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SD Card Needs to Be Formatted: Fix it Now!

SD Card Needs to Be Formatted

Here you will find out:

  • how to fix this issue
  • how DiskInternals can help you

Are you ready? Let's read!

About This Issue

Due to the fact that SD cards are used by people every day, there is a misunderstanding that storage data is often prone to errors and file corruption. So, for example, you may receive the message "need to format the SD card.". This indicates that the files required for reading or writing have been lost. That is, you cannot access the file on the SD card and usually, this happens for the following reasons:

  • Formatting is in the old file system or in an incompatible file system
  • SD card fell and is physically damaged
  • System errors
  • Virus attacks

You can use this article to restore the disk’s working capacity without resorting to formatting it.

Make Sure Your Data is Safe with Uneraser

First of all, you need to recover inaccessible data from a flash drive because anything can happen while fixing a device. Perhaps the flash drive will be repaired, but you will not see the data on it. To prevent such an outcome of events, use DiskInternals Uneraser and soon all the saved data will be in another accessible place.

This program has a deep data scan function. You may be surprised, but Uneraser can easily recover up to 1 PB of absolutely any file format. The application supports the following file systems: FAT12, Reiser4, ReFS, UFS, HFS, NTFS, ReiserFS, XFS, Ext2 / 3/4, etc. Thanks to the free preview function, you can be completely sure of the final result, as you will see every file that has been recovered separately. Download a free adware version of the software before purchasing a license and see how easy it will be if the recovery wizard guides you through all the steps.

Instructions for recovering data from an SD card or hard drive using DiskInternals Uneraser:

1. Download and install the recommended utility on your computer or laptop.

2. The Disk Repair Wizard will start automatically, you will need to follow its recommendations.

3. Select the type of files you want to recover, if it matters to you. Otherwise, go to scan.

4. Scan: Relax, a little while and the goal will be achieved.

5. Preview - select the Preview in a New Window option by clicking on the file with the right mouse button, then the recovery will happen automatically.

6. Export checked files. To do this, you just need to purchase a license, and it is better to save the recovered documents in another safe place.

Let's Fix it!


You can now start fixing the “SD card says it needs to be formatted” error using the CHKDSK command. This command is dangerous from the aspectof the safety of your data, however, now you have nothing to worry about, since DiskInternals Uneraser gave you confidence.

So, plug your SD card into your computer. Once it is detected, go to the Start menu, find Command Prompt, and click Run as Administrator.

The lead command is «chkdsk» drive letters «/ f», and «/ r» respectively. It will help you identify and fix bad sectors on your SD card or fix system errors.

Once you run the command, wait diligently for it to complete and restart your computer. After that, the flash drive will no longer need to be formatted.

Use OS Explorer

You can fix the “format problem SD card” through Windows Explorer as follows:

Connect the SD card to your computer, right-click the Start button and open Windows Explorer. Next, click on the removable disk and select Properties, go to the Tools tab. Then click the Check button and activate the functions Automatically Fix File System errors and Check and Try to Repair Bad Sectors. Now click Start, wait until the recovery process is complete.

Restarting the computer after this is required.

Use OS Disk Management

To fix the SD-card using Windows Disk Management, follow these steps:

Connect your storage device to the system. Next, open This PC, then click Manage and finally select Disk Management. In the new window, change the drive letter and path to represent the problematic device via disk management access.

After that, you should update your device driver via Device Manager→ expand USB controllers and click Generic USB Hub and update driver.

Try Diskpart

To use this method, go to the command line as described above and type "diskpart", press Enter.

Next enter:

List of Disks and press Enter. You will see all drives connected to the system.

Select Disk and press Enter.

Clear and press Enter.

Create Primary Partition and press Enter.

Active and press Enter.

Select Section 1 and press Enter.

Format fs = fat32 and press Enter.

This will format the CD card in the FAT32 file system.

Note: Do not close the window until formatting is complete. Then reboot the system.

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