"I have a Lexar micro SD memory card which had FAT32 file system, but the memory card is in RAW format with unknown reasons. Now, I cannot access the micro SD card anymore. I tried to access this Lexar micro SD card on my mobile phone, and I also tried to access it in My Computer and under Disk Management, but none of them succeed. Both my mobile phone and computer report a same message that micro SD card is not formatted. When I format the micro SD card, I can get another message cannot complete the format. Now, I have two questions. Firstly, can I unformat micro SD card after formatting it from RAW to FAT? Secondly, can I restore files from the RAW unformatted Lexar micro SD card?"
Most people have the similar doubt when a micro SD card has RAW file system and cannot be formatted. Now, I am glad to tell you that files are recoverable from a RAW unformatted Lexar micro SD card. What you need is a third-party data recovery program. Before getting a professional data recovery program, what you should remember is not to format the RAW card and write new data to it. Then, you can get back lost files from the RAW Lexar micro SD card by using the data recovery program. Generally speaking, the data recovery program supports all kinds of memory card and other storage media for data recovery such as photo recovery, video recovery, audio file recovery, and more. In addition to supports Lexar micro SD card, the data recovery program also supports other brands of card like SanDisk, Toshiba, Transcend, Kingston, Kingmax, PNY, etc.
Step1. Insert the Lexar micro SD card to a card reader and plug it to your computer. Download and install the data recovery program on your computer. Launch the program and select a recovery module.
Step2. Choose the RAW micro SD card for scanning, and you only need to wait before the scanning is finished.
Step3. The program allows you to preview the found files after scanning. Finally, you can select the files lost from the RAW micro SD card and save them.
Usually, a micro SD card has FAT or FAT32 file system, so you may want to format the RAW micro SD card back to FAT or FAT32 file system. If everything goes well, you can easily format your micro SD card whether no your mobile phone or computer. However, if you are not lucky enough but run into the problem mentioned above that micro SD card cannot be formatted, you can try to run Error-checking tool to scan and check if the micro SD card contains bad sectors. You can also employ a third-party format program to format the RAW micro SD card to FAT or FAT32.
You should form the habit of removing your micro SD card safely, because abruptly removing your micro SD card can lead the card to be corrupted and change its file system to RAW. If you need to remove your micro SD card from a mobile phone or digital camera, you should turn off the device first of all. If you need to remove your micro SD card from your computer, you should click the "Safe to Remove Hardware". When you see the message "The USB Mass Storage Device can now be safely removed from the system", you can remove the micro SD card. You had better not remove the micro SD card when it is still in use. You should close all programs that might be using the micro SD card before removing it.
A micro SD card can be used in many different devices such as cell phone, digital camera, MP3 player, etc to store almost all kinds of data, so it make data storage and transferring quite convenient. However, a micro SD card is also easy to be corrupted duet o improperly operation. Therefore, you should always use your micro SD card in a correct way to avoid RAW error. In addition to abruptly removing of micro SD card, here are more other situations that can lead a micro SD card to be corrupted and run into RAW drive error:
1. Micro SD card is infected with virus
Virus is often the most terrible threat to the safety of data. Once a micro SD card is infected with virus, it can spread and corrupt the data stored on the card. Therefore, it is very important to use your micro SD card in a safe environment to avoid virus infection.
2. Micro SD card is corrupted due to long-time usage
A micro SD card provides a convenient way for data storage, but the card might be corrupted due to long-time usage. It is an unavoidable problem, so you had better backup data from a micro SD card which has been used for a long time.
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