[Help] Accidentally Formatted SD Card, What Should I Do?


I accidentally formatted my SD card then realized there are some important files in it. The problem is, I didn’t back up these files. Is it possible to recover data from the formatted SD card? What should I do?

Is It Possible to Recover Data from Formatted SD Card?

No doubt, whenever someone format the SD card, the chance of losing all the important files will arise. In technical words, when I simply format my cards all the data will be totally erased and I have no access to them. However, with the help of recovery software and Windows inbuilt application, it’s easy to get data back from formatted SD card.

Accidentally Formatted SD Card, What Should I Do?

1  Try the Best Software to Recover Data from Formatted SD Card

If you lost data due to formatted an SD card by accident, there is no need to worry.  iMyFone AnyRecover is an all-inclusive data recovery software which is capable of recovering formatted, lost, deleted or corrupted files as easy as 1-2-3.


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How to Recover Data from Accidentally Formatted SD Card with AnyRecover?

Step 1: Select the Recovery Mode

First, install the AnyRecover app and then select the “Formatted Disk Recovery” mode. Through this mode, you can easily recover the lost data from formatted SD card, flash drive and more.

formatted disk recovery mode

Step 2: Select the Searching Location

After that select the external device in which your data went missing, then click on “Next”.

select a location

Step 3: Select File Type

Select your desired file type then click on “Scan” to proceed with the scanning process.

select file type

Step 4: Formatted Drive Scanning Process

AnyRecover elementarily starts the scanning process. In case, you can’t find the lost file, then go for “All-Round Recovery” process.

scan formatted disk

Step 5: Lost Data Recovery

When the scanning process is completed, the AnyRecover easily display the folder or file type. Also, you can preview the file first and then click on “Recover” option.

recover lost data

2  Recover Data from Accidentally Formatted SD Card Using CMD

Windows have a built-in tool that achieves simple management and also effective for data recovery, which is called CMD, also named command prompt.

Let’s get started following the steps below:
Step 1: Connect the SD card with the help of a card reader.
Step 2: Check SD card drive letter through Disk Management or Computer.
Step 3: In the search box, simply type "cmd" on the menu then right click on it.
Step 4: After that run “as the administrator”.
Step 5: Type "chkdsk H: /r" in the command prompt and then click on "Enter".
Step 6: In case, the command prompt provides the info that volume in use then press type “Y”.

recover file from formatted sd card

Step 7: In the end, check your SD card and run it.

Bonus: Possible Reasons and Preventions for SD Card Data Loss

Indeed, a large number of users have complaints about the data loss in SD card. Usually, we stuck in the data loss problem whenever using SD card in video camera, computer or Android phone. The following are some common explanations for the case I can think of.

Common Reasons for SD Card Data Loss

    When someone doesn’t safely remove the SD card.

    You write anything on the SD card when the battery power is insufficient.

    Sometimes, you shut down your PC without removing your SD card.

    When you use the memory card that might be damaged or have a bad condition, as a result, the chance of destroying the memory card arises.

    Use the SD card under high humidity or high-temperature environment.

The causes of SD card data loss vary, and the case occurs frequently. Recovery from accidentally formatted SD card is possible though, there are much we can do to avoid data loss.

Prevention for SD Card Corruption and Data Loss

    Never let your battery to drain and shut down automatically.

    Complete the operation and let your camera off, after that leave the system in the inconsistent state.

    Avoid removing the memory card and battery when your PC is on.

    Don’t use the editing feature in a camera like rotating.

    Use the card reader for transferring the files instead of transferring the data directly.

    Don’t use the fake SD card, as it is the main reason for data loss.


I really hope that the above information is helpful to you. When I accidentally formatted my SD Card, I chose AnyRecover app and recovered my lost data within a short of time. If you don’t want to experience the same, then follow the tips below to prevent data loss as possible as you can.

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By  Alva Doris , to External Device Recovery

Posted on Jul 03, 2019  ( Updated: Dec 16, 2019 )

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