How to Recover Data From an SD Card That Needs Formatting

Remo Recover is an effective tool to restore your data before formatting your SD card.

You are back from a long trip and cannot wait to look back at all the amazing pictures you took at some beautiful locations. You connect your SD card to your system. A prompt appears “You need to format the disk in drive H: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?”

You eject the SD card, re-insert it in the same port. The same prompt reappears. You restart the system and try it again. You are asked to format the SD card again. You don’t know what is causing this problem and are wondering about the data that is present on this SD card.


Let us look at few possible reasons for this error:

  • An abrupt power shutdown or a power outage when file transfer process between your SD card and computer is in progress.
  • Improper ejection of your SD card/Card reader.
  • Bad sectors on the hard drive would lead to inaccessibility of data.
  • Virus or malware infection can corrupt files on the SD card.

How to resolve this error?

Here are few possible solutions to this problem:

  1. Plug your SD card in other USB ports. It might sound silly, but it does happen that a particular USB port is damaged and cannot read SD card/card reader.
  2. It might be a problem with your system as well. Try connecting your SD card to a different system and see if it works.
  3. Use System File Checker utility. This tool scans for corruptions in your files and restores corrupted files.
  • Click on Windows Start Menu. In the search bar, type Command Prompt. In the search results, right click on Command Prompt and click on Run as Administrator.
  • Type sfc/scannow and press Enter. The tool takes some time to replace all the corrupt files.
  • After the scan process is complete, restart your computer. Plug in your SD card again. If the same problem persists, read on.
  1. Run chkdsk. This utility checks and fixes any bad sectors present on your SD card. Search Command Prompt in Windows search bar and click on Run as Administrator. Now type “chkdsk drive letter:/f” and press Enter. Ex: If your SD card is on ‘H’ drive, type “chkdsk H:/f” and press Enter.
  2. If your SD card is infected by a virus, use anti-virus software to remove all the threats. Once all the viruses are removed, re-insert your SD card and check if the issue is resolved.

Recovery using Remo Recover software

If you were unable to get rid of the issue, it is better to recover all the data from the SD card, before going ahead with formatting the drive.

Remo Recover software is the ideal recovery tool to restore all the data from your SD card. It clearly answers your query on how to recover data from corrupted memory card without formatting.

Remo Recover retrieves data from all kinds of memory cards including SD, XD, MMC, Memory sticks and so on. If your SD card is not detected, you can check how to recover unmounted sd card data.

Even if your SD card has bad sectors, Remo Recover creates a disk image bypassing all the bad sectors and then recovers the data using the image.

The software supports all Windows and Mac Operating systems. You can recover RAW images as well. Just download the software and follow the on-screen instructions to recover all the data from your SD card.