How to Get Back Data from Formatted XD Card?

“I have an XD card in which I have stored thousands of pictures, which contains all my important life events which I cannot get back. But mistakenly one of my friends has formatted that card in the morning. Because of that I lost my all photos which I have stored. I don’t want to lose them. But I know that it will cost me more if I ask professional data recovery service for help. So I wish to perform data recovery by myself. Even though, I never have done these kinds of tasks before, I wish to do it now. So please someone guide me to perform formatted XD card recovery”

XD card also known as XD Picture Card, is type of memory card, especially designed to store digital photos. It has large storage capacity and compatibility to suite with various kinds of card readers. Compared with other memory cards, it has more compact size, i.e. 20 mm x25 mm x 1.7 mm. Due to this feature it is widely used in digital cameras.

But, what if somebody accidentally format your XD card like above mentioned situation? It may be easy to happen if your relatives or friends are using your camera, because they are not familiar with your camera. Pressing the wrong button can format your XD card and wipe out your entire data from XD card. Apart from this, few other facts in which user may format the XD card are listed below:

  • Sometimes after connecting XD card to your system, it may display message like “card needs to be formatted” along with “Yes” or “No” options, in such case if you unknowingly press “yes” button, then it will format your XD card
  • If XD card is unable to get detected in your system due to severe virus attack or some other unknown reasons, then in order to remove virus and make it workable, you may format XD card.

Fortunately, lot of card recovery software available to recover data from formatted XD card. Among them, Yodot Card Recovery is one of the most useful tools to get back your data from formatted XD card.

Software to recover data from formatted XD card:

Yodot Photo Recovery is the best software to recover data from formatted XD card on Windows system. By using simple list of options provided by this tool, user can restore different kind of data such as pictures, video files, music files, documents, raw images from formatted XD card. It can also recover data from inaccessible, erased and damaged XD card on Windows system. Due to the read only feature of this application, original data of your XD card will not be altered. In addition to formatted XD card, this application can regain data from Transcend Micro SD Card, SD, memory stick, SDHC, SDXC MMC, CF, XQD and other types of flash memory cards. Same functionality can be performed on Mac system by using Yodot Mac Photo Recovery tool. This program is compatible with all Mac OS X Operating Systems such as Leopard, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Snow Leopard, Lion and Windows system like Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, 2008.

Procedure to recover data from formatted XD card:

  • Connect formatted XD card to your Windows system from where you want to retrieve data
  • Download and install Yodot Photo Recovery tool on Windows computer
  • To start recovery process of formatted XD card, just run the application and follow onscreen instructions
  • After running the tool you will get two options on main screen namely ‘Deleted Photo Recovery’ and Lost Photo Recovery’
  • Choose any option according to the data loss situation
  • In the next screen you can see drive list, select the one which represents XD card
  • Now allow it to scan, the scanning process may take couple of minutes
  • Later it will display recovered data in two view types i.e. ‘Data View’ or ‘File Type View’
  • Select the files that you want to restore and save them in desired location other than same source (XD card)


  • Avoid writing data to formatted XD card after data loss
  • Take out XD card from digital camera to avoid physical damage to the card

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