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How to Fix "This Memory Card Cannot Be Used" Error

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Jun 14, 2024 • Filed to: SD Card Solutions • Proven solutions

For various reasons, some more common than others, memory cards stop working or at least give the impression of failure. One of the errors that we will discuss in this article is the fix "This Memory Card Cannot Be Used" error solution. We will go through recovery options depending on each scenario and if nothing works we can always use Professional Data Recovery Software.

Part 1: Overview of "This Memory Card Cannot Be Used" Error

Whenever you grab your Nikon camera to take some photos you don't expect to see the message "This Memory Card Cannot Be Used" and sometimes followed by "Card may be damaged. Insert another card".

This means that if you did not have any photos on that memory card, you are in luck. However, if you did, then there are high chances that your photos might be gone forever. This error can ruin someone's vacation memories.

Most people will give up and throw away the memory card, in acceptance that everything is lost. However, this is not the end as the photos might still be in there somewhere. Although your camera cannot use the memory card, a computer might be able to, so there is still hope.

Part 2: How to Fix "This Memory Card Cannot Be Used" Error

To fix "This Memory Card Cannot Be Used" error, you may have to format the memory card. Formatting a memory card can in most cases be done directly from the camera. The procedure is different from various devices.

If for any reason you are unable to format the memory card by yourself. You can use your computer to do so. Here are the steps:

Step 1 Insert the card into the memory card slot on your computer (if your computer doesn't have one you can purchase an adaptor from any IT store).

Step 2 Once you have the Memory card inside, press the Windows key + E and then click on "This PC" or "My Computer" depending on which windows version you have.

Step 3 Under "Devices with Removable storage" you should see your Memory card.

Step 4 Right-click on the icon and select "Format"

Step 5 Select the "File System" format you wish (you should check the user's manual to find out which format is most suitable for your camera and memory card". Usually, it is Fat32 for 32GB cards and EXFAT for 64G.

Step 6 It would be recommended to uncheck the option "Quick format" but not necessary.

Step 7 Click Start and wait. After it's finished the card is formatted.


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Part 3: How to recover data after fixing this memory card error by using Data recovery software

Formatting a Memory Card will most probably make it usable again by your Camera. However, this will also mean that everything on the card will be deleted. If by any chance neither the camera nor the Computer is able to read the Data on the card. Don't think about getting a new one and forget about your beloved photos because there is a solution to this. Windows might not be able to help you but there is a software called Recoverit Data Recovery that can recover data from memory card.

Recovering your data could not be made easier. With Recoverit you can enjoy your precious photos in no time. If you wish to recover data from a memory card because of the message "This Memory Card Cannot Be Used", follow the next simple steps to perform memory card data recovery:

Step 1 Download and install Recoverit Data Recovery Software. Connect your memory card to the computer.

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Step 2 Click the "Start" button to start scanning.

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Step 3 After the scanning has finished, you will be presented with a preview of what the scan has found on your Memory Card. At this point, you can choose to save one file or all of them by selecting them.

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Losing Pictures and videos from your Camera is never a fun experience. This inconvenience is unpredictable and in some cases, many people give up and don't even try to repair the Memory Card. Depending on the situation, in most cases recovering files might not be possible by using traditional methods. Luckily there is Recoverit Memory Card Data Recovery.

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