"My memory card is corrupted because it says memory card is not formatted when I use my digital camera to take pictures. The memory card has been used for several years for my digital camera. I tried to insert the memory card to another camera and also connected it to my computer, I still received the similar error message that memory card needs to be formatted before I can use it. Can anybody tell me why my memory card shows such kind of error message? How can I fix the error and get back all files stored on the memory card?"
Corrupted Unformatted Memory Card Recovery
The file system of the memory card might be corrupted which lead the card to report not formatted error. In this situation, you should avoid formatting the card because you may overwrite the original data after formatting the card. What you should do is to use a data recovery program to extract files off the unformatted memory card. You can use iCare Data Recovery Software to perform data recovery. This data recovery software is a read-only data recovery tool which provides safe solution for unformatted card recovery. You can recover different kinds of files such as videos, music, images, documents, etc from all types of memory card like SD card, mini SD card, micro SD card, XD card and CF card and so on.
Follow the steps below to get back files from the unformatted CF card, SD card, XD card, etc:
Step1. Connect the memory card to your computer via a card reader. Download and install iCare Data Recovery Software on the computer. Launch the software and choose a recovery module.
Step2. Choose the corrupted memory card as aim disk and then you just need to wait patiently when the software is scanning.
Step3. You can preview the found files after scanning. Then, you can select the files you need and recover them.
Reasons Why Memory Card Requires Formatting
When a memory card asks to be formatted, probably its file system is corrupted. Usually, the reasons why a memory card needs to be formatted include:
1. Virus infection
Virus infection is a possible cause for memory card not formatted error. When a memory card is attacked by virus, it may corrupt the file system of the card or even corrupt the data stored on the card.
2. Bad sectors
Bad sector is another possible reason for memory card unformatted error. When a memory card contains bad sectors and the data is right stored there, you may be unable to access the card and receive disk drive not formatted error message.
3. Memory card corruption due to improper operation
You should always use a memory card properly because improper operation might lead the card to be corrupted and stop working normally. Usually, improper operations on a memory card include:
>> Remove memory card unsafely from PC
>> Remove memory card out of digital camera, mobile phone or other device without switching off the device
>> Unplug memory card during data transferring or data writing
How Does Formatting a Memory Card Do?
You need to format the memory card in order to fix the unformatted error. You can convert the file system of memory card back to FAT16 or FAT32 by formatting the card, after which you can access the card normally and continue use the card to store different kinds of data. You can format the memory card in digital camera, mobile phone or computer. Usually, you can perform a quick format on your memory card. If you doubt that your memory card contains bad sectors or virus, you can also perform full format on the memory card.
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