Formatted SD Card Recovery | How to Recover Formatted SD Card

Why Need Formatted SD Card Recovery or Damaged SD Card Recovery?

There you were, all happy and satisfied after coming home from a long summer trip to Europe with your entire family. You sat back, relaxed, and inserted your SD card in your laptop, to view hundreds of pictures that you took over the trip. But then an infidel message popped up, “SD card is empty“.

You got frustrated after the tenth time you removed and reinserted the card and still got no pictures. Then suddenly it dawned on you, your five years old was obsessed with your camera all through the trip. Jaded, and defeated, you stared at the ceiling and told yourself that it was your own fault and not your spawn’s.

But you still have no pictures, and all those memories that you made are lost forever. Maybe, it was for the best, maybe that’s how memories are supposed to be preserved. In your heart where they’ll be immortalized… except, formatted SD card recovery is not just possible but also can be done in multiple ways.

How to Recover Formatted SD Card Data?

Wondershare brings you two incredibly easy to use programs that will help you recover formatted SD card to regain not just your deleted pictures, but also your deleted videos, audios, documents, chats, emails, and more! While Recoverit Data Recovery specializes in recovering deleted data, Dr.Fone – Android Data Recovery is a wonderful tool that can recover deleted, damaged or virus infected data from SD cards and Android phones. Both of these programs can be accessed by Windows and Mac.

Part 1- How to recover formatted SD card using Recoverit Data Recovery

Let’s begin by looking at Wondershare, a famous brand that offers the best IDE Hard Drive Data Recovery, SDXC Card recovery, Unsaved Excel File Recovery, and also formatted SD card recovery program. Long gone are the days when you had to rely on expensive software engineers for your data recovery, as you can now do it on your own. Just follow these steps, and you’ll have your pictures and all other data back in no time.

Step 1: Download Wondershare Formatted SD Card Recovery

If you haven’t reused the SD card, after deleting the data, even if it’s been months, you can still recover formatted SD card by using Recoverit Data Recovery – Formatted SD Card Recovery. It enables you to recover unsaved excel file & recover lost and deleted data, including pictures, audio files, music files, videos, emails, and documents from any kind of storage devices. This software can also be used for formatted SD card recovery, from camcorders, memory cards, recycle bin, hard drives, flash drives, and digital cameras. It helps you to recover the data lost by instantaneous deletion, corruption of hard drives, system crashes, and virus attacks. It supports both Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 and macOS 11.

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Step 2: Open the software and select the type of file to recover formatted SD card

When you open the software, you’ll be greeted with the question, “What type of files do you want to recover?” This will be followed by icons of Photo, Audio, Video, Email, Document, and Others. Simply select the type of file you’d like to recover and click “Next”.

Step 3: Choose your SD card and search files for formatted SD card recovery

After clicking on “Next”, another screen will pop up asking for, “Select location to start finding data“. Go through the options of all your drives and choose the one you’d like to recover data from and click on ‘start’ for a quick scan. A list of deleted data will be displayed on the screen, but if your desired files aren’t on the list, then you can use, “deep scan” for a deeper, more detailed scan for the formatted SD card recovery.

Step 4: Preview the desired files and retrieve them back to your selected drive.

After the scan is complete, you’ll have the entire list of all deleted files which you can use to recover formatted SD card. Simply select the files, and preview to check if they are the genuine files that you require and then click on ‘Recover‘. In your computer, you can browse and choose a destination folder, where you would like your files to go.

Recommendation: Do not recover the files back to the same card.

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This method will work for your formatted Micro card and will get your precious pictures back by the click of a button. But if your pictures were in your Micro card that was damaged, then you will need to download Wondershare’s Dr.Fone Toolkit for Damaged SD Card Recovery.

Besides, here is everything about Windows File Recovery for your reference.

Part 2 – How to use Dr.Fone for Damaged SD Card Recovery

Dr.fone toolkit – Android Data Recovery is one of the most preferred software for damaged data recovery. It works marvelously on formatted, damaged, infected, or broken Micro cards and brings back all your lost data with the click of a button. Let’s now look at the steps you will need to follow for damaged SD card recovery.

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Step 1: Download the Damaged SD Card Recovery and connect your SD card

If your SD card is damaged, broken, or all your data has been destroyed, then Dr.fone toolkit is just what you need. Simply download the free software from the internet into your computer and launch the software and select “Data Recovery“.


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Then, connect your SD card to your PC using a card reader or your Android device and select ‘Recover from SD Card‘ among the displayed options. You can also use the software for data backup & restoration, lock screen removal, data erasing, root, data extraction, SIM unlock and screen recording.

Step 2: Select your card to begin scanning

When the connection between the card and computer has successfully been established, a display box will appear. It will contain an icon for your card and the name of your card. Click on the icon and then proceed by clicking on “Next” for continuation.

Step 3: Scan your SD card with your preferable scan mode

You’ll be able to use two separate modes of scanning for damaged SD card recovery, Standard mode, and Advanced mode. Standard mode, which will be a surface level scan, itself will have two options, “Scan for deleted files” (clicking on this option will only scan deleted files on your SD card and will take least amount of time) and “Scan for all files” (clicking on this option will scan all files and will take more time).

Advanced mode is a deeper, more detailed scan and will take much more time than the standard option, but it will reveal much more results with precision.

Recommendation: Choose the standard mode first and only use the advanced mode, if your required file hasn’t been found.

Step 4: Select and preview your data for damaged SD card recovery

After the scanning is done, all the files that have been found by Dr.fone toolkit will be displayed on your computer screen and, all of which will be categorized on a window the left side of the screen.

You can select your desired files from a variety of options including the Gallery, Videos, Audio, and Documents. Click on the desired category, and you will be introduced to the previews of the files of that specific type of the large window displayed on the right side of the screen. You can select one file at a time to have a larger preview to make sure that the file is the one you desire to extract.

Step 5: Check the files and proceed to recovery

As previewing the files will introduce you to the files you want, you can also “check” them. Checking them will give you the ability to mark multiple files at the same time for extraction selectively.

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After you have selected all the files you desire from every category, click on the “Recover” tab on the bottom right of your screen. Sub-sequentially, a window will pop-up where you will be able to select the destination where you would like your files to be saved. You will then be able to browse your computer and recover your lost files in your specified folder.

Try dr.fone – Data Recovery (Android)

Congratulations! By using these two Recoverit & dr.fone – Data Recovery (Android) programs, you can recover formatted SD card & bring back all your lost data from your Micro SD card. No matter if the Micro SD card has been formatted, damaged, or infected with the virus, your precious pictures, audios, videos, documents, emails, and chats will never be lost. So, you don’t need to preserve your memories in the cheesy old fashioned way or scream at your toddler for doing what a toddler does.

You can also use Wondershare software for damaged or formatted Android phones, even if you are a Windows PC user or an Apple Mac user. These programs will support and help you with all kinds of files and data recovery.