How to Format SD Card with CMD when SD Card won't Format


How to format a memory card which can’t be formatted? This articles tells you solutions when your micro sd card become raw and unable to format sd card with a raw sd card formatter.

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"Yesterday, I want to open my SD card, but my SD card suddenly popped out a message said I need to format my device before I can use it. And the sd card became raw and show 0 byte. How can I repair the raw SD card and recover data from it?" -- Tom

Don't worry about that, that is a common problem when the drive turns to raw, it often happens on SD card, USB flash drive, and other removable storage device. And this is not a irreversible error. Now I will show you some ways to recover the raw SD card.

How to Format Raw SD Card Using CMD

CMD, command prompt of windows system, can act many command line on your system, formatting is one of them. When your SD card is recognized as raw drive, you are not able to format the raw drive by a simple right-click. So , in this situation, CMD can do you a favor. Follow the instructions here to format the raw SD card.

Step1: Run CMD.

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Step2: Type"format K: /fs:fat32"(K is the drive letter of the corrupted raw SD card)

Notice: It will erase all your data on the SD card, you need to recover or backup your data first, or you will lose them all.

Can You Force Format SD Card

If your SD card turns to raw, it will be needed to force format your card, because the raw file system can not be recognized by windows system and the SD card will shown as inaccessible. It will also pops out the message that ask you to format it before you can use it every time. And you can not right click it and choose "format" option to solve this problem. So you need to force format it.

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Unable to Format SD Card

Sometimes your SD card becomes raw because it is corrupted, and it is also not able to be formatted by windows system. When you try to format it, your computer will reports that"Failed to format the device". If so, you will need a professional format tool to help you.

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Notice: If you have important data on the SD card, do a backup or recovery first.

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For windows users, CMD is a good way to force format your SD card. You can also try system built-in format option, follow the steps to force format your SD card.

Step1: Go to "My Computer" and find your SD memory card.

Step2: Right-click the SD card, and click "Format" action, choose "quick format" as format type, if you want to erase all the data on it, you can also choose full format.

Step3: Click "OK" to start the format process.

Notice: You need to make it clear that if you format your SD card, all your data on the card will be erased, so if you want to keep your data safe, you need to backup your data or restore them with a recovery tool.

RAW SD Card Formatter – Format Tool

If your windows system fails to format your SD card, and even CMD is not able to format your SD card, you still have ways to perform the formatting on your SD card. How to make it? Try a professional format tool.

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You can download it and use it to format it easily.

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Notice: formatting will erase all your data, please take care of your data first.

Recover Data from Raw SD Card

As we all know, formatting or reset is a whole deletion of your device, it will erase all your data on your SD card, if you have some important data on the SD card, you need to think twice before you format your SD card. Do you know how to protect your data on the SD card? Make a backup or recover them before formatting.

If you didn’t make a backup, you can still make it with a data recovery tool. You can choose a reliable program like iCare Data Recovery.It is a safe data recovery program which can help you retrieve your data from the corrupted or raw SD card.

Instructions of recovering data from raw SD card won't format

Step1: Run iCare Data Recovery program on your computer.

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Step2: Scan your SD card.

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Step3: Preview the found data after scanning, choose those you needed to recover.

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Step4: Save them to another place.

After you recover your data on the SD card, you can repair the raw SD card by performing a formatting on your SD card.

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