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How to Decrypt and Format Encrypted SD Card

Posted on Jan 15, 2018 by Tracy King to Partition Master

Forgot the encryption password of your encrypted SD card? How to decrypt and format the encrypted SD card then? This guide will tell you how to start, and the essential tools you need are diskpart utility and EaseUS partition manager software.

Nowadays, most smartphones, digital cameras, and other portable storage devices provide encryption feature, by which users are able to encrypt the data and files stored within. Encrypting materials on an SD card would efficiently protect privacy and ensure data security. However, forgetting the encryption password could definitely kill you, even trying to format SD card that is encrypted won't help, because Windows won't give the permission. Usually, it sends a security error that prevents the format. Nothing could help?! Calm down. If you want to decrypt and format encrypted SD card, firstly, you must wipe the card completely along with the encryption information by using Diskpart utility, then use EaseUS partition magic to do the format.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Make sure your SD card is correctly connected to a Windows PC and it is recognized as a removable storage device. For example, Windows detects your SD card as drive G:.

STEP 1. Use Diskpart utility to wipe SD Card encryption

1) Press "Windows-R" and type "cmd" in the Run box (without the quotation mark);

2) Press "Enter" key to open a new command prompt window;

3) Click inside the command prompt window, and type "diskpart", then press "Enter" key to display volume information for all of the hard drives installed in the system;

4) Enter "select disk g" at the prompt (g is the disk number of the encrypted SD card);

5) Type "clean all" and then press "Enter" key.

After some minutes, Diskpart utility will finish wiping all data on the encrypted SD card. Now you can move on to the next step to format the card.

STEP 2. Use EaseUS Partition Master to format encrypted SD card

Download EaseUS partition manager software to your PC and use its format partition feature to format encrypted SD card with ease.

1) Right-click the SD card storage drive letter, and choose "format partition".

choose format partition to format encrypted sd card

2) Edit the format information in the dialogue box by confirming a partition label, selecting a file system among NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, EXT2/EXT3, and a cluster size from 512 bytes to 64KB. Click "OK".

format encrypted sd card

3) Click "Apply" to confirm the formatting manner.

After done with the two steps above, you've now successfully decrypted SD card and formatted it as new.

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 Windows 10 is supported