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How to Recover Formatted SD card: A Non Techie Person's Guide

Recover Formatted SD card
Have you ever been in a situation when you see an interesting app in your friend's mobile phone then you instantly get a desire to install the same app on your mobile phone? But when you click on the install button your mobile shows error that you don't have sufficient space on your device and you started to make some extra space for the application which you want to install.

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

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

Things to know before starting the recovery process.


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

When someone format the memory card, the system will mark that space to be available for you to store new data. But your data is still there because original files weren't deleted for forever.

When you connect the formatted memory card to your computer, it will show you as empty drive and all the data become unavailable to use. In this situation, every user will think that their files (photos and videos) are gone and they can't be recovered by any method.

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


What to do before starting the data recovery process?

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

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

Stop using that memory card from which you lost your data until your files are recovered.
  • #Tip:- Make sure you strictly follow all the above-mentioned precautions. Otherwise, your files won't be recovered by any recovery method.
To make it easy for you, here in this article you will read about the possible ways to tackle this tough 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 easily recover your files via "chkdsk" from your memory card which has been formatted by using "quick format option." chkdsk, is often used to check a specific disk for structural corruption of the drive.

In this method, term /r refers to the repair attribute, that basically 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 don't have basic knowledge of computer.
  • 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


Softwares

If these aforementioned methods don't work for you then you can try some data recovery software that can help you in hard times to recover formatted hard drive.

Before starting the data recovery process, choose a good and reliable recovery software. Even you can also seek help from your friends if they already tried any of the data recovery software.

After selecting the software to follow all the steps to install it in your pc and start recovery.


Point to Remember

These data recovery software is paid usually, and if you are trying your hands with trial edition, then you can't recover any data (we are sorry but it is true indeed). With these trial editions of softwares, all you can do is just preview the data which is still located in hard drive.

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