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Micro SD Card Needs to Be Formatted in Phone Camera Samsung Galaxy S3

"The micro SD card for my Samsung Galaxy S3 still worked fine last night, but this morning I met some problem with the card. I was unable to read files stored on the micro SD card. Instead, it says that the memory card is not formatted. I know that format will erase everything on the card, so I didn’t format it. However, how can I access the unformatted micro SD card and get back lost files if I don’t format the card? Can I get back files after reformating the micro SD card?"

"My Samsung Galaxy S3 reports an error message on the micro SD card inserted in it. It says memory card needs to be formatted. I don’t know why it reports such an error message, but I cannot format the micro SD card which contains lots of important files. Can you tell me how to resolve the problem without losing any data? "

Solution - Restore Data from Not Formatted Micro SD Card

An unformatted micro SD card is inaccessible, so you need to rely on other useful tool to read data from the unformatted micro SD card. iCare Data Recovery Pro, a data recovery tool is specially designed for memory card users to recover data when it is not accessible due to not formatted error. This free data recovery software provides read-only solution to extract files from the unformatted micro SD card without formatting the card of changing any data on the card. The data recovery software supports all kinds of memory card and mobile phones, so you can completely rely on it to restore lost files when Samsung Galaxy S3 reports not formatted error on your micro SD card.

Step-by-step Guide to Recover Data from Unformatted Micro SD Card

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Step1. You had better take the micro SD card out of your phone like Samsung Galaxy S2 and connect it to your computer via a card reader. Then, download and install the data recovery software. Run the software and choose a recovery module.

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Step2. Select the micro SD card and enable the software to scan. You just need to wait when it is scanning.

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Step3. You can preview files after scanning. Then, you can select files you need and save them to a different storage media.

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Do Not Format Micro SD Card When Shows Unformatted Error

It doesn’t matter you receive the not formatted error message on micro SD card when it is inserted in your Samsung Galaxy S3 or connected to your computer, you should remember not to format the micro SD card before you can getting back the lost files. What if you mistakenly format the micro SD card when receiving the not formatted error message? Don’t panic! If you accidentally format the micro SD card when it shows not formatted error, the most important thing is that you should not write new data to the formatted micro SD card. And you still have chance to restore files from the card by relying on the data recovery software.

Do Not Defragment Files on Unformatted Micro SD Card

When micro SD card has not formatted error, some users may try to defragment files on the card to try to fix the error. Defragmentation can help improve the performance of the micro SD card, but it may corrupt the files stored on the card due to Defragmentation. If the files are corrupted, you may be unable to recover them. Therefore, you should not defragment files on the micro SD card before retrieving files you need. The data recovery software can help search for all files on the unformatted micro SD card and allows you to preview the found files after scanning. No matter what kinds of files you want to recover, you can recover them in batch. However, you should select a different storage media to save the recovered files.

Format Micro SD Card to Convert RAW to NTFS FAT32

It is a common sense that micro SD card will convert to RAW file system when it shows not formatted error, and the common solution is to format the micro SD card to convert RAW to NTFS or FAT32. Usually, you can fix the not formatted error successfully after quick formatting memory SD card. But things might be not so easy because you may find that you are unable to format the micro SD card. In this situation, you can check if there are bad sectors on the micro SD card or run anti-virus software to scan if the card contains any virus. In addition, professional format tool can help format micro SD card when it cannot be formatted normally, but what you should know is that it may have damage to the micro SD card.

A micro SD card might be corrupted or damaged due to long time use, so you had better backup important data on your micro SD card to avoid yourself from running into data loss problem again.

==>> If PC does not allow you to format a RAW micro SD card to FAT32 or NTFS, please see this article - Windows cannot format SD memory card>>

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