Memory Card Unformatted Error Recovery


This article is about how to retrieve all data back from an unformatted memory card with 4Card Recovery, which can also undo format, undo deletion and process other memory card data recovery problems caused by known or unknown reasons.

Sophia Wright

Feb 25, 2019

by Sophia Wright

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Free download 4Card Recovery to get back all your memory card data back when you receive “not formatted error” message on your camera/phone/computer.

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Memory Card Not Formatted Error?

What has happened to your memory card? Mobile phone or digital camera reports: “The card is not formatted. Do you want to format it now”? Follow the error and get “cannot format memory card” error on your computer? Or simply find the memory card file system also becomes RAW as receiving this “not formatted error”? However, a large amount of data has not been copied out yet? OK! Don’t worry! Memory card “Not formatted error” problem is not so hard to resolve. As long as you act rightly and carefully, you definitely can restore all your card data back with the help of a data recovery tool like 4Card Recovery!

How to Recover Data from Unformatted Memory Card?

When getting “not formatted error”, memory card is often inaccessible. But, don’t worry! Your reserved memory card data has not been erased as you imagine. It can stay still on this memory card till any new file is coming to replace it. That’s why you can restore your card data back with the help of data recovery tool. Moreover, in this situation, 4Card Recovery, as a popular and useful data recovery program, can be one of the greatest solutions for you. By using this tool, you always can easily rescue all memory card/USB drive data back with its advanced four data recovery options.
Here are steps for you to recover data back from a memory card with “not formatter error”:

Step 1:

Plunge this memory card to your computer. Just remember to use a card Reader or your camera/phone. Free download this data recovery tool to your computer. This tool has been designed to be really simple for everyone to use. So, it is not difficult for you to install and launch it well on your computer.

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Select recovery options in the main interface

Step 2:

Scan this unformatted memory card thoroughly. Just follow its guidance to select a proper data recovery mode before the scanning.

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Select card to search photos off card

Step 3:
The scanning process will last for several minutes, please wait patiently.

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Wait while scanning lost photos, sometimes it takes about 20 minutes to scan a 32G card.

Tips: if it takes more than 2 hours to scan a 32GB card, you may stop the scanning and wait to see
what's already found. Since the card may contains bad blocks that takes longer time than usual.

Step 4:
 Preview and restore all marked data back. Save all restored data on another drive or card. Of course, you also can re-try this tool to get much more wanted data back.

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Preview lost photos and save found files. It would generate a folder to contain your lost data.
Please do not save the photo to the card where you lost them. Save them to your PC drive!

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Take Care:

* Do not transfer anything else on this unformatted card before data recovery. Any new data there can increase the difficulty of complete data recovery.
* Do not format this unformatted memory card before data recovery. The formatting operation may also put your original data in danger.
* Do not save restored card data on this unformatted memory card after data recovery.
* Format this unformatted memory card after data recovery.
* Save all important memory card data on different places in case of similar data loss problems.

How to Fix "Not Formatted Error"?

This “Not formatter error” will still exist even after you’ve successfully copied all your wanted card data out. But, that’s not to say, you have no way to fix it. As a matter of fact, you can straightly format it as you are asked. The formatting process can resolve this error easily.

Reasons of Memory Card Not Formatted Error

There are many reasons that can bring “not formatted error” for your memory card. Moreover, many of them can be avoided, if you pay attention. So, in case of similar error problems, you’d better know them well at first:
1). Memory card is attacked by virus.
The existing virus may damage the memory card file system and cause this error finally. Therefore, you’d better always scan this card before using and also make sure to transfer completely safe files to/from this card.
2).Memory card is improperly removed off from your computer/laptop.
If you improperly remove this memory card off from your computer/laptop, especially when it is till in use, you may also get a memory card with “Not formatted error”. So, you’d better always extract your memory card safely, especially learning to remove it with the “Safely Remove Hardware’ tool.
3).Memory card is not compatible with your camera/phone/computer.
When the memory card file system is not compatible with your camera/phone/computer, you will also be asked to format it at first. That’s exactly why one is always suggested to format a new memory card before using. Therefore, you should take care, too.
4). Memory card is physically corrupted for long use.
Of course, overtime, all memory cards would get some physical damage, such as some bad sectors, file system corruption and more. In this case, you’d better back up all needed data and always change a new memory card for your phone/camera timely.

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