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How to Fix SD Card Won't Format on Mac


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Having the tiny SD card for camera or smartphone is great! But what if the SD card won't format on Mac or Windows? Will it means you'll lose all of the photos, videos on SD card, check this post and find out the data recovery solution on SD card.

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Why SD card won't format error prompts?

In the market, the quality of SD card is uneven so that the ordinary consumers cannot distinguish due to various fake SD card brands. That's why a lot of poor quality SD cards become inaccessible after short times.

Generally, you'll receive error on Mac or Windows “Windows/Mac cannot complete the format." Many users feel that encountering this error indicates that the memory card cannot be used completely and decide to throw the SD card away. In fact, with several necessary operations, you can then fix the SD card to access again, most important, the precious photos, videos won't be lost!

Here are some common scenarios of causing the SD card won't format error:

1. Virus attack
2. Bad sector on the SD card
3. Physical Damage

How to fix SD card won't format error?

There are 2 methods for you to work out on fixing this error, however, if you encountering the error while saving the vital data to the SD card, the prior move you have to do is recover data instead of reformatting the SD card.

Method One, Assign the new driver letter and then recover data from the error SD card

Step 1. Assign the new driver letter to make the SD card recognizable

Connect the error SD card to PC >> Press WIN+X and then choose Disk Management >> Right-click the error SD card and choose change driver letter and paths >> Assign the new drive letter for this error SD >> Click Ok >> Reconnect the SD card

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Generally, SD card won't format error happened on matter from SanDisk, Samsung, Polaroid, Silicon Power, Transcend, Lexar, Toshiba can be fixed by assigning new drive letter.

Step 2. Recover data from inaccessible SD card

When the SD card can be recognized by operating system, download the free SD card recovery software – Bitwar Data Recovery and then install it to the computer, after installation, simply follow below tutorials to recover data.

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1. Launch the software and then find the won't format SD card there, click Next to continue.
2. Choose all file types or check the target types you want to shorten the scanning time. Click Scan to start.
3. The scanning runs to search all existing files from the SD card and in the meantime, the scanned files shows on the window one by one. Normally, the scanning time depends on the storage capacity itself. After the process finished, double click the file to turn to Preview tab to generate thumbnails for each file, those files can be previewed means they are completely for recovery.
4. Choose the files after preview and then hit Recover to save the files.

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Tips: Please DO NOT save the files backup to the SD card in order to prevent further data loss

Method Two, Fix SD card won't format error by using CHKDSK or DISKPART

CHKDSK: Press WIN+X and then choose Command Prompt (Admin) >> Type CHKDSK H: /F (Replace H:  to the exact drive letter) >> Wait until finish

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DISKPART: Press WIN+X and then choose Command Prompt (Admin) >> Type DISKPARRT >> Type list disk on the diskpart utility >> Type Scan Disk 1 (Replace 1 with the drive number of your SD card >> Type Clean >> Type create partition primary and hit Enter >> Type select disk 1 and hit Enter (Replace 1 with the drive number of SD card) >> Type active to make the SD card partition activate >> Type format fs = ntfs or format fs = fat32 and hit Enter  >>Type assign letter = F

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You'll then fix the SD Card won't format error by using CHKDSK or DISKPART.

In conclusion

Don't panic when you are having SD card won't format error, with several necessary operations you'll then fix the error for sure, what if you lost data due to the SD card won't format error, try to take a chance on using Bitwar Data Recovery to recover data easily and quickly.


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