Memory Card Has an Unrecognized Format Error

"I have a 4GB memory card for my cell phone and it has been working fine for the last two years. I saved much data on this memory card and didn't make any backup. Yesterday, I went to my memory card on my phone, it says 'memory card has an unrecognized format. Reformatting will erase all data. Reformat now?' I cannot afford to lose any data on this memory card. I have so many videos, images and music on this memory card, so I cannot reformat it. I also tried to remove the memory card out of my phone and connect it to my computer, but Windows system still cannot read the memory card normally. I really want to get back all my data from the memory card. Please tell me how to retrieve files off an unrecognized card."

Data Recovery When Memory Card Has Unrecognized Format Problem

When phone says memory card has an unrecognized format error, you cannot reformat the memory card if it contains important data. Reformatting will erase all data, so you should come up with a way to get back all data before it is erased by reformatting. You can use iCare Data Recovery software to recover any type of files such as pictures, videos, music, etc off memory card when mobile phone or digital camera says it has unrecognized format error or PC cannot detect the memory card. This data recovery software works on various kinds of memory card including SD, microSD, mini SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, XD, CF and memory stick. Follow the guide below to retrieve data from unrecognized memory card.

Steps to Recover Data from Undetectable Memory Card

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Step1. Connect the memory card to your computer. Then, download and install iCare Data Recovery on the computer. Launch the software and choose a recovery module.

select recovery mode

Step2.  Choose the memory card as aim disk so that the software can scan it for lost files. You only need to wait when the software is scanning.

wait while scanning

Step3. You are allowed to preview found images when scanning is completed. Then, you can select all data lost from the memory card and save it to another location.

preview found photo

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Phone / Camera Says Memory Card Has Unrecognized Format Error

Usually, a memory card can be used as storage media in different electronic devices like phone or digital camera, etc. However sometimes, your memory card may have an unrecognized format error. Namely, when you insert your memory card in your mobile phone, digital camera or any other devices, the card cannot be recognized normally. Can you quick format memory card or full format it when the card has unrecognized format? In this situation, you will be unable to access files stored on the memory card. If your memory card stops being recognized in camera or phone but you still have important files on the card, you had better stop using the card and connect it to a computer. You can reformat the memory card when all data is recovered.

Memory Card Cannot Be Read on Computer

How to fix memory card not recognized error? Do you want to recover files of failed memory card? After connecting your memory card to computer, the first thing you need to do is to check if the card can be recognized as a removable disk on computer. If not, you can go to Disk Management to see if the card can be detected there. If your memory card cannot be read by computer, a data recovery tool is needed in order to extract important files off the memory card. Before getting back lost files, you should protect your memory card from being overwritten or suffering any unexpected physical damage. You may lose the chance to restore lost files if the original data is overwritten or the memory card is physically damaged.

Memory Card Has Unrecognized Format Samsung

Memory card shows unrecognized format in Samsung? Memory card is widely used in Samsung mobile phone for photo video storage. If Samsung phone says memory card has unrecognized format and disables you to access any data on the card, you can remove the memory card out of the Samsung and then use the data recovery software to recover files.

Similar Error Message on an Undetected Memory Card

>> Memory card is not recognized by cell phone (Samsung, Blackberry, HTC)
>> CF card is not readable on digital camera (Canon, Nikon, Samsung, Sony, Olympus, FujiFilm)
>> PC cannot detect memory card
>> Memory card is not accessible or readable
>> Memory card is not showing under Disk Management
>> SD card becomes blank and shows unsupported file system
>> Cannot open memory card

Causes for Unrecognized Format on Memory Card

Simply say, a memory card might become unreadable or unrecognizable as a result of file system corruption. Then, why the file system of a memory card is corrupted? Well, one possible reason why memory card is corrupted is that the card is infected with virus. Virus infection can corrupt the file system of a memory card and lead it to be inaccessible or unreadable. Therefore, you should use your memory card carefully to protect it from being infected with any virus. In addition, improper operation on a memory card can also cause file system corruption, so you should always use your memory card properly.

In addition to recover files off unrecognized memory card, the data recovery software also helps retrieve deleted photos from memory card in Android phone and other device.

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