Memory card asking to format when it has not formatted error in RAW format

Last updated on 17/01/2017

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Question: How to recover files from memory card when it has not formatted error or memory card in RAW filesystem and shows 0 byte space, but chkdsk is unable to repair the card?

Memory card format similar situations:

  • memory card warns not formatted message, turning to raw with 0 byte memory.
  • microsd card became RAW and is in RAW Filesystem. It was FAT32 before.
  • reformatted memory card by mistake and lost data
  • accidentally formatted memory stick that has not formatted error
  • card has not formatted error, shall I click yes to reformat it?
  • "Format the card, yes or no?"
  • CHKDSK is not helpful with raw memory card / stick
  • will reformatting memory card erase data off the card?
  • if I format my sd memory card will I lose everything?

answerSolution: Try iCare Data Recovery to restore files from memory card which requires formatting by using the Deep Scan Recovery option of this software.

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>>Quick Solution for Unformatted Memory Card Data Recovery

Download iCare Data Recovery Pro to restore files from memory card when it shows not formatted error. Use the software to deep scan it to search all inaccessbile data.

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Download free and install the program on your PC. Connect your external drive to a Windows PC and run iCare to search lost files.

Tips: Do not do any operation to the memory card once it has error. Use read-only software like iCare Data Recovery to scan data from the memory card. It is read-only and won't touch the inside data.

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Three steps to recover data from memory card/stick not formatted error or even reformatted

Step1. Download iCare Data Recovery, install it on your PC and then connect your memory card to PC

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Step2. Choose file types you want to recover and then select memory card and then wait.

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Step3. Save found files from the memory card. Save the found data to your computer hard drive or external hdd.

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When memory card says not formatted error, you had better not format it before getting everything you need. If you have mistakenly clicked Yes to format it, you should remember not to write new data to the formatted card. iCare Data Recovery is only available for data recovery from your memory card before it is overwritten by new data.

Download the software now to recover inaccessible files when you receive not formatted error message on any memory card like SD, XD, CF, etc.

Related Resouce Memory Card Not Formatted - Memory Card RAW

The drive is not formatted, do you want to format it now? - when this comes to a memory card other than some hard disk drive, things are the same. You can restore files under such case even you clicked YES and reformatted the memory. Here are some users that has memory card not formatted error:

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When your card has not formatted error, it could come up with the following error and its file system turns to RAW.

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Memory Card Not Formatted Solution

When you see the message showing in the picture, the best time to follow the advice to format the unformatted card is after file recovery using a data recovery tool. As long as all data has been restored, you can format the memory card in any device that supports the card.

Memory Card Format Error Windows Was Unable to Complete Format

PC reports it failed to format the RAW memory card? When seeing the similar message, many people have doubt in following questions:

1. Why operation failed while formatting a memory card?

Are you surprised why the memory card failed to be formatted by WIndows or other devices? This is a complex problem might be caused by different reasons. E.g. memory card contains virus which lead the card not to be formatted. Or the card is damaged and stops working on any device.

2. My memory card is not formatting wirte protected

Many memory cards have a write-protection switch on it, you may fail to format a memory card that is write-protected. Therefore, check and switch off the write-protection on your memory card and then try to reformat it again. Sometimes, virus infection may lead a memory card to be write-protected too.

3. How to repair a memory card that cannot be formatted?

How to fix memory card without formatting? Another article on this site shares details on how to fix the problem when PC cannot format a raw memory card, so please read it - Memory card cannot be formatted by Windows >>

Cases that troubles users as we know:

  • Recently I bought a new Nokia mobile, when inserting my old memory card to my new mobile, it reports not format error and asking me to reformat the card. I have important data on the old memory card, so I did not reformat it, however I am no longer able to access my data from the card. How can I bring my data back?
  • When tring to open memory card using card driver in my laptop, the card is not openning at all. I don't have memory card with password protection.
  • My Sony memory stick has format error, when reading the card on my laptop, it is all blank. There are no photos that I stored on the card. Where did all my photos go? I have 2GB full of photos. How to recover deleted photos in memory card for free?
  • Hello! I have a micro SD 1 Gb memory card. I want to copy some videos on it. But when I connect it to the computer through memory card reader, System cannot read it and reports not format error. Shall I click yes to reformat the card? How to restore data?

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