How to Unformat SD Card in Windows 7/Windows 10

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It happens all the time that files in your SD card messed up, and you didn’t want to sort it one by one, since it seems there is nothing important. Next, you formatted it only to find there were some family photos or videos, and they have gone as well. After then, you need to unformat the SD card.

What happens if you format a SD card?

Like the "reset to factory settings" function on phones, computers, cameras and more, formatting SD card means you are deleting everything you have added to the SD card. It is the quickest way to make your SD card neat and tidy. From there, you might say it’s done and done, everything just gone and you can’t unformat your SD card, what a pity. However, the fact is you can unformat your SD card. The data is not gone permanently right after you formatting the SD card. It is somewhere on your SD card with its once occupied space marked as space available for new data. If you unformate the SD card quickly enough, then there is a big chance for you to get the formatted data back. If not, then the formatted data will be overwritten by new generated data.

What to do to unformat SD card?

To unformat a SD card, the first thing you need to do is to stop using the SD card until you start to perform data recovery. Otherwise, you can’t get back the data again. Second, try any of the following ways to unformat SD card.

Method #1. Unformat SD Card with iBeesoft Data Recovery

Unformatting SD card with a professional data recovery tool is the most reliable and easy thing you need to do. You know, it will scan your SD card to find and recover files you need without much efforts. The tool I recommend you try is iBeesoft Data Recovery. It is the exclusive tool that allows you to recover 200MB files for totally free. It you’re lucky enough and your file is smaller than 200MB, then it is smart to try it. Here are the steps for using it to unformat SD card.

Step 1. Connect SD card with Computer

Insert your SD card to the computer SD card slot or use a SD card reader to connect your computer. If connected successfully, your SD card will appear on your computer as an external hard drive.

Step 2. Install iBeesoft Data Recovery on Computer

Click the download button below to download iBeesoft Data Recovery installation package. After then, double-click the .exe file to install it on your computer. It is fully compatible with the latest Windows 10 and widely used Windows 7.

Step 3. Select File Types to Recover/Scan

From the main window, you can see that all supported file types. Since you want to unformat your SD card, I suggest you scan for all the file types. If you only want to recover photos or videos, or other files, please uncheck the unneeded ones before clicking "Start".

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Step 4. Select SD Card to Scan

In the new window, you’re required to select your SD card to scan. Click the "Scan" button to start the scanning process.

scanning formatted sd card to recover data

Step 5. Unformat SD Card

If you have hundreds of files on your SD card, it may take a few minutes to finish the scanning process. Otherwise, it only takes a few seconds to finish it. After then, you’re required to select files you need and click "Recover" to save them to your computer.


to ensure the unformatted files are safe enough, instead of saving them to your SD card again, please save them to your computer hard drive.

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Method #2. Use Command Line to Unformat SD Card

If you know Windows operating system quite well, you can try the command line way to unformat SD card. It requires a little bit patience as well.

Please note that I regard the SD card drive letter as F, that’s why I put F above. If your SD card drive letter is not F, then please replace it with the right one.

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