How To Format SD Card: Windows, Mac, Android


How To Format SD Card: Windows, Mac, Android

If you use your gadget’s SD card to store pictures, music, videos, documents and even emails, there are chances that your SD card might contain some hidden files. If you want to completely format your SD card and get rid of both visible and hidden data, you ought to format it without using the Quick Format option. Let’s see how to format SD card in different ways.




Backup Your SD Card

Before formatting your SD card it’s necessary to backup important folders and documents onto your PC or to cloud storage to prevent data loss. Make sure to backup both visible and hidden files/folders.

How to Format SD Card: Windows 7

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Windows 7 has two programs to format your SD card: Windows Explorer and Disk Management. Disk Management can be initiated by typing “disk management” in the Start menu’s search box and pressing the “Enter” key. Its formatting feature can be got by making a right-click on the SD card and select “Format” initiates the formatting feature. Both features allow you to change the file format and name the card. Deselecting “Quick Format” overwrites any information during the re-formatting process, but it takes a bit longer.

How to Format SD Card: Windows 8

Step 1

Access the Settings menu of the phone by selecting it from the pinned tile or app list.

Step 2

In the Settings menu, drag down to the Phone Storage utility, and select it to proceed.

Step 3

At this point, a screen will appear showing a graph representing the levels of storage space left on both external and internal storage. In order to format the troubling SD card, tap on the SD card menu.

Step 4

Now on the appearing screen, select the format SD card option to start the formatting process.

Step 5

Before the device begins the formatting process, it will request you for a confirmation. Simply tap on Yes to start.

Step 6

Sit back until the format process gets completed. As soon as finished, the device will automatically recognize the SD card and request you to reconfigure it.

How to Format SD Card: Mac

With Apple’s in-built Disk Utility feature, you can erase your SD card to utilize either the Mac Extended Journal or FAT file systems.

Step 1

Insert the troublesome SD card into your Mac system’s SD card reader. In case, if your Mac doesn’t feature an in-built SD card reader, you can buy an external card reader that connects into the Firewire or USB port on your Mac.

Step 2

Click the “Go” option in the Mac menu and then select “Applications”.

Step 3

Make double-click on the “Utilities” folder inside “Applications”. Again now make double-click on “Disk Utility” app icon to start the application.

Step 4

Select your SD card on the left part of the “Disk Utility” function. Then, click the “Erase” button.

Step 5

Select the drop-down box close to “Volume Format” and choose the sort of formatting for the SD card. Choose “FAT” if you want to access the SD card on both Windows and Mac-based systems. If you just wish to use the SD card in your Mac, choose “Mac OS Extended”.

Step 6

Provide a name for the SD card near the “Name” box. Select the “Erase” button to start SD card formatting process. Sit back until the “Format Complete” box appears before removing the SD card from your computer.

How to Format SD Card: Android

Sometime your SD card in your Android gadget might get corrupted. This could create several various issues, typically resulting in the PC syncing being unable to done properly or begin at all. Follow the steps given below to format your SD card.

Step 1

Right click on your problematic SD card drive on Computer or My Computer and choose “Format”.

Step 2

Forget all default settings and click “Start”.

Step 3

Once when the format is done, copy all your files and folders (backed up previously) back on to the SD card.

Do a chkdsk

  • Connect your Android gadget to your PC and launch it as a hard drive (i.e. mass storage mode).
  • On your system, open My Computer and take down the drive letter that’s attributed to your Android gadget’s SD card.
  • Again on your system, go to the Start menu, type “cmd” on the run box and pres “Enter” key.
  • Now type in the following command: chkdsk [sd card drive letter]:/r




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