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Zoom Handy Recorders are known for their powerful features in recording sounds, music, speech and much more. The digital data is recorded on SD cards given their outstanding performance on storage capacity, easy access, removability, and portability. However, Zoom users may receive a "Format Card" warning when they load SD cards on the device. 

When you are required to format your SD card on Zoom Handy Recorders, don't panic. On this page, EaseUS will guide you through the process of formatting your SD card for Zoom devices. With the supported file system, you will be able to load your SD card on Zoom Recorders successfully and get ready for recording.

Why Do You Have to Format SD Card for Zoom 

Zoom Handy Recorder captures the sounds or moments of various events. Before using an SD card on Zoom Recorders such as H4, H5, and H6, it is suggested that you format your SD card to make it recognizable. 

  • Maximize performance: Recording for long periods of time can take up a lot of space. Formatting the SD card can help you restore SD card to full capacity.
  • Avoid recording failure: Using an SD card that has not been formatted could cause dropouts when recording. 
  • Prevent file errors: When you switch an SD card from one device to Zoom Recorders or use a new card, it is a good idea to format it to prevent file errors from building up.

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How to Format SD Card for Zoom 

For the reasons mentioned above, it is necessary to format your SD card for Zoom to make it workable. In the following section, we provide some ways for you to choose. Continue to read and find a suitable one.

Formatting the SD card will erase all the data on it. If you use an SD card with data stored before, it is better to make a copy.

Way 1. Format SD Card on Zoom Devices 

One direct way to format your SD card is to perform it on the exact device you are using. You can format your SD card while starting up on your recorder.

Here is a guide for you:

Step 1. Insert your SD card from the card slot.

💡Note: Make sure that the power is off when inserting an SD card to prevent errors.

Step 2. Press the Menu button.

Step 3. Press the dial wheel to scroll down and select "SD card".

choose sd card on zoom

Step 4. Press the dial wheel to enter the SD Card menu and select "Format".

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Step 5. Select "Yes" to begin the process.

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Note: If you use an SD card for the first time, you might receive a "Format Card" warning. You can simply press the dial wheel to select "Yes" to format the card.

After completing the process, you can use it to record on your Zoom devices. If you find this method helpful in formatting your SD card for Zoom, feel free to share it with others.


Way 2. Use a Third-party Tool - EaseUS Partition Master 

If you are looking for a reliable Windows SD card formatting tool, consider EaseUS Partition Master Professional. This third-party tool makes formatting an SD card for Zoom easy. It has a simple interface, so even a computer beginner will find it easy to use. The tool presents detailed information about your SD card. To format it, you need to do a few clicks.

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💡Note: When choosing the file system for your SD card, you can check the product manual of your Zoom Recorder. Then, you select exFAT or FAT32 to avoid the compatibility issues. 

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.

Follow the step-by-step guide here to format your SD card:

It won't take too much energy and time to format your SD card. Moreover, EaseUS Partition Master can help manage your SD card more comprehensively, such as:

You are welcome to download and try these features. 

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Way 3. Use File Explorer

Another way to format your SD card for Zoom on Windows is to use this built-in tool. It does not require too many steps.

Here is a guide for you:

Step 1. Insert your SD card onto your computer.

Step 2. Right-click on your SD card and select "Format".

Step 3. Choose the file system you want for your SD card on Zoom.

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Step 4. Select "Quick Format" to begin the process.

You might encounter some problems in the process. If your SD card will not format, read the article to get help:

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Way 4. Use Disk Management

You can also resort to Disk Management to format your SD Card for Zoom. This is an effective way to get access to your SD card and make it readable on your Zoom Recorders.

Here are the steps for you:

Step 1. Connect your SD card to your computer.

Step 2. Choose Disk Management from the Start Menu.

Step 3. Find your SD card, right-click on it, and choose Format.

Step 4. Choose a file system and allocation unit size from the list. You can choose the default allocation unit in the box.

format sd card in disk management

Step 5. Click on "Perform a quick format", and hit "OK".

If you can't format your SD card using the given methods, you can resort to force-formatting SD card.


Before using an SD card on your Zoom devices to record, you should format it to make it work smoothly and improve its performance as well. We will give you detailed steps to format it on your Zoom Recorders. Also, we introduce ways to format your SD card on Windows. The reliable tool EaseUS Partition Master can help you carry out the task easily with its advanced features. To format your SD card for Zoom, you are welcome to try and experience it.

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FAQs about How to Format SD Card for Zoom

After going through the details about how to format your SD card for Zoom, you might still have some questions about this topic. You can continue to read the following section.

1. What SD cards work with Zoom H1N?

Zoom H1n supports SD cards for recording. You can use micro SD/SDHC cards with up to 32GB storage capacity. If the SD card exceeds 32GB, it won't be cognizable. Please note that before you begin recording with Zoom H1N, you need to format your SD card to make it workable.

2. Why won't my Zoom H4N load cards?

If you insert your SD card into your Zoom H4N and receive the "No Card" notice, you can first check if the SD card is correctly inserted. Make sure it is placed in the right direction. Also, check the security tab to see if the protected mode is locked. You can turn to tools such as EaseUS Partition Master if your SD card is write-protected.

3. How do I format my SD card for Zoom H6?

You can format your SD card from the startup on your Zoom H6. When the startup screen says "Format Card", it means your SD card has not been formatted on the H6. Press and DIAL and select "Yes" on the screen. Wait for it to complete the process.

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Cici is the junior editor of the writing team of EaseUS. She accepted the systematic training on computers at EaseUS for over one year. Now, she wrote a lot of professional articles to help people resolve the issues of hard drive corruption, computer boot errors, and disk partition problems.

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