Memory Card Shows Blank Asking to Format

"I have about 1GB data (images, videos and music) on my 8GB memory card. However, when I turned on my digital camera today, memory card shows blank and has an unsupported file system. Trying to open the memory card and copy some files, it says memory card needs to be formatted. What to do when a memory card shows blank and asks to be reformatted? Can I format the blank memory card and get back lost files?"

Are you wondering what to do when memory card shows blank and wants to be formatted? This article will tell how to recover files from a memory card when it shows blank and unsupported file system. Usually, you can restore data from SD card that has unsupported file system, CF card RAW and XD card RAW error.

Recover Files When Memory Card Becomes Blank and Unformatted

If there are important files on the memory card, the first thing you should do is to recover files off the card. Although memory card shows blank, all data is still stored on its original place. What you need to do is to use iCare Data Recovery software to extract files from the unformatted memory card. iCare Data Recovery software is a read-only data recovery tool for memory card, which can help restore images, music, videos, documents, etc from SD card, micro SD card, CF card, XD card and memory stick, etc even when the memory card becomes blank and reports not formatted error.

Steps to Recover Files from Not Formatted Memory Card

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Step1. Connect the memory card to your computer. Download and install iCare Data Recovery software on the computer. Run the software and choose a recovery module.

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Step2.  Choose the unformatted memory card as aim disk and then the software will scan it for lost files. You only need to wait when the software is scanning.

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Step3. You are allowed to preview found files after scanning. Then, you can choose the files you need and save them.

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Why Does My Memory Card Show Blank?

When a memory card is saying blank, the capacities of the memory card might show 0 byte. Meanwhile, the Windows might detect the memory card as an unknown device and reports RAW or unsupported file system when you connect the card to your computer. Well, memory card still contains lots of files, but why does it show blank and requires formatting? Probably, there is parameter error on the memory card and the card is corrupted, so it wants you to reformat the memory card to fix the error.

How to Format Unsupported Memory Card?

When you meet the problem that memory card is blank and needs formatting, you need to format the card to fix the problem. Therefore, after recovering all data from the unformatted memory card, you still need to format the memory card. Usually, you can format the memory card in your digital camera. Or you can also attach the memory card to your computer and format it. You can format the memory card from RAW file system to FAT32 so that it can be compatible with your digital camera and work normally again.

iCare Data Recovery software, as a professional data recovery tool, also helps recover files in other situations like CF card deleted file recovery, SD card not formatted recovery, memory card RAW drive recovery, etc.

==>> Sometimes, a memory card that has unsupported file system might be unable to be formatted by Windows. If so, please refer to this article - Windows cannot format memory card>>

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