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Clear/Reformat/Erase/Wipe SD Card & USB Flash Drive

Jan 03, 2018 / Posted by Jean to Partition Master

Summary:
Here you can learn how to clear, erase, wipe or reformat an SD card, USB flash drive, hard drive and disk partition. Try the step-by-step tutorial to fix your issue in the easiest and most efficient way.

Differences between erasing and formatting a memory card or USB drive

In many cases, you should clear or reformat SD card, USB flash drive, pen drive, hard drive for certain reasons. Both of the operations will wipe all your data on the device but they are usually done for the different purpose.

When you need to clear or wipe an SD card/USB flash drive:

  • Gain more device when SD card or USB drive is full. 
  • Secure erase all the data on the SD card, USB flash drive before selling.
  • Remove unknown virus or malware on SD card or USB flash drive

When you need to reformat an SD card/USB flash drive:

  • Clean SD card, USB flash drive, hard drive and deleted its partition when the devices are not working properly.
  • Change RAW to FAT32, NTFS or other file systems to fix RAW issue
  • Restore SD card to full capacity when SD card does not show full capacity
  • Restore USB drive back to full capacity when flash drive shows the wrong capacity.
  • Change the file system to use the SD card, USB flash drive, hard drive in different devices, for example, format PS4 hard drive for PC.

After learning the differences between erasing and formatting an SD card/USB drive, you can choose the right method that works best to fix your issue. Here EaseUS free partition software that fully compatible with Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista can help you manage the job in the easiest and most efficient way. Now, you can connect the SD card or USB drive to PC and try the step-by-step tutorial to manage the job with ease. 

How to clear, erase or wipe SD card/USB flash drive

Step 1. Launch EaseUS free partition software. Select the hard disk, SD card or USB flash drive which you want to wipe, right click and choose "Wipe data".

Select wipe disk option to wipe SD card/USB flash drive

Step 2. Set the number of times to wipe the disk, SD card or USB drive (10 times at most) and click "OK". If the device contains system partition, your system will fail to boot after wiping the disk.

Set the number of wipe times to wipe SD card/USB flash drive

Step 3. A dialog box will pop up as "A computer restart after disk erase is recommended". Click "OK". You will see the wiped disk, SD card or USB drive becomes unallocated space on the disk map.

Confirm to restart computer to wipe SD card/USB flash drive

Step 4. Click "Apply" to apply all the changes to wipe SD card, USB flash drive or disk partition.

How to format & partition SD card/USB flash drive

Step 1. Launch EaseUS free partition software. Right-click the SD card or USB flash drive and choose "Format partition".

choose the right option to reformat SD card or USB flash drive

Step 2. A mini window pops out, on which you can edit the partition label and choose a file system.

edit information of the formatted SD card or USB flash drive

Step 3. Click "Apply" to confirm to reformat SD card or USB flash drive.