Recover Formatted SD card

Have you ever been in a situation where you see an exciting app on your friend's mobile phone and instantly desire to install the same app on your mobile phone? But when you click on the install button, your mobile shows an error that you don't have sufficient space on your device, and you start to make some extra space for the application you want to install.

In the flow of deleting files or excitement of installing a new and exciting application on your device, you accidentally click on delete all or format SD card and lose all your important data and photos and videos saved in your smartphone's memory card.

Under these circumstances, what will be the first step you take to get back your lost files? Obviously, you will search for the best ways to recover formatted SD cards.

Things to know before starting the recovery process.

#What actually happens to the memory card when you format it?

When someone forms the memory card, the system will mark that space available for you to store new data. But your data is still there because the original files were only deleted for a while.

Connecting the formatted memory card to your computer will show you as an empty drive, and all the data becomes available. In this situation, every user will think that their files (photos and videos) are gone and can't be recovered by any method.

But this is not the whole truth because your files are still safe, but you have just closed the entry door for those files.

What should you do before starting the data recovery process?

Make sure you don't copy-paste new items into your memory card because it will occupy the space of your old files.

Never ever reformat your memory card because if you do, you'll make it impossible to recover your files. Because when you reformat, it creates a new "boot" directory and file entry information for it.

Stop using that memory card from which you lost your data until your files are recovered.
  • #Tip:- Ensure you strictly follow all the precautions mentioned above. Otherwise, your files won't be recovered by any recovery method.
To make it easy for you, in this article, you will read about the possible ways to tackle this challenging situation.

How to recover deleted files from SD/memory card after formatting using CMD

Note:- If you are a techie person and have knowledge of CMD commands, then you can quickly recover your files via "chkdsk" from your memory card, which has been formatted by using the "quick format option." chkdsk, which is often used to check a specific disk for structural corruption of the drive.

In this method, the term /r refers to the repair attribute, which tells the system to repair all the possible problems/issues. But when it finds any.

Although, it may be a tricky method to perform if you need to gain basic computer knowledge.
  • Step 1. Connect your SD card to your computer via a card reader.
  • Step 2. Check the drive letter of your SD card via Computer or Disk Management.
  • Step 3. Type cmd in the search box on the start menu, right-click it, and run as administrator.
  • Step 4. Type the following command in the command prompt and hit Enter to run it. If the command prompt tells you the volume is in use, you can type Y and press Enter
chkdsk H: /r


If these methods don't work for you, try some data recovery software to help you recover a formatted hard drive in hard times.

Before starting the data recovery process, choose reliable recovery software. You can also seek help from your friends if they have already tried any of the data recovery software.

After selecting the software, follow all the steps to install it on your PC and start recovery.

Point to Remember

This data recovery software is usually paid, and if you try your hands with the actual edition, you can't recover any data (we are sorry, but it is true indeed). With these trial editions of software, you can only preview the data, which is still in the hard drive.