"I need some help that my micro SD PNY 16GB card is not accessible on my cell phone and computer. It says the memory card is not formatted do you want to format it now when I want to open the micro SD card. When I choose to format it, another message will pop up to say cannot format memory card or Windows was unable to complete the format. As a matter of fact, I don’t want to format the micro SD card because it contains lots of important files. But if I don’t format it, I cannot open the card. What can I do to fix the PNY 16GB micro SD card not formatted error without losing any data?"
"My PNY 16GB micro SD card shows unformatted error, but Windows was unable to format it due to unknown reasons. So I want to know how to resolve this problem. The micro SD card is full of precious pictures and videos. I don’t want to lose the data inside. Can anybody give me some help?"
Windows is unable to format the PNY micro SD card when it reports not formatted error? Do not panic! The good news is that your micro SD card can still be recognized by computer at least, so you still have a good chance to restore files from the unformatted micro SD card. What you should remember is that you should stop using the micro SD card from the moment when receiving the not formatted error message. As the data inside the unformatted micro SD card is not corrupted or overwritten, you can extract all files from the unformatted card with help of iCare Data Recovery Pro, the professional data recovery software. This data recovery software supports all brands of micro SD card, so you can easily restore files from the PNY card when it has not formatted error.
Step1. Connect the PNY micro SD card to your computer. Download and install the data recovery software to the computer. Launch the software and choose a recovery module.
Step2. Select the PNY micro SD card as scanning volume and then you just need to wait during the scanning.
Step3. Preview the found files after scanning. Then, you can select the files you need and recover them.
The most common method to fix not formatted error is to format the device, so the second thing you need to do is to format the PNY micro SD card after data recovery. Usually, formatting can help you fix the not formatted error on the PNY micro SD card and change the card from RAW to FAT32.
1. Format the micro SD card in My Computer
You can right click the PNY micro SD card in "My Computer" and choose "Format" option to format the micro SD card. When selecting to format the card, you can choose to full format or quick format the micro SD card.
2. Format the micro SD card under Disk Management
You can also right click the micro SD card under "Disk Management" and choose "Format" option to perform formatting.
3. Format micro SD card on mobile phone
Today’s mobile phone has the function of formatting, so you can also format the unformatted micro SD card when inserted to your phone.
It will be good if you can format the PNY micro SD card successful with any of method above. However, you may run into another problem when you format the micro SD card. After clicking "Format" option, you may receive another message that "Windows was unable to complete the format". In this situation, you can run "Error-checking" tool to check if there is bad sector the micro SD card. If you still want to format the micro SD card when receiving the error message, you can rely on professional format tool. However, you had better think it twice when you decide to use a format tool to format the unformatted micro SD card, because it may cause some damage to the card.
Whether you can format the micro SD card successfully or not, at least the data has been restored with help of data recovery. Do you think everything is ok now? Well, nothing can be better if you have backup when important files get lost from the micro SD card due to not formatted error other reasons. As you know, micro SD card is never a safe place for data storage because data can be lost due to many reasons like formatting, deleting and more. Therefore, the best way to avoid data loss again is to backup important data regularly.
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