Solved Accidentally Formatted SD Card - Can I Recover files?

October 9, 2015 at 06:36:40
Specs: Windows 10, Intel Core i3 CPU M 330 @ 2.13GHz / 3.00 GB (2.86 GB usable) RAM
I have a SanDisk 16GB MicroSD HC card in a SanDisk adapter. I use it in my digital camera.

I spent the day taking important pictures that will not be able to be re-taken. When I got home, I ejected the card from my camera and inserted it into my laptop. I was ready to open it and therefore accidentally clicked Enter when it said I needed to format the card. A pop-up came up saying the card could not be formatted. After ejecting and reinserting the card, it says that the card needs formatted before it can be used.

I asked my more computer savvy friend to see if they knew what was wrong. They said they would try using a recovery program, but would need to format it first. They inserted it into their smart phone and tried formatting it that way, with no success.

I think the images are probably lost, but just wanted to get a second opinion. It would be very awesome if anyone knew of a way to copy the deleted files or anything, as it will be quite troublesome if they cannot be recovered. Thank you in advance for your help and suggestions.

EDIT: When trying to open the card in recovery program a pop-up says

D:\ is not accessible.

The volume does not contain a recognized file system.
Please make sure that all file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted.

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October 9, 2015 at 08:29:03
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You could try this program. Use the free version. Have you tried putting the card back in the camera and seeing if they show up. You can format it in your camera. If you format it, but will loose everything on it. In the future, use a wire that plugs into your camera and the computer and upload them from the camera. When you eject a card from a device under the wrong conditions, you can screw up the data. Good Luck.

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October 9, 2015 at 08:29:53
"Accidentally Formatted SD Card"

No you didn' weren't able to. Most likely the file table is corrupt or the card simply died. See if this helps:


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October 9, 2015 at 11:14:55
There are a couple of utilities that may be able to restore/repair the partition. Testdisk and Easeus Partition recovery. Links to both below.

Whatever you do, DO NOT write anything to the card.


Look for the card in Windows Disk Management. If it shows there and the file type is RAW, then riider is correct and the file system is corrupted. At any rate, it can be fixed. Recuva may not be able to recover anything from an external storage device.

I suggest you make a copy of the SD card somewhere.

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October 9, 2015 at 17:08:39
If you still have the camera, does it read the card? If so is there an option to connect the whole camera and transfer?


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