What to Do When SD Card is Not Able to Format

Sometimes, you may receive a weird message stating – Windows was unable to complete the format when you are attempting to do a format on SD card on a Windows computer. However, this page tells about the reasons why formatting will be not completed and provide a solution for the same.

Well, most probably the error “Windows was unable to format” pops up when SD card has been infected by a virus, or when there are any incompatibility issues with drivers, or presence of bad sectors, or if the drive turns RAW. In order to access such card and its data, the OS will ask you to format the drive, but you fail to do so!

SD card showing not able to complete the format? First, try to recover data from SD card

It is very important to recover all the files from the SD card when you asked to format it before performing any further operation to fix the error. Just run the data recovery tool to scan SD card and restore data from it.

Step by step guide to recover data for can’t format SD card error

In order to restore data from SD card that is not able to complete the format, download and install SFWare Card Recovery Software on Windows computer first and follow below guidelines:

  • Attach SD card to the computer where the software has been installed
  • Run the program and choose “Lost Photo Recovery” option from the welcome screen
  • Then, select the drive representing SD card from the list of available drives
  • The software starts scanning the drive and after sometime it displays recovered files
  • Preview the files and save them on the desired location after buying the licensed key of the product

Caution: Don’t save the files after recovery on the same device from where you recovered them.

The software SFWare Card Recovery provides one more very important option called Formatted/ Re formatted Recovery option that helps in recovering files from formatted SD card. You can easily retrieve various file types using this toolkit. Such as images, audios, videos, MS Office files, compressed files, etc. Not only this, data from RAW, corrupted, deleted as well as lost SD card partitions will also be recovered in simple steps through this utility.

About SFWare Card Recovery Application

The software is very well-known for its friendly user interface. To operate the tool, you no need to be a techie, but a minimum knowledge about the computer is enough. Just need to follow the onscreen instructions and accomplish the task of data recovery just in 3 – 4 steps. Further, allows users to have a preview and cross verify the recovered files. Also, if any difficulty arises while installing the product, there is a team of technical support to guide the issues at any point of time!

Supported Windows operating systems: The tool can be installed on any versions of Windows OS including Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2012.

Solution to fix Windows not able to complete format on SD card

Once done with data recovery from SD card showing unable to format, proceed to fix the issue using one of these methods:

Method #1: Try to format using Disk Management

To do this, go to this way: Right-click My Computer > Manage > Disk Management > then right-click the disk you need to format and select Format > choose the file system (NTFS or FAT32) and click Start button to complete the format.

Method #2: Command prompt to format SD card

Click Start button > Run"> type cmd > type diskpart > type disk volume (For instance, type "disk 1" if the drive you want to format is on the disk 1) > type format e:/fs:ntfs (e: is the drive letter of device that you want to format) and press Enter.

Hope the information is useful!


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