"Hello! I have more than 5GB files on my 8GB micro SD card for my Olympus digital camera. Today, I took the micro SD card out of my digital camera and plugged it to my laptop and wanted to copy some files from the card to my laptop. However, when I tried to open the card and copy some files, I received a message that the memory card needs to be formatted before I can use it. Now, I cannot access the card or read any file. When I reinserted the micro SD card to my digital camera, it also says that card needs to be formatted. Can I read files from the micro SD card without formatting?"
"My micro SD card requires formatting in the Olympus digital camera, but I cannot format it because there are lots of important files. So I want to ask if it is possible to get back files from the unformatted micro SD card. Or Is there any software that can recover photos from formatted memory card?"
You can receive unformatted error message when a memory card is inserted in digital camera, mobile phone or computer, so it is not strange whether you get micro SD card not formatted error message on your Olympus digital camera or computer. The important thing is that you will not lose any data from the micro SD card when it reports not formatted error and requires formatting. What you need is a free data recovery program – iCare data recovery software. With this software, you can restore files like videos, music, images, etc from micro SD card without formatting. You can retrieve data from formatted micro SD card from SanDisk, Samsung, Toshiba, Lexar, Kingston, Sony and more.
Step1. Connect the micro SD card to your computer via a card reader. Download and install the data recovery software to the computer. Then, run the software and select a recovery module.
Step2. Select the micro SD card and the software will scan the selected drive. You only need to wait patiently when the software is scanning.
Step3. You can preview the found files after scanning and then choose the files you need to recover them.
It is very important not to write even a new file to the micro SD card used for Olympus digital camera in order to recover files after format free from the microSD which says it wants to format.
1. Formatting micro SD card to fix the not formatted error
Formatting is the most common solution for micro SD card not formatted error fixing, so you can format the micro SD card once data has been recovered. You can format the card in the Olympus digital camera or on your computer. However, you should remember not to format memory card by accident before data recovery. If micro SD card failed to be formatted by any device because it reports Windows was unable to format, you can try following methods in advance.
2. Fix bad sectors on micro SD card
Sometimes, when you format the micro SD card, you may receive message that Windows was unable to complete the format. In this situation, you can check if there is bad sector on the micro SD card and repair bad sectors.
3. Run anti-virus software
Another possible reason why you cannot format the micro SD card is that the card is attacked by virus. In this situation, you can run anti-virus software to check and remove virus from the card.
If you have ever used Olympus digital camera, you may know that most Olympus digital cameras are often compatible with XD card, only a few Olympus digital cameras can be compatible with micro SD card. Therefore, if you lose data from XD card for Olympus digital camera, you can also use the data recovery software to perform file recovery. Although XD card is different from micro SD card, it is a type of memory card and data can be lost from an XD card due to similar reasons like micro SD card. Here are some possible reasons for XD card data loss:
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