"I have a memory stick which contains lots of data, but it says needs to be formatted when I tried to access data on it. Inserting the memory stick to my computer, Windows system recognizes it as a RAW disk and asks me to format it before I can use it. CHKDSK says it is not available for RAW drives on memory card. I have searched online, and many people that the memory stick is corrupted. I need to use a data recovery program to get back files on an unformatted memory stick. So I hope somebody can recommend a useful data recovery tool with which I can recover files off the unformatted memory stick and fix the notformatted error."
Data Recovery from Unformatted Memory Stick
For unformatted memory stick data recovery, you can rely on iCare Data Recovery Software. It is a read-only data recovery program, which is able to restore data off different kinds of data loss problems. This data recovery software allows you to recover photos, music, videos, office files, emails, etc off various types of memory stick. This data recovery software can work on almost all Windows PC to help recover data when you encounter not formatted error.
Now, you can follow the steps below to recover data when memory stick says needs formatting:
Step1. Connect the memory stick to computer. Download and install iCare Data Recovery Software on the computer. Launch the software and choose a recovery module.
Step2. Choose the unformatted memory stick as aim disk and then the software will perform a scan on it. You only need to wait when the software is scanning.
Step3. You can preview the found files after scanning. Then, you can select the files you need and save them.
Useful Tips for Unformatted Memory Stick Recovery
1. Please do not format the memory stick before getting back lost files
2. Please do not write new data to the memory stick if you have formatted it mistakenly
3. Please do not save the recovered files to the unformatted memory stick
4. Please put the memory stick in safe place to prevent it from being physically damaged
Converting RAW to FAT32 Memory Stick
Data recovery software only helps recover data off the unformatted memory stick, but it cannot fix the unformatted error. Therefore, you still need to fix the not formatted error when data has been restored. When a memory stick says needs to be formatted, its file system will change to RAW. Usually, you just need to format the memory stick to convert its file system back to FAT32 in order to fix the not formatted error. Cannot format an unformatted RAW memory stick successfully? Do not panic! If you meet problem that cannot format a memory stick, you can also rely on professional format tool to get it formatted. However, you should be careful before using it because it might cause hurt to your memory stick.
How to Avoid Memory Stick Not Formatted Error?
Not formatted error makes it difficult to accessing or writing any data on the memory stick. Here are something you can do to avoid memory stick unformatted error:
1. Use your memory stick properly
You should use memory stick properly. For example, when you need to remove your memory stick from digital camera, mobile phone or any device, you should switch off the device first of all. You had better not remove memory stick during data writing or transferring.
2. Protect memory stick from being infected with virus
If you need to connect memory stick to any computer and download some files to it, you should make sure that there is no virus on your computer. When a memory stick is connected to a computer which contains virus, it may be infected with virus too.