Unable to Complete Format SD Card

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"SD card asks to be formatted but Windows was unable to complete the format. What should I do next? As a matter of fact, I do not want to format the SD card because it contains many important files. However, I cannot open the memory card if I do not format it. I am wondering if there is any way to repair the corrupted sd card without formatting."

Failed to Format RAW SD Card

People seldom reformat an SD memory card unless its file system is corrupted and changes to RAW file system. Usually, when an SD card turns to RAW file system, its capacity will show 0 byte space and it will ask you to reformat the card. If the SD card is not corrupted, usually you can format it successfully and use it again. However, if there are too many bad sectors on the card or it contains virus, Windows probably say that SD card is unable to be formatted.

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Data Recovery When SD Card Cannot Format

Download iCare Data Recovery Pro to recover files from various SD cards including SDHC, SDXC, micro SD when it shows unformatted and cannot be formatted by Windows.

Data Recovery from Unformatted SD Card

It prevents you from accessing any data on your SD card when it cannot be formatted, but you can rely on iCare Data Recovery software to restore files. If you run into the similar problem above, the first thing you should do is to connect the card to your computer with a card reader.

Step1. Download iCare Pro and then install, launch the software and choose a recovery module.

select recovery mode

Step2. Choose the SD card as aim disk and let the software scan it for lost files.

wait while scanning

Step3.   Preview the found pictures after scanning and then recover files you need.

preview found photo

Note:

Since data is unrecoverable if it has been overwritten by new data or the SD card is physically damaged, you should not try any method to format the SD card or fix problem on it before you are sure that you have get back everything you need!

How to Open SD Card that cannot be formatted?

If Windows was unable to format the card, you can first try the following 3 free solutions after you have restored your data in the part 1 with iCare Pro.

Solution 1: Disk Management - format

Disk Management, format the volume,

Solution 2: Disk Management - delete volume

if it is also not available, you can delete volume and create a new volume. This process needs you to recover data first.

Solution 3: repair sd card with cmd to fix unformatted sd

CMD command prompt to fix the unformatted SD card. Here are the specific steps to make it:

Steps to repair SD card

Steps to repair SD card unable to format

Repair unformatted SD card with CMDRepair unformatted SD card with CMD

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

Repair unformatted SD card with CMDRepair unformatted SD card with CMD

==>> Refer to this page for SD card RAW unable to be formatted problem

SD Card Write Protected Cannot Format

"I used Diskpart, Disk Management, command to format my micro SD card but I got an alert message while formatting it, Windows says the micro SD card is write-protected and cannot be formatted." - A user from tomshardware forum

For detailed information about this user's experience, please go to the user resources of this page.

SD card write-protection would stop you performing any modifying operation such as copying, deleting, writing on the card. This problem may be cased by human mistake or SD card corruption.

==> Remove write protection

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Remove write protection with CMD command prompt

Step1: Run CMD command prompt by pressing “Win+R”, press OK to go.

Remove write protection with CMDRemove write protection with CMD

Step2: Type “diskpart” in the window, press “Enter” to go.

Remove write protection with CMDRemove write protection with CMD

Step3: Type “list disk” in the window, press “Enter” to go.

Remove write protection with CMDRemove write protection with CMD

Step4: Type “select disk 2” (2 is the disk you need to remove write protection.), press “Enter”.

Remove write protection with CMDRemove write protection with CMD

Step5: Type “attributes disk clear readonly” in the window, and press “Enter”.

Remove write protection with CMDRemove write protection with CMD

==> For more information about SD card write protection problem, you can visit this page – memory card write protection cannot be format

Unable to Complete Format SDHC, SDXC, MicroSD

SDHC, SDXC and micro SD are common SD memory card, which is respectively compatible with different devices. For example, an SDHC card usually refers to the SD card that has the capacity from 4GB to 32GB. It has FAT32 file system.

An SDXC card has a higher capacity than SDHC card. Its capacity can be up to 512GB today. An SDXC card usually has exFAT file system.

A micro SD card has a smaller size compared to SDHC and SDXC. Its capacity is from 1GB to 128GB.
If you are unable to complete format on any type of SD card on any device, you can use the similar methods to resolve the problem.

iCare Data Recovery offers solution for SD card recovery after formatting it successfully or even it cannot be formatted by any device.

And the steps to repair the SDHC, SDXC, micro SD card can be the same to the solutions above.


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