Fix Memory Card Not Formatted, RAW SD Card Not Formatting With 7 Free Ways

Last updated on Nov 28, 2023

Why my cellphone micro sd shows blank sd card Needs formatting?

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My sd card says it needs to be formatted but I have pictures on it, how to avoid formatting sd card? Or how do I repair a memory card that cannot be formatted?

SD, CF or Micro sd card not formatted is a common problem that we may meet with mobile phones or cameras. The reasons that Micro sd card not formatted error occur are very complex, maybe the reading part or head of the micro sd card has been damaged, so it's not accessible, or you formatted sd card accidentally or virus has attacked your Micro sd card, it doesn't work. When you turn on your cellphone or connect the tf card to your PC, there may be an error saying that micro sd card is not formatted, do you want to format it now?

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Damaged sd card with unsupported file system needs formattingBlank sd card with unsupported file system in mobile and the sd card needs formatting once it was inserted in computer

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How to avoid formatting SD card - recover data from SD card not formatting (not formatted error) or formatted sd card by mistake

No matter your memory card sd or microSD or miniSD shows not formatting, sd card unformatted error, sd card not formatting or your sd card was formatted by accident, you can avoid formatting sd card by perform free memory recovery with iCare Pro Free.

Micro SD Card Not Formatting/Blank SD Wants to Be Formatted

Download iCare Data Recovery Free Edition to rescue files from damaged/corrupted micro sd card, or any kind of memory card and save data on to your PC disk or backup digital media.

iCare Data Recovery Pro is a free micro SD card recovery program which can recover files from SD card that shows not formatted error in your camera, phone, or Windows 11/10/7/8/XP/Vista computers.

3 Steps to Recover Files from unformatted memory card

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Step1. Download iCare Pro Free and connect the not formatted micro SD card to PC via card reader(required). Run iCare Data Recovery to select deep scan recovery module.

select recovery
Step2. Choose the micro SD card, click Next, and then the software will begin to search files.

select drive
Step3. Preview and select the memory card files to save them somewhere else eg, the computer hard drive.

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7 Free ways to Fix/repair micro sd card Needs to Be Formatted (First 4 methods can fix damaged sd card without formatting)

After you have recovered the data, you can try the following solutions to fix the damaged memory card needs to be formatted before you can use error. (sd, cf, microSD, miniSD etc.)

Solution 1: repair damaged sd card that shows blank unknown file system with Windows built in Error-checking.

You may right click the property of your sd card on your PC, and then find "Property" -> "Tools" -> "Error-checking". This function is provided as free utility in Windows.

Repair sandisk sd with error checkingRepair damaged sd card filesystem error with Error-Checking

Video - how to repair damaged sd card not formatting with error-checking

Solution 2: Repair/format Micro SD card using CMD

Attach the micro SD card to Windows computer > click Start button > Run > type CMD > enter Diskpart in cmd > list disk > select disk > clean > create partition primary > Active > format fs=fat32 quick

format fs=ntfs quick is the command line you may need when you want to format it ntfs.

Repair unrecognized SD card with CMDRepair unformatted SD card with CMD

Or you can format the raw sd card into FAT32 or NTFS as following steps:

Step1: Run CMD.

Repair unrecognized SD card with CMDRepair unrecognized SD card with CMD

Step2: Type“format l: /fs:ntfs”(l is the drive letter of your raw hard drive)

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Solution 3: Repair corrupted memory card with chkdsk /f

Chkdsk is another efficient way for repairing the damaged sd card that you may start it by the following guide.

Repair unformatted SD card with CMDRepair damaged SD card with chkdsk /f

If this chkdsk /f does not work for you or when it reported chkdsk is not available for raw drives, you may try the following chkdsk that has a video in the guide.

Solution 4: Fix memory card with chkdsk /f/r/x

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Video - how to repair damaged sd card with sfc and chkdsk /f/r/x

Solution 5: Format sd card by disk management

This is a simple formatting that you can start it by

Step 1 - right click 'This PC' -> Manage -> Disk Management. And then wait to load its devices.

Open disk managementOpen disk management and then wait to see device list

Step 2 - right click the raw sd/microsd that shows in disk management -> Format

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Cannot format sd card here? Try the following methods.

Solution 6: Formatted unformatted sd card, delete sd card in disk management if it cannot be formatted

How to format unformatted sd card? Delete sd card under disk management and then reload it, and then create new volume, format it. This is the key for memory card not formatted solution when memory card cannot be formatted in a phone/camera/pc.

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Create partition for sd card in disk managementCreate partition for sd card in disk management

Solution 7: Download Rufus to format sd card if it cannot be formatted/repaired

This freeware would efficiently repair damaged sd card by formatting even when it could not be formatted properly.

Rufus download url: Rufus download url:

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Video - how to format sd with Rufus

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Video Tutorial: how to use repair corrupted sd card

This sd not formatting error may happen to but not limited to the following types:

  1. SanDisk sd/microsd, Samsung sd/microsd, Lexar sdhc, sdxc, PNY sd card, Sony sd/microsd card, Silicon Power sd, Transcend sd/sdxc card, cf card, miniSD card...
  2. Amplim memory card, Estone sd card, MiniMicro, Polaroid memory card, Beeway memory card sd/sdxc, miniSD etc.

Also read: Fixing sd card not formatting unable to format sd card >


Question: Need to format sd card before use, do I need to format sd card?

Answer: If your sd card is in use in a camera/phone or other digital device, it means the sd card is damaged and has logical errors, a formatting is needed to fix sd card so it says sd card need to be formatted before you can use it.

Solution: Recover data from sd card at first, and then do the formatting to make the sd card work again.

Question: How to avoid formatting sd card?

Answer: Here are three ways to avoid formatting an sd card if it contains important files.

  • Retrieve files from sd card that says needs to be formatted
  • Repair sd card with chkdsk cmd

The details can be found on the above content.

Question: Sony camera wants to format memory card

"I cannot even use my Sony digital camera to take pictures because it said memory card needs to be formatted. When I confirmed to format the memory card, my camera says that all data will be deleted after formatting. I want to know if it is possible to fix the memory card not formatted error without deleting files from memory card."

Can I Format SD Card That Needs Formatting in Sony/Canon/Fujifilm/Nikon Camera

1. It is totally safe to format the sd card directly with camera when there was no important data on the camera camera that asks to format memory card.

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2. Back up copies are available or not?

If there were other copies of your data, then you may directly format the memory card on the camera.

Format failed? ==>> To get methods for RAW error fix when Sony memory card cannot be formatted, please go to this article - Windows cannot format memory card>>

Question: RAW sd card not formatted in casio camera

Answer: You may recover data from sd card in a Windows computer, and then format the sd card with free sd card formatters. Link: sd card format tools

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