Retrieve Data When Memory Stick Says Not Formatted

Most of the memory stick users have experienced some errors which results in data loss from it. What they shared their experience is:

Situation 1:

“My Memory Stick is saying it is not recognized and needs to be formatted; if I format it, it will erase entire data from it. What can I do to recover data from that Memory Stick?”

Situation 2:

“My Memory Stick is giving message like “format before you open”, but I have many important files in that Memory Stick. So how can I open my Memory Stick without format?”

Situation 3:

“I have stored all my wedding pics in my 16 GB memory stick. Two days back I opened that memory stick and printed several pictures from it, but today it’s not opening and its showing message like it must be “formatted” first. But, I don’t want to lose my wedding pics…. Please help me!!”

This might even occur with other external storage media, especially with flash drives that shows “flash drive needs to be formatted” while trying to open it.

Fortunately, some users have shared how they have come out of these situations. Most of them suggested that using proficient software was the best way to handle above all kinds of situation; tool like Yodot Card Recovery.

In case, you are also facing any of above mentioned situation, then try with this program to restore data from memory stick. For more information continue to read this page.

Software to retrieve data from memory stick without formatting:

By using simple list of options provided by Yodot Photo Recovery tool, you can restore data from memory stick without formatting. By using this program, you can retrieve different type of files such as media files, pictures, raw images, document files, PPT, PDF, text files from not formatted memory stick. Also, it will assist to regain files from corrupted, inaccessible and empty memory stick on Windows system. It supports all brands of memory stick such as Sony, SanDisk, Samsung, Kingston, Lexar, etc. Apart from memory stick, it helps to recover files from unformatted memory card, SD card, CF, MMC SDXC, XD, SDHC and other types of flash memory cards. This utility is compatible with all Windows OS such as Windows10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 operating system. For any kind of queries you can contact 24x7 technical support team of this product.

Procedure to restore data from memory stick without formatting:

  • First connect memory stick to a Windows system
  • Then, install Yodot Photo Recovery tool and run it
  • Main screen shows “Deleted Photo Recovery” and “Lost Photo Recovery” options, click on any option to start recovery process
  • Next, it will display list of drives which is associated with your system; select the drive which indicates memory stick. Later, it will start scanning
  • After scanning, software will display retrieved data in two views i.e, “Data view” and “File Type View”
  • Select the files which you need and save them in a desired location other than source location (same memory stick)

Note: If you are a Mac user, then use Yodot Mac Photo Recovery tool to recover data from memory stick on Mac OS X (like Leopard, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Snow Leopard, Lion and Yosemite)


  • Before clicking “yes” option read messages carefully displayed by memory stick
  • In case, you unknowingly format your memory stick, then don’t store any new files on that memory stick until you use recovery program

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