Retrieve Formatted XD Card Data

In cameras and hand-held devices, XD card is the most common storage medium that’s being used. However, your crucial data may be lost from the XD card due to formatting. For instance, on your Windows system, when checking for the free space in the XD card using Properties option, you may click the Format option. Some other times when you insert the XD card into the camera or the PC, you may get format error. Thus you may end up formatting it. Whether it’s intentional or unintentional, there are plenty such reasons that leads to data formatting.

We all have been through such a situation at least once in our lifetime. When you already have formatted your XD card you need to follow the below measures before the data is lost forever.

  • Do not perform any operation on the XD card, whether it’s in your camera or computer. This is done in order to prevent over writing of the data
  • Immediately remove the XD card from its respective device

Technically speaking, formatting of XD card does not erase any of your data. It just removes the reference to the file location. All of your formatted data will be still present where they were before you formatted them. If you happened to format the XD card for whatever reason, either on your computer or camera this post will assist you to retrieve formatted XD card data. Windows users can try below methods to recover formatted XD card data.

Method 1: Using Command Prompt

Windows OS provides an option to restore data from XD card using commands. Follow the below steps to extract data using this method:

Step 1: Click on Start button, then within the search box look for Run

Step 2: Enter cmd within the text box

Step 3: When Command Prompt opens, enter the following command

            CHKDSK [driveletter] /r

Step 5: Finally choose Yes

Once the process is completed, check for data in your formatted XD card. In rare cases, successful restoration cannot be guaranteed with this method. Hence after trying this method, if you want to go for a more advanced extraction technique then read further.

Method 2: Choose a data recovery tool – Yodot Photo Recovery

You can extract your photos and other important data from the formatted XD card using a top-notch application known as Yodot Photo Recovery. This software is capable of extracting deleted data as well. When data is huge, the retrieval process usually takes a long time to complete. Hence with the help of this utility you can pause and resume the restoration process whenever required by simply opening your previously saved recovery session. To make use of this utility you need to download and install it on your Windows system follow the below steps:

Step 1: The main screen will display two options, Deleted Photo Recovery and Lost Photo Recovery. Select the second option

Step 2: Next, select your XD card name from the list of devices displayed on your PC

Step 3: Scanning process starts and returns retrievable items

Step 4: Preview and save the file to any preferred location