Samsung Galaxy Reports Unformatted Error on SD Card

"My Samsung Galaxy smartphone reports unformatted error on SD card inserted in it. I want to fix the unformatted error because it disables me to read any data from the SD card. My mobile phone says that I need to format SD card before I can use it, but formatting will erase all data. I do not want to lose even one single file, so I want to know how to fix an unformatted SD card with all data back?"

"Well, I received an unformatted error on my SD memory card for Samsung Galaxy mobile phone when I inserted this SD card to my computer through a card reader. My PC reports a message saying disk drive is not formatted do you want to format it now. PC keeps saying the same error message if I do not format the SD card, but PC says formatting will erase all data on the SD card when I attempted to format the card. What can I do to format the SD card to resolve unformatted problem without erasing any data?"

You will receive an unformatted error on an SD memory card when its file system changes to RAW format because Samsung Galaxy mobile phone does not recognize RAW file system. As a matter of fact, not only Samsung Galaxy mobile phone, but also other types of smartphone does not recognize RAW file system SD card, either. Even Windows system is unable to recognize RAW format SD card. Therefore, when Samsung Galaxy cell phone reports unformatted error on an SD card, Windows system will also report the same error message when you connect the card to your computer. Then, how can you recover files off unformatted SD card for Samsung Galaxy?

Data Recovery When Samsung Galaxy Says Unformatted Error on SD Card

If you want to recover any data from an unformatted SD card for Samsung Galaxy mobile phone, iCare Data Recovery is a good choice because it is a read-only data recovery tool for file recovery in all data loss situations. It provides read-only solution for unformatted SD card data recovery when it is not accessible on Samsung Galaxy mobile phone or computer. This data recovery software is risk-free any virus, so you do not need to worry that it will cause any hurt to your SD memory card by using iCare Data Recovery to recover lost files.

Steps for Unformatted Samsung Galaxy SD Card Recovery

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Preparation: Free download iCare Data Recovery and install it on a Windows computer. Connect the SD card for Samsung Galaxy mobile phone to this computer and launch the data recovery software.

Step1. You need to select a proper scan mode after running the software.

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Step2. Choose the unformatted SD card as aim disk and then you just need to wait patiently when the software is searching lost files.

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Step3. Preview files after scanning and then save the lost data to another drive.

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What to Do When Samsung Galaxy Shows Unformatted Error on SD Card?

Samsung phone does not recognize RAW file system, so it will recognize SD card as unformatted device when its file system becomes RAW. Usually, it will advise you to format SD card in order to fix the error, but formatting only helps convert RAW file system to FAT32 on SD card, all data on the card will be deleted after formatting. If you do not want to lose all data permanently, what you need to do is to ignore the unformatted message and connect the SD card to a Windows computer to recover all inaccessible files from the card. Before recovering all needed files, you should always remember not to overwrite the SD card or let the card suffer any physical damage.

Fixing Unformatted Error on SD Card for Samsung Galaxy

When you get an unformatted error on SD card in your Samsung Galaxy mobile phone, the simple way to fix the error is to format the SD memory card, but you should remember that you should format it after data recovery. However, have you encountered the situation that SD card is unable to be formatted when you attempt to format it? What can you do for unformatted SD card fixing if Samsung Galaxy mobile phone or PC fails to format the card? Here are some possible solutions:

1. Check if the SD card is used by other program on your computer
If SD card is used by any other program on your computer, Windows might fail to format it. In this situation, you only need to close all programs that may use your SD card and format the SD card again.

2. Run antivirus software to scan the SD card to check if it is infected with virus
Phone or computer might be unable to format SD card when it is corrupted due to virus infection. You can run antivirus software to check and erase all viruses from the SD card and then format it.

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