SD Card RAW Not Formatted Error

When an SD card becomes inaccessible due to RAW file system and not formatted error, you can use SD card recovery software to restore files.

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"You need to format the disk in drive before you can use it."
"Disk in drive is not formatted do you want to format it now?"

Have you ever received the same error message when connecting your SD card to your computer? Usually, people call it not formatted error. When not formatted error occurs on an SD card, the SD card will change its file system to RAW and you will be unable to access the card unless you can format it. However, formatting will erase the SD card. Then, you must be puzzled about this situation and want to look for a solution which is the best of both worlds.

First Step, Recover Data on SD Card

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Since you cannot access the RAW SD card when it shows not formatted error, you need to look for another way to access files stored on the card. Data recovery software is professional recovery tool, which is able to recover data from all kinds of storage media including SD card. The data recovery software allows you to deep scan the SD card in order to search for inaccessible files and extract them out of the card. No matter what kind of data is stored on the SD card, you are able to recover all of them in batch effectively and efficiently. The data recovery software is completely powerful and reliable.

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Tutorial to Recover Data on SD Card

Step one: Insert the SD card to a card reader and connect it to a computer. Free Download and install the data recovery software. Run the software and choose proper recovery option.
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Step two: Choose the SD card and enables the software to scan the card. You need to wait patiently during the scanning.

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Step three: When scanning is over, you can preview the found files. Then, you can select all the files you need and recover them.

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Tips to Recover SD Card Data

  1. Do not format the SD card before you can recover all important files.
  2. Protect the SD card from being physically damaged due to any reason.
  3. When you run the data recovery software to scan the SD card, it may take a long time to scan if there are bad sectors on the SD card. In this situation, you can stop in the scanning process to see what have been found. If all important files have been found, you can recover them. If some important files have not been found, you can go back to scan the SD card again.
  4. When you save the selected files, you cannot save them to the SD card. Instead, you can save them to any other storage device.

Fix SD Card RAW Not Formatted Error

Usually, you can restore almost all files stored on the SD card with professional data recovery software. However, the SD card is still unreadable even if data has been recovered. If you still want to use the SD card, you still need to fix the not formatted error on your SD card. In order to fix SD card not formatted error and convert RAW to NTFS or FAT32, the easiest way is to format the card. Usually, you can simply format the card in a short time. However sometimes, you may receive message like "Windows was unable to complete the format". If you receive such kind of message, probably there are bad sectors on the card or the card has some other problems, you may run error-checking tool to repair bad sectors on the card before formatting.

Similar SD Card RAW Not Formatted Error on SDHC, Micro SD, Mini SD

There are several types of SD card, which include SHDH, micro SD, mini SD, etc. Not formatted error can also occur on these cards. In addition to SD card not formatted error and RAW drive error, you may also receive some other similar error message on SD card. For instance:

  • SD card is not initialized
  • SD card is not recognized or detected
  • SD card is not accessible
  • 'Sector not found' error message while accessing any file

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