How to Recover Files from Formatted SD Card?


Secure Digital (SD) Card is an ultra small non-volatile flash memory card designed to offer huge amount of storage space and portablity. They're been are widely used in digital camcorders, digital cameras, audio players, mobile phones, and handheld computers. More than 400 popular brands of media devices rely on SD cards. SD cards use FAT file system, which is supported by both Windows and Mac operating system, to store and retrieve digital files.

In the meanwhile, formatting a SD card leads to complete loss of data. If the formatted SD memory card contained some important data then it will be mere a critical data loss issue. Now, let us walk through some of the scenarios where the users can lose their valuable data stored in SD card due to formatting.

  • One of the most common reasons for SD card data loss is accidental formatting. While accessing data from SD card through digital camera or by connecting to the computer, an user might accidentally format the SD card without taking a backup
  • Sometimes as soon as you plug in SD card to computer or digital camera, it will ask you to format the card to use further, which in turn is due to errors with the file system. In such cases if you have not taken a backup of data stored in SD card, then you will lose it
  • SD cards get corrupt due to improper plug and play pro cedure/forceful ejection of card from the device
  • Interruption occurred while accessing or moving media files
  • Influence of the dreadful viruses and malware results in damages to the card files

With a few precautionary measures, you can avoid data loss from your SD card. They are:

  • Taking a proper backup of SD card after every use
  • Following a proper plug-and-play procedure while accessing data
  • Never remove the card when it is in use

No matter how the card is formatted, unless it's not overwritten with new data after formatting, then it is very simple to undelete memory card data. To achieve this, you need a reliable data recovery software- Recover Formatted.

Steps to recover data from formatted sd card

Recover Formatted software is a highly advanced data recovery utility, which facilitates to effortlessly undelete files from formatted drive. The finest recovery engine deep scans the SD card and fetches all formatted, deleted, lost, or corrupted media files. This software helps to recover formatted SD card all popular file formats of audio, video, and image files. It supports card media restoration from all brands of xD, CF, MMC, SDXC, SDHC, etc.

Apart from the memory card storage you can also utilize this program to retrieve USB drive, memory sticks, HDD, SSD, iPods, and so on. This app is available on a demo version. Moreover, it supports all editions of Windows and Macintosh machines. So, hereby you can effectively undelete hard drive partition data.

Further reading- Here is an ultimate guide to undelete Mac volumes using the Recover Formatted software.

Simple steps to recover data from formatted SD card

Step 1: Download and run the Recover Formatted software. Connect the formatted SD card to it.

Step 2: From the main screen options, pick Recover Files option.

Step 3: Locate the storage drive represents the formatted SD card. Now click on the Scan icon.

Main Window

Fig A: Main Window

Step 4: The scanning process will get initiated.

Scanning in Progress

Fig B: Scanning in Progress

Step 5: Use Data View and File Type View layouts to check the scan results.

List of Restored Files

Fig C: List of Restored Files

Step 7: Preview the restored file items with a right-click.

Preview Recovered Data

Fig D: Preview Recovered Files

Step 8: Pick a suitable drive storage location to save the files recovered from the memory card.

Saving Recovered Data

Fig E: Save the Recovered Data

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