4 Fixes to Repair Raw SD Card When SD Card Turned Raw File System

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SD card becomes raw format and don't know what to do? Don't worry, this article tells about reasons why your SD memory card becomes raw, solutions to repair raw SD card using CMD, and best ways to recover data from raw memory card.

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Fix #1 - Repair raw sd card by formatting it in camera/phone

Note: Formatting would erase all files on memory card as it says: "Formatting sd card will delete all data. Data cannot be recovered. Continue?" -> The truth: you need to backup your data before the formatting if the sd card data can still be accessed, or you can recover data from damaged sd card in the Fix #2.

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Fix #2 - Recover data from raw sd card if data matters

Download read-only program iCare Pro Free which could let you recover files from sd card that is in raw format for free.

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Fix #3 - Repair Raw SD Card with CMD Command Prompt

For Windows users, CMD command prompt can be a very useful tool to solve this problem. CMD can perform many commands on the system. You can try it to format your raw drive to FAT32 or NTFS, I will show you the steps as follows:

Step1: Run CMD and type diskpart.exe in Windows 10/8/7 to get it started.

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

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Notice: Formatting is a dangerous action for your data, because it will erase all your data on the SD card, if you have important data on the card, you need to make backup or recover data first.

Fix #4 - Format raw sd card with computer disk management

Go to Disk Management and right click raw sd card -> Format

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Also read: Unable to format raw sd card fix ->

How to Recover Data from Raw Memory Card

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If you have backup at another place, things will be much easier. You only need to restore your data from backup. But if you didn’t make a backup before, you can still recover your SD card, you need a data recovery tool. Most data recovery tools can recover data even from formatted device, but you’d better use it before you use CMD or format tool to format your device, or it will make your data recovery more complicated.

Instructions of data recovery from raw memory card

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Step1: Install a reliable data recovery program, like iCare Data Recovery,on your computer, insert your raw SD card on your computer by a card reader.

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Step2: Scan your SD card for a few minutes.

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Step3: Preview the found data after scanning.

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Step4: Save the data to another safe device.

Why SD Memory Card Becomes Raw Format

If you meet with the problem that your SD memory card reports "You need to format the disk in drive before you can use it"when you want to open your SD card on your computer and it turns to inaccessible.

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You may be curious how could it be like this, it just worked well last time you use it. In fact, there are so many reasons can make your SD card behave like that. Raw drive error can be a common problem between SD card and USB flash drive. Here are some common causes:

  • SD card is corrupted after a long time use.
  • SD card quality problem
  • Improper operation on SD card like: abruptly unplug SD card without safe ejection, interrupt the format process, etc.
  • Virus attack
  • Internal files get lost or corrupted somehow

If your SD card is in trouble like the situations mentioned above, it can get corrupted and turn to raw drive, so you'd better avoid these causes to protect the SD card.

How to Prevent This Problem

Raw drive error is a common problem for USB flash drive and memory card like SD card, micro SD card, and other similar storage devices. When that happens, your storage device may have problem to open, sometimes it is corrupted and you can’t repair it. So, how to prevent this problem? Here are some advice:

  • Do not interrupt a format process.
  • Do not eject USB flash drive or SD card when you are transferring data from your device.
  • Do not use your SD card or USB on a public computer to avoid virus infection.
  • Choose a good quality device such as Kingston, Sandisk, Toshiba, SAMSUNG, etc.

Also read: how to repair sd card without formatting

Last updated on May 10, 2021

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