I have a good condition Nikon d3300 that randomly started giving me the error "This Card is Not Formatted". Then when I try to format, it says "the option is not available in current settings or in the cameras current state". I checked and the card is not manually locked. No damage has happened that I am aware of. Please help! I have wedding photos from my daughters wedding on this card!


It sounds like some communication or compatibility problem with the card. I would try accessing your photos by putting the card in an external card reader on a computer. The card readers are not expensive. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=sd+card+reader

  • I did put in in the computer and it said it could not find any photos on the device to upload – clara medland Mar 5 '19 at 16:55
  • Well, not sure of your meaning, but you do have to select the right folder on the card. On a Nikon camera, the first folder name is probably DCIM, and then there will be another folder inside there, which you click to open in the card reader software. It should then show your image files, and the reader can access them. If you have done that, and still found no images, then the problem appears to be the card, and not the camera. Cards can fail, and cards are NOT the best long term archival storage. – WayneF Mar 5 '19 at 17:07

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