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How to Format SD Card for Dash Cam on Windows/Mac/Dash Cam? [2023 Lasted Ways]

Updated by Daisy on Feb 22, 2023
Written by Cici

Formatting the SD card for the Dash Cam regularly is very important to maintain the car recorder and ensure the car owner's rights. Because sometimes you may find that the Dash Cam does not recognize the SD card or keeps saying format SD card. If you do not know how to format an SD card for a Dash Cam, this article provides a variety of ways to format the SD card on three different systems.


How Do I Format SD Card for Dash Cam? 3 Ways 

To ensure the best performance of Dash Cam, it is essential to format it regularly. It's better to format it every 2-3 weeks or every month to delete the old files and free space for the new recordings. 

There exist several ways to format SD cards for Dash Cams. You can format it on Windows, Mac, or Dash Cam. And each method will use different tools:

Method 1. Format SD Card for Dash Cam Using EaseUS Partition Master 

Method 2. Format SD Card for Dash Cam Using Disk Utility

Method 3. Format SD Card for Dash Cam Using Screen Menu 

When your dash cam can't start up or is frozen, you need to choose to format on Windows or Mac. All these methods are not complex. Let's start with the easiest way to format an SD card for Dashcam.

1. You need to ensure the SD card is in FAT32 format for the Dash Cam.
2. You need to put the SD card into an SD Card adaptor before you begin to format it. 

How to Format SD Card for Dash Cam on Windows - EaseUS Partition Master

There are several ways to format SD cards for Dash Cam on Windows. Here I will recommend the easiest one: EaseUS Partition Master Free. It is a professional disk management tool that can format SD cards quickly. Let's see how to use this tool to format SD card for Dash Cam.

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Step 1. Find your SD card and right-click the partition you want to format and choose "Format".

Step 2. Set a new partition label, file system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3/EXT4/exFAT), and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Step 3. Click "Yes" on the pop-up window to continue.

Step 4. Click the "Execute 1 Task(s)" button on the toolbar, then click "Apply" to start formatting your SD card.

What Else Can EaseUS Partition Master Do?

Do you find that formatting an SD card with EaseUS Partition Master is very simple by following the steps? EaseUS Partition Master is an easy-to-use but powerful tool. It also provides you with the following convenience: 

Anyway, EaseUS Partition Master is a tool worth trying. It can meet your multiple needs. You can click the link below to learn more ways to use other solutions to format SD cards for Dash Cam on Windows. 

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How to Format SD Card for Dash Cam on Mac - Disk Utility

You can format the SD card for Dash Cam with Disk Utility on Mac. Disk Utility is a built-in tool that can be used to manage internal and external devices. If your computer belongs to macOS, you can follow the steps below to finish formatting the SD card for Dash Cam.

Step 1. Mount the SD card on your Mac. 

Step 2. Open "Disk Utility" in "Utilities."


Step 3. Select the SD card for Dash Cam on the left side.

Step 4. Click "Erase" at the top of the page.


Step 5. Name the SD card, select "FAT" format, and choose "Erase."


How to Format SD Card for Dash Cam on Dash Cam – Screen Menu

Most Dash Cams will offer the option to format from the on-screen menu. If you don't want to remove the SD card, you can follow the steps below to format the SD card for Dash Cam directly on the Dash Cam.

Step 1. Turn on the Dash Cam and enter the menu system.

Step 2. Click the "Setup" button in the upper right corner.


Step 3. Select "Format SD Card" in the lower left corner.


Step 4. Follow the instructions and finish formatting the SD card for Dash Cam.

These are how to format SD cards on Windows, Mac, and Dash Cam. If you encounter the problem "Dash Cam says SD card full," you can click the link below to fix it.

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This article provides three ways to format SD cards for the Dash Cam. The easiest way to format for the Dash Cam is using EaseUS Partition Master. You can use Disk Utility to complete the formatting if your computer is macOS. Of course, you can also format it directly on the Dash Cam menu. No matter which way you prefer, always remember to format regularly to keep your Dash Cam operating in the best condition.

FAQs About How to Format SD Cards for Dash Cam

Are you clear about how to format the SD card for the Dash Cam? I list three questions related to today's topic. I hope it can help you. 

1. What format should the SD card be for the Dash Cam?

The SD card format for the Dash Cam should be FAT32. And most cameras require this file system format. If your SD card belongs to other formats, you need to reformat it.

2. How often should I format my SD card for the Dash Cam?

You should format your SD card regularly. It's better to format it every month to ensure its performance.

3. Why does my dash cam say format SD card?

Because dash cam will delete some old and unnecessary footage for more space, it will automatically remind you to format the SD card.

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Cici

Cici has accepted the systematic training on computers at EaseUS. Now she has a detailed understanding of common computer issues, as well as computer backups and disk formatting management solutions.

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