5 Ways to Fix SD Card Memory Card Not Formatting In Mobile & Windows (Easily)

Formatting an external drive gets quite tricky, especially when it is old or has been used in different systems. You can expect file corruption, viruses, and many more unwanted items which can damage your data and the memory device too which is quite often. 

SD Card or Memory Card Not Formatting In Mobile And Windows

So, if you are willing to fix the error i.e. SD CARD or Memory Card Not Formatting In Mobile & Windows system, then this is the post that can get you through this. But first of all, you should recover your data if it is essential to you by using this below-mentioned tool and follow on method.

Recover Data Using Recuva

Using Recuva, you can back up some of the deleted data in external drives or the system as well. You can also use Recoverit, an advanced and paid tool to recover data with more accuracy, but Recuva also does the job decently, if you are in search of an alternate free recovery tool then you can also try iCare.

recuva recovery


  1. Insert the SD card in the system and make sure it detects
  2. Now, after installing the tool open it
  3. Press “Next
  4. Select “All files” in the “file types
  5. Click “Next
  6. Select the drive or the SD card
  7. Check box on the “Deep Scan
  8. Click on “Start
  9. Now it will start scanning
  10. Then, select all files or the files which you want to recover
  11. Click on “Recover
  12. Now allocate where the backup file you want to store
  13. Once you have selected the location click “Ok
  14. And you are done

So, make sure to recover all of your data before heading to the further methods which might require you to format the drive.

1. Remove Bad Sectors 

Basically, at times the SD card has some bad sector issues in the storage unit for which the phone can’t detect or read the data in the SD card but it can be fixed in the computer system through CMD.

remove bad sector using CMD


  1. Insert the SD card in the system and make sure it detects
  2. Click on the windows search bar
  3. Search for “Command Prompt or CMD”
  4. Right-click on it and Run it as administrator
  5. Type “CHKDSK (allocateddrive-letter): /f /r” and enter
  6. Then it will start scanning and repairing the device
  7. And done

2. Disable Write Protection 

In this method, you will have to use Group Policy Editor, while altering the settings make sure to not alter any other settings which could damage the system or even crash it. Hence, always follow the steps carefully without making unnecessary changes to the system.

disable write protection using group policy editor


  1. Use shortcut “Windows + R” button
  2. Or search for Run in the search bar
  3. Type “gpedit.msc” and enter
  4. Now look for “Administrative Templates” and expand it
  5. Look for “System” and expand it
  6. Click on “Removable Storage Access
  7. Now look for the option “Removable disks: Deny write access
  8. Then, click on the “Policy Setting” option 
  9. Make sure that it is in the “Not configured” state
  10. And you are done

3. Clean SD Card 

To clean the SD card through CMD, follow the below-mentioned steps carefully.

clean partition


  1. Click on the windows search bar
  2. Search for “Command Prompt or CMD”
  3. Right-click on it and Run it as administrator
  4. Type “diskpart” and enter
  5. After entering DISKPART type “list disk” and enter
  6. Then type “select disk (disk number) ” and enter
  7. Type “clean” and enter (After cleaning you will have to create a partition)
  8. Type “create partition primary” and enter
  9. To format type “format fs=ntfs” and enter (if you face size issue error then there will be no volume selected shown in the CMD)
    Note: FAT32 does not allow copying files of a size more than 4GB. Also for storage of more than 32GB use exFAT and the rest FAT32. 
  10. And Finished.

If this also didn’t work then, head for the next method.

4. Low-Level Formatting

To follow up on this method you will have to download a 3rd party software i.e. HDDGuru to format the SD card or any external memory device on a low level. 

HDD low level format small Format This Drive1


  1. First of all download HDDGuru and open it
  2. Now, click on “Continue for free
  3. Select the USB storage device after opening the tool.
  4. Click on “continue
  5. Click on the “Low-level format” box
  6. Now, just click on “Format this device” 
  7. The formatting process will begin and you will be done within a few minutes.

Check the next step to format the SD card on an advanced level.

5. Format Using MalvaStyle

Malva style has the capability to fix almost every other issue regarding the external device. Also, formatting on a higher level is also possible in this tool.

malva style


  1. Visit the official website or just click MalvaStyle to download the tool
  2. Then, click on the “USB only” box
  3. Click on “Disable in USB write protection
  4. Click on the dropdown menu and select the device
  5. Once you have selected the device
  6. There are two options to begin the format i.e. CHKDSK and DiskPart
  7. Click on “disk part” then click “ok
  8. Now the formatting process will begin
  9. And you are done


Why does my SD card say not formatted?

This happens mostly when the SD card is corrupted or inaccessible to the system or smartphone. You can use the above-mentioned method to format the memory card successfully. 

How do I fix a corrupted SD card on my phone?

Well, there is not much you can do in your smartphone regarding the corrupted SD card besides formatting it. Rather, you will need a computer system to properly go through the corrupted SD card and bring it back to function. 


So, these were the 5 best methods to format an in-accessible SD card in your Windows system. Hence, if you found this post useful then do share it with people who might get some help through this post. Also, you can check our website for more tech-related posts.

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Shreyash Pradhan
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