It's not weird when your memory card became corrupted, asking for a reformatting and won't open after some damages on your camera, mobile, computer or other digital devices like xbox...
The error "you need to format the disk in drive *" and "the disk is not formatted" showed up when you insert your sd/micro/mini sd card to a computer trying to copy files, transfer files, backup sd card files... comes to you probably all of sudden that makes data inside of the memory card inaccessible.
When the data on the memory card matters so much to you, the best choice is to open the sd card with a special tool and then save the files onto another device and then repair the damaged sd card since no one could offer a 100% certainty of your data from being modified/overwritten during the process of memory card repairing.
THE BEST IS TO GET DATA RESCUED BEFORE ALL FIXINGS AND IT IS FREE TO DO THE DATA MOVING.
What you need for opening an sd card that needs to be formatted? -> A computer, a card adaptor, a memory card data access tool.
Prepartions: Download iCare Pro Free, which is able to open damaged sd card and let you save data onto another device for backup or emergency data moving.
Step1. Connect your sd card (or any memory card) to your computer sd card slot or with a card adaptor (Please do not connect the sd card to computer via your phone/camera).
Step2. Choose your memory card to scan inside data
Step3. Restore found files onto another digital device as data moving or backup.
Please do save the data onto another digital media to avoid data overwritten.
Video - how to repair corrupted sd card
Here are 7 tools that you may use for repairing damaged memory card which does not require memory card reformatting.
Follow this route.
This PC -> Flash Drive/SD, right click -> Properties
Right click device and open its properties
And then click 'Check', and confirm the repairing.
Repair Sandisk flash drive in Windows 10 with Error Checking
How to repair sd card without formatting with error-checking
Type 'chkdsk h: /f' in cmd (h shall be replaced with your own sd card drive letter). Note: cmd is a little bit complicated fixing tool provided by Windows, usually we do not recommend cmd for computer starters.
If the chkdsk /f is not working, try the next one that gets /r involved. (Here in the following photo please replace i with your own memory card drive letter in your computer.)
chkdsk /f/r i: (you need to replace i with your usb stick drive letter)
Video Guide - how to repair sd card using chkdsk
Partition Resizer Free can heal errors on memory card with its 'Check Partition' if you connect sd card to a computer and this freeware would start a free recovery for your device.
Right click device ->Check Partition to start the sd card repairing
Partition Resizer to repair sd card
It's highly recommend that you try your memory card on another device including trying it on another mobile, another computer, another card reader and find out whether this is the error that came from the memory card.
Fix sd on another phone/camera/computer
Easeus Partition Master Free can work like an sd card repair tool for fixing errors on sd card on Windows 11/10/8/7 with its functions.
Note: Deleting volume would erase all data on the sd card, please do backup sd card that is guided in the part #1.
Delete drive in disk management
Create sd card partition in disk management
MiniTool Partition Wizard Free is another tool that works not only for memory card, but also other digital devices such as hard disk, usb flash drive.
It has check partition function that can repair damaged memory card.
When your sd card is infected with virus, you should not only repair the sd card but also get the sd card removed with some antivirus or antimalware programs, for example: Microsoft Antivirus program Microsoft Security Essentials, Avast Antivirus, Free AVG antivirus software...
You may directly use the one that you had on your computer for the virus scanning on your memory card.
The above 8 methods won't always work if there are some other errors on your memory card that requires additional treatment for the error fixings and here are the guide
Last updated on Sept 14, 2023