Recovering Pictures from Unformatted SD Card

“I encountered a problem with SD card while trying to open it on my laptop using card reader. It is showing ‘SD card is not formatted’ error message. I was wondering if I could recover pictures from SD card if it is formatted. Is there any way to get pictures off unformatted SD card?”

Yes, you can recover pictures from formatted SD card as well as from SD card showing ‘SD card not formatted error’ i.e. unformatted SD card. Before knowing how to recover your valuable photos from unformatted SD card, find out what makes SD card to display un-format error and how it can be prevented.

What is unformatted SD card?

In simple terms, SD memory card that shows error warnings when it is connected to system or loaded in digital gadget is said to be unformatted SD card. Basically unformatted SD card errors appear due to file system corruption, virus/malware intrusion, usage of SD card on different computers or digital devices, etc. As prevention is better than cure, here are few suggestions to follow regularly while using SD card:

  • Always scan your SD card before using it on any computer with genuine antivirus application
  • Before formatting or reformatting your SD card, make sure you have good source of power backup to prevent abrupt system shutdown
  • Avoid using SD card on many computers as it may corrupt its file system

Above mentioned points always helps users to resolve un-format error on SD card. Now, let us see how to bring back photos that were present in unformatted SD card. All it takes is use of successful SD card recovery utility to rescue photos from unformatted SD card in short duration.

About photo recovery tool:

Yodot Photo Recovery software is the best utility for retrieval of photos from unformatted SD card on Windows as well as Mac systems. With use of unique recovery technique, entire pictures that have become inaccessible can be restored from unformatted SD card. Apart from photos, users can also make use of this software for recovering pictures from failed SD card and even from unrecognized, formatted, corrupted or blank SD card. Along with SD card, this media file recovery tool can get back photos, videos, audio files and other files from unformatted SDHC, SDXC, MicroSD, MiniSD, CF, XD, MMC, SM, Memory Sticks and other types of flash memory cards. Suitably, installation of this SD card data recovery utility can be done on all latest versions of Windows (Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008) and Mac (Mac OS X Mavericks, Snow Leopard, Leopard, Mountain Lion and Lion) operating systems. Additionally this software can also be used when Sony, Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Samsung, Olympus, LG, Sigma, Kodak cameras says memory card needs formatting.

Steps to recover photos from unformatted SD card:

  • Download and install Yodot Photo Recovery tool in the system by using admin account
  • Make use of card reader and connect unformatted SD card to system where this recovery tool is installed
  • Run this software and from main screen click on ‘Lost Photo Recovery’ option and then move on to next window
  • Select unformatted SD card and initiate its scanning
  • Upon completion of scanning, rescued photos can be viewed in ‘Data View’ or ‘File Type View’ format
  • Select and preview photos before saving them to known destination location on your Windows computer

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