the SD cards to your Computer.
  • Download EaseUS Todo Backup to your computer.

Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo Backup and go to the "Clone" feature.

open easeus todo backup and click clone

Step 2. Select one of the SD cards that you want to clone. 

select one of the usb as your source disk

Step 3. Select the other SD card as the destination to save your data.

select the other USB as your destination

Step 4. Preview the disk layout and then click Proceed to execute the USB cloning process.

preview the usb settings and click proceed to satrt usb cloning

Way 4. Upload SD Card to Cloud as Backup

Applies to: Upload and save SD card data to Cloud drive as a backup.

Nowadays, Cloud drive is becoming a common tool for people to back up files and data. If you happen to have a Cloud drive, you can also backup your SD card data to Cloud drive.

For a step-by-step guide, follow the links below for help:

  1. #1. Backup SD Card to Google Drive
  2. #2. Backup to OneDrive
  3. #3. Backup to Dropbox

Format SD Card after Backing UP Data

After backing up SD card data, you can now apply an SD card formatter to format and reset your SD card to a healthy state again. Here, we'll show you the easiest way to format the SD card.

Format SD card Using File Explorer

Step 1. Connect SD card to PC and open File Explorer.

Step 2. Right-click on the connected SD card and select "Format".

Step 3. On the format window, select a proper file system among NTFS, FAT32, or exFAT. Click "Start".

format SD card on windows 10 using file explorer sd card formatter

Conclusion

On this page, we explained why is vital to backup SD card and offered 4 ways to help you backup SD card data on Windows PC. Besides the SD card, we also suggest you try the above 4 methods to back up data on other types of storage devices like hard drive, external hard drive, USB, etc. on Windows 10/8/7. 

With the backup, you can always survive no matter your device is damaged, corrupted, or even dead.

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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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