How to format a micro SD memory card without losing my files

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In case you're wondering how to format a micro sd memory card without losing my files, we recommend that you read the following guide in which we will tell you everything you need to know about it.

How to format a micro SD memory card without losing my files

Many times our cellphones, cameras and different devices require us to format our micro SD cards to be able to use them. In any case, this would result in the deletion of our files. For this reason, some considerations need to be taken before formatting the drive.



Make a backup before formatting the micro SD memory!

In many cases, a mobile cannot detect information stored on a micro SD card. For this reason it is necessary to format the drive. In any case, computers are usually much more permissive in this respect, so in most cases you can easily access this information.

Before starting the formatting process of a micro SD memory, we recommend that you make a backup of all files. Without a doubt, the best option is make this backup on your computer as it is one of the simplest ways you can retrieve information.

All you need to do is plug in your micro SD memory. To do this, you may very well need an adapter; although many computers directly have a micro SD or SD memory input.

After you have successfully connected the memory to your computer, copy all files and save them in any folder on the system that you can access again.

Format the memory from your computer

After successfully backed up your information on the micro SD memory, you can proceed with the formatting process. It is recommended to do this on a computer because it has a simple and efficient interface. However, you can also format the micro SD memory from any Android device.



  1. The first thing to do is to connect the micro SD memory to the computer.
  2. The card should look like a storage drive. To see it you have to go up “Team”.
  3. Locate your storage / micro SD drive and right click on it. Now or to the option "Format".
  4. It is best to leave the options as they appear. However, many mobile devices perform better using the FAT32 file system. Therefore, if your memory is not detected by the computer, you can try this setting.
  5. After you have successfully configured the application of formatting, click “Start” and wait for the process to complete. So you can use your memory without major inconvenience.

You should consider that many devices have some problems when formatting via Windows. For this reason, you can use the default tool for this function on your mobile, camera or any other device. Also, you can choose to format an SD card in Ubuntu from the terminal if you prefer.

Assuming you've previously backed up, all you need to do is connect your device to the computer and copy the information you previously saved.


Is it possible to recover lost files after formatting?

There are various methods to repair a damaged or formatted SD card and recover lost files. In any case, it is better to download an application designed specifically for this purpose.

On this occasion, we recommend that you use the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard software, an application specially designed to recover lost information from hard drives. Archiving come hard disk, micro SD, pen drive, ecc.


EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is very easy to use. Furthermore, it is capable of recovering documents, images, videos and a multitude of different files. To start using the software, you can download it from its official EaseUS website. If in doubt, you can use the link provided above, where you will find a guide on how to use this useful application.

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