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How to Format SD Card Using Windows, CMD and Formatter Tool

Updated on Dec 03, 2018 by Barbie to Partition Manager

Summary:
Altogether, 3 SD card formatting approaches are given to help format SD memory card effortlessly, including format SD card using CMD Command Prompt, Windows utility and third-party SD card formatter tool in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP or Vista.

Why Do You Format SD Card

What does formatting SD card do? Under many circumstances, people need to format SD Card to NTFS, FAT32 or exFAT file system in order to put it in proper use on a certain device, such as a digital camera, Android smartphone, game console, music player, a PC or Mac. Furthermore, for a fault SD memory card that's generating error messages concerning corruption, damage, inaccessibility, usually the behavior of a quick formatting will revive and prolong the card's lifespan!

Altogether, 3 SD card formatting approaches are given to help format SD memory card effortlessly, including format SD card using Windows utility, CMD Command Prompt, and third-party SD card formatting tool in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP or Vista.

Notice - Formatting is a process of erasing all information and setting it up as a brand new one. So, take a full backup first if you care about data.

How to Format SD Card Using Windows

You should first come up with the easiest way to format an external storage device, which is using Windows quick format feature and then Disk Management program.

Method 1. File Explorer

Step 1: Press "Windows key + E" to bring up the Windows Explorer. Click and open up the "Computer" in Windows 7 or "This PC" in Windows 10.

Step 2: Right-click on the connected SD card and select "Format".

Step 3: On the format window, you'll be told to select the desired file system which is set to NTFS, or FAT32 for 32GB SD cards and exFAT for 64GB SD cards.

Step 4: Click "Start".

Method 2. Disk Management

Step 1: Right-click on "Computer" or "This PC", select Management and then Disk Management under Storage section.

Step 2: Right-click on the SD card partition and select "Format".

Step 3: On the format window, check the box of Perform a quick format, and in the same way you need to choose a file system and allocation unit size.

Step 4: Click "OK".

format sd card in Windows Disk Management

How to Format SD Card Using CMD

This is somewhat higher-leveled, and Diskpart command is not recommended if you really find it hard to go through the whole process.

Step 1: Type cmd in the search box in Windows 10 and then you'll get the best match Command Prompt. Right-click on it and choose "Run as administrator".

Step 2: In the command prompt, type diskpart and press "Enter".

Step 3: Type list disk to list all the available drives and press "Enter".

Step 4: Type select disk + disk number ( for example, select disk 0) to select the SD card you want to format and press Enter.

Step 5: Type clean to clean the SD card you have selected and press "Enter".

Step 6: Type create partition primary to create a partition on the cleaned SD card and press "Enter":

Step 7: Type format fs=ntfs (or format fs=exfat) and press "Enter" to format the drive with NTFS or exFAT. 

Step 8: Type assign letter=drive letter (for example, assign letter=E) to assign a drive letter and press "Enter".

How to Format SD Card Using SD Card Formatter Tool

At last, we recommend third-party SD card formatting tool for a straightforward way of formatting a memory card. Compared with the Windows utilities and diskpart command line, using software, here we say EaseUS Partition Master, is the same free, what's more, comes handy when Windows was unable to complete the format, diskpart has encountered an error access is denied and however you try you just can't format SD card completely.

To format SD card in Windows 10 and all other operating systems, simply download and install the free partition manager on PC. The following 3-step SD card formatting guide will finish the task!

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 Windows 10 is supported

 

Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the partition on your external hard drive/USB/SD card which you want to format and choose the "Format" option.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: Assign a new partition label, file system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: In the Warning window, click "OK" to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting your external hard drive/USB/SD card.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

If the SD card is larger than 4GB, you can only choose FAT32, NTFS or EXT2/EXT3; and if the partition is smaller than 4GB, you can choose FAT, FAT32, NTFS or EXT2/EXT3.