Suggestions for Unformatted SD Card Recovery

SD Card Needs to Be Formatted!

Unfortunately, I cannot access all valuable party photos from my SanDisk SD card. This card is used on a Canon IXUS 140 Advanced compact digital camera and holds hundreds of photos. But, only 105 party photos inside have not been moved to my backup drive. Moreover, what’s worse, when trying to upload them to my computer drive, an error pops out and delivers: “The card is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?” But, How come I format this card? Many of these party photos are unique and precious for me! Is there anything I can do to restore them back before formatting? Any suggestion will be appreciated! Thanks!  
Are you using this SD card on this computer for the first time? Or have you ever used this SD card on another cameras, phones, camcorders or computers before using it on this computer? Next time, always insist using a specific SD card on only one electronic device and computer, in case of some unwanted card errors, like “not formatted error”, “RAW file system error” or “memory card error” and virus infection issues, etc. But, in this case, do not format this card and try to rescue your party photos back with unformatted card data recovery software.

Unformatted SD Card Data Recovery Suggestions

No matter whether you are the first time to use this SD card on your computer, this SD card will not be accessed without formatting. Therefore, for rescuing your card data, you should find another direction, like using card recovery software. In your case, without card format, you also can adopt SD card recovery software to take your 105 card images back successfully and efficiently. This data recovery software can easily take files back from a SD card with “Not formatted error”. Needlessly to say, this tool also can help deal with almost all common data recovery problems with ease.
So, let’s restore your data together:

Step 1:

From the official website, download this software and run it on your computer. Choose a data recovery mode carefully, if there is enough time.

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Select recovery options in the main interface

Step 2:

Determine which device to be canned. Your Unformatted SD card should be the assigned one.

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Select card to search photos off card

Step 3:
Browse all scanned photos one by one and mark out your 105 photos.

wait for photo searching

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:
Restore all selected card photos back.

restore lost photos

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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* Save nothing on this SD card with “Not formatted error”.
* Move nothing restored to this SD card with “Not formatted error”.
* Format this card after data recovery process for rescuing this SD card.
* Put anything important of your camera on two or more storage devices in the future.

SD Card & Memory Stick

In my experiences, a SD card and a memory stick are really similar in some way. They both are a small storage device and can be easily used to store data of a camera, mobile phone, camcorder, player and the likes. But, they are also different, such as the different size, write speed, shapes and more. Honestly, the memory stick is often used on Sony products and has a larger capacity and write speed than normal SD card. But, comparing to normal SD card, it is not so easy to be find in common memory card shops. Therefore, if you need to choose one between them someday, you’d better make your decision carefully.


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