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

Updated on Nov 30, 2018 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/USB drive

In many cases, you should clear or reformat an SD card, USB flash drive, pen drive, or 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.

You may clear or wipe an SD card/USB flash drive to:

  • Gain more device when the SD card or USB drive is full
  • 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

You may reformat an SD card/USB flash drive to:

  • Clean SD card, USB flash drive, hard drive and delete its partitions when the devices are not working properly
  • Change RAW to FAT32, NTFS or other file systems to fix a 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 is 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. 

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 Windows 10 is supported

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

 

Step 1: Insert your SD card into your computer or connect your USB flash drive to your computer, run EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the SD card/USB partition you intend to format and choose "Format".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the new window, set the Partition label, File system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and Cluster size for your SD card/USB, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: Then you will see a warning window, click "OK" in it 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 SD card/USB flash drive.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

How to format & partition SD card/USB flash drive

 

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
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 Windows 10 is supported