"I got a new 4GB SanDisk Ultra SD card for my Nikon digital camera, but it says the card needs to be formatted when inserted in the camera. The SD card still worked fine yesterday when I plugged it to my computer, and I have moved some files from my old SD card to this new SanDisk SD card. However, when I inserted to my camera today, I receive the not formatted error message. Then, I connected the SD card to my computer but Windows still pops up the same error message that SD card needs to be formatted. Without any choice, I have to click Yes button to format the card, but Windows says another message that SD card cannot be formatted. How can I get back files from an unformatted SanDisk Ultra SD card for Nikon camera?"
SanDisk Ultra SD card is well known by many people, and not formatted error on the card bothers most of them. As a matter of fact, such kind of unformatted error problem on a 4GB SanDisk Ultra SD card can be resolved with about two simple steps. The first step is to get back files on the SanDisk SD card, and the second step is to format the card to fix unformatted error. In order to get back files from an unformatted card, you only need to use third-party data recovery software. This software helps you scan the unformatted SD card so as to search for files stored on the card. All types of files such as pictures, music, videos, etc can be restored with help of this software. When data has been restored, you can format the SanDisk Ultra SD card to fix not formatted error.
Step1. Plug the SanDisk Ultra 4GB SD card to your computer and download the data recovery software. Then, you can install and run the software and select a recovery module.
Step2. Choose the SD card as target device and let the software perform a scan. You just need to wait patiently when the software is scanning.
Step3. When scanning is finished, you can preview found files. Then, you can select the files you need and recover them.
Are you looking for memory card not formatted solution when SD card cannot be formatted in Nikon? Data recovery and not formatted error fixing are two different things, but many people simply consider it as one thing because they think that they can get back files after fixing the SD card not formatted error. However, it is absolutely wrong! Therefore, when you receive the not formatted warning message after inserting the SD card in the Nikon digital camera, you had better not format the card immediately in the camera. Instead, you can connect the SD card to your computer and perform data recovery. When data has been restored, you can format the SD card on your computer. Usually, when the SD card reports unformatted error, you may find that its file system will turns to RAW accordingly. Therefore, when you format the SD card, you can format the card from RAW to NTFS or FAT32.
If you still feel hopeful for your SanDisk Ultra SD card when it reports not formatted error, you may feel hopeless when receiving message that SD card was unable to be formatted. Here are the possible messages you may receive when SD card cannot be formatted:
If the SD card is not read-only and no window is displaying contents of the card, probably the SD card is corrupted due to some reasons which lead it not to be formatted.
If you have formatted your SD card successfully but you still have some important files on the card, you can run the data recovery software to restore photos off formatted SD card before writing any new data to the card.
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