[Help] How to Unformat SD Card & Get Data Back?


"Please help me! I accidentally formatted my SD card. There are so many of my favorite photos and movies on the SD card."
"I want to recover data from my formatted SD card and I don't know how that works."

A lot of people make this mistake and realize they didn't back up their files. In most cases, after you format the SD card, the boot area and file information block are emptied. The memory card looks like it is empty and contains no files, but the file bodies are still there. The good news, your files can still be retrieved. Let’s find out how to unformat a SD card in this article.

1 What Happens If You Format An SD Card?

Formatting SD card is a technological copulation between your SD card and your gadget or portable device. Basically, all that happens is that a new instruction with regards a different management structure of your storage device to set up.

Hence, formatting an SD card doesn't necessarily delete the content. Formatting only gets rid of any existing folder structures that were set up from previous use and replaces it with a new one. You, however, won't be able to access those files through regular channels.

2 How to Unformat SD Card and Recover Formatted Data?

AnyRecover is an advanced third-party software used in the recovery of deleted, lost or inaccessible files from storage devices regardless of their structural makeup. It is a very reliable software and has a very high recovery rate of up to 98%. It also has an advanced deep scan which can go deep into the data structure and retrieve lost data.


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Key features of AnyRecover
  • No matter how or when you lost your data on your SD card or accidentally formatted your SD card, AnyRecover can easily recover your files in just a few minutes.

  • AnyRecover supports virtually all types of file extensions, hence you should be able to recover all your files regardless of their properties.

  • It recovers data from all every known storage device besides SD cards.

  • Even in situations where your files may have been corrupted, AnyRecover possesses the ability to seamlessly recover all those files.

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Steps in unformatting accidentally formatted SD card:

Step 1. Launch AnyRecover application. Insert your SD card to a card reader and connect it to your PC, then choose your formatted SD card to continue.

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Step 2. After the location is selected, hit “Start” button to start the scanning process.

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Step 3. After scanning, you can preview scanned files and select the ones you need or you prefer. Once you've selected file, click on the "Recover" button to get back your lost data or information.

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3 Tips on How to Protect Your SD Card Data Safely

Here are a few common tips on how to protect your data on SD card.

Turn off the device before removing your SD card to protect your data.

Stop using your SD card when you see errors.

Use an anti-virus scan to scan your SD card regularly.

Encrypt your SD card to protect your data automatically.

Always back up files on your SD card.

There's no guarantee that your SD card won't develop some problems at some point, hence following the tips to aid in the mitigation of such challenges. Also, it is recommended that you try not to write new data or information on your formatted SD card before unformatting and recovering the data first, this is to increase your chances of recovering all the data. Before losing your data, try AnyRecover as early as possible, it will help you unformat your SD card more quickly and easily.  

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By  James Crawford , to External Device Recovery

Posted on Jan 03, 2019  ( Updated: Dec 23, 2019 )

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