"My 4GB micro SD card turns to RAW file system and only shows 1GB capacity, but the micro SD card contained about 2GB files at least. I have no idea to fix the problem, so I want to extract the 1GB data off the micro SD card. However, when I double click the RAW micro SD card, I receive a message to say memory card needs to be formatted before I can use it. I am not sure if I can format it to convert the RAW micro SD card back to FAT32, but mistakenly I click the Format button and get the card formatted successfully. Now, my micro SD card has turned to FAT32 file system and shows 4GB space. But I cannot find the original data stored on it. So I want to know how to get back the lost files after formatting a RAW micro SD card to FAT32?"
4GB micro SD care is saying RAW file system? Cannot access your micro SD card which requires formatting? In this situation, you need to use the read-only data recovery software - iCare Data Recovery to restore files stored on the RAW card at first. With the data recovery software, you can copy all files off the micro SD card even if you cannot access the card. The software is able to help with data recovery from all types of memory card in addition to micro SD card from 1GB to 128GB. The software can deep scan the RAW micro SD card for lost files and then allows you to preview the found files after scanning.
Step1. Insert the micro SD card to your computer through a card reader. Download and install the data recovery software on the same computer. Run the software and choose a recovery module.
Step2. You need to select the RAW micro SD card as scanning device so that the software can perform scan. You only need to wait during scanning.
Step3. After scanning, you can preview files. Finally, you can select all files lost from the RAW micro SD card and recover them.
It is normally that you will feel panic and upset when a 4GB micro SD card turns to RAW file system, but you should be careful to perform every operation on the RAW micro SD card. Sometimes, a small mistake may make the file recovery much more difficult or even impossible. Here are some tips you should pay attention:
>> Please do not format the micro SD card before retrieving original data from the RAW drive
>> Please do not try any method to fix the micro SD card RAW drive error before data recovery
>> Please put the micro SD card in safe place to avoid it from suffering physical damage
>> Please do not save the recovered files to the original micro SD card
Although we have stressed it again and again that you should recover data at first when your micro SD card is showing RAW file system, many people may format the micro SD memory card by mistake or other reasons before retrieving files. Generally speaking, formatting will not erase all files on the RAW micro SD card permanently and completely, but it may put the original data in a dangerous environment after formatting. Especially if you continue to write new data to the micro SD card after formatting, the new added data may overwrite the original files and make them unrecoverable. Therefore, you should be always careful to avoid formatting the micro SD card before using format recovery software to get back everything you need.
Since formatting process doesn’t erase the micro SD card permanently and completely, you still have chance to restore files even if you have mistakenly formatted the micro SD card from RAW to FAT32 as long as the micro SD card is not overwritten or suffers any physical damage. Usually, you can restore all lost files from the micro SD card. However, if you find that some files cannot be restored, probably the data is corrupted after formatting the micro SD card or due to other reasons.
Anyway, if you want to fix the RAW drive error on your micro SD card, you need to format the card from RAW to FAT32 or NTFS once data were restored successfully. Usually, micro SD card should be formatted into FAT32 file system if you want it to be compatible on electronic device like cell phone and digital camera via quick format supplied by Windows. You can format the micro SD card from RAW to FAT32 by inserting it into the original device. And you can also format the micro SD card by connecting it to your computer. Before formatting the micro SD card, you should quit any program that are using the micro SD card and make sure no Window is displaying the contents of the micro SD card.
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