Memory cards are used a lot in many of today's consumer electronics devices, like mobile phones, digital cameras, external USB devices, media players, etc. Many of us are not strange with this error "memory card is not formatted" or "can't format the card", just like below:
This error usually pops up when we connect our memory card to computer and want to transfer files between the card and computer. The computer cannot detect the card and all files (Videos, Photos, Audio, Emails, Documents) are not accessible. If you click yes to format your memory card, all files within the memory stick will be erased. What might be the causes of this issue? How to fix the memory card not formatted error and rescue data in the memory card?
It is hard to diagnose the root cause, sometimes it might just be a misoperation, sometimes it might be the incompatible with computer, or virus affected, etc.
When you suffer this kind of format error, formatting of card is only a way to fix the not formatted error. But before formatting, recover the files from unformatted memory card by the help of memory card recovery software - Any Data Recovery Pro. This data recovery software provides utilities for all types of recovery needs:
Download Any Data Recovery and Install to Windows PC. This program works effectively on Windows 10, Windows 8/7/XP/Vista. Launch this program and connect your Memory Card to computer.
Step 1: Select File Types for Recovery
All files are selected by default. You are allowed to scan some specific file types to shorten the scan time.
Step 2: Select Scan Target
Choose your memory card as scan target, or if you want to recover data from other devices, just select it and click Scan button to continue.
Step 3: Preview File Details
On the left column, the files found are displayed, you can preview according to Path, Type or Time. Click specific file type and the details including file name, size, etc. are available to preview.
Step 4: Recover Lost Files
As long as you find the lost files, choose them and click Recover button. In the Save As window, choose a location to save the recovered files. You should not save the data to the same path where your lost files used to locate in case that the recovered data will be overwritten.