How to Restore and Reclaim Full Capacity on SD Card without Losing Files

Restoring SD Card to Full Capacity

It would be a great loss when SD card not showing the right size of its capacity! You may not be able to make full usage of the storage device for saving and storing data. So if your SD card is showing wrong size, not the full capacity on Windows PC, then look no further! This article will show you how to restore SD card to full capacity without losing data through simple clicks. You can also employ the given methods to restore and reclaim full SD capacity in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, etc.

So just follow to see how to restore your SD card to original size and make it available for saving data again…

Step 1: Backup or recover data from SD card to avoid data loss

To avoid unnecessary data loss problems when SD card showing the wrong size of its capacity, it is suggested to restore whatever files are available on the card at the very first place.

When it comes to restoring files SD card, you can directly copy them and save to other secure storage devices accessible to Windows PC. But what if the card is inaccessible? Well, under such instances, the perfect choice would be letting a professional data recovery software for help. Remo Photo Recovery Software can simply help find and restore files from SD card to other devices with simple clicks on Windows 10/8/7 PC. Simply download, install and follow the simple on-screen instructions to get your data saved from SD card.

Now, you can move further to reclaim your SD card capacity.

Step 2: Restoring full capacity on SD memory card

Once getting all saved data and files from the SD card which shows wrong size on PC, you can now format SD card to reclaim its full capacity for saving data again. So here you’ll find the two most recommended free methods to format and restore SD card to full capacity.

#1. Use DiskPart cmd command to restore SD card to full capacity

Let’s see how to run DiskPart command to clear and restore capacity on SD card now:

  • First of all, get your SD card attached to PC
  • Right-click Start and select Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Sign in as administrator and type: diskpart to bring up DiskPart
  • Type: list disk and hit Enter
  • Type: select disk 1(replace 1 with the disk number of your SD card and hit Enter
  • Type: attribute disk clear read-only and hit Enter
  • Type: exit and hit Enter

Here, one thing to be noticed is that DiskPart CMD command indeed will help you clean the whole SD card, but you do need to recreate a new partition to make the SD card available for saving files again. So, you can use Disk Management tool in Windows 10 or other Windows PC to create a new partition.

#2. Use Disk Management tool to format and restore SD card to full capacity

In order to fully format and reclaim full capacity of SD card, follow steps:

  • Right-click This PC/My Computer > Manage
  • Select Disk Management under Device Manager, find and right-click on SD card and select Format Volume
  • Rename and reset file system of SD card to NTFS or FAT32 as your need, follow the onscreen guidelines to complete the format process

However, you may selectively follow any one method to get your SD card back to work normally again. Even though you’ll regain full capacity of your SD card and you can use it for storing and saving files and data again then, the above-mentioned methods would cause data loss if you haven’t backed up your files. You may lose your important files due to SD card format!

“If you are a victim of such kind of situation and looking to recover formatted SD card data, then it is recommended you to use Remo Photo Recovery Software.”

Restoring SD Card to Full Capacity was last modified: November 22nd, 2017 by John Harris

Customer Evangelist @remosoftware. Trying to perfect the art of writing while running a business. Fan of exceptional customer service.

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