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How to Format an SD Card to NTFS

Updated on Dec 07, 2018 by Tracy King to Partition Master

In this post, you can learn how to format an SD card to NTFS with Windows built-in tool or EaseUS partition software. Try it whenever you want to use your SD card in Windows laptop and Android tablet.

Can You Format an SD Card to NTFS

SD card is a portable storage device, which is widely used in cameras, camcorders, and mobile phones, to extend internal memory. The FAT file system seems to be compatible with all these electronic devices. However, sometimes, you may want to format the card to the NTFS system, so you can use it as a storage device in a Windows laptop and an Android tablet. In this page, we would like to introduce two ways to convert to NTFS. You can choose one that works best for you.

1 - Format the SD card to NTFS with the Windows Built-in Tool

Step 1. Press “Windows +R” keys to open Run box, type "diskmgmt.msc" and hit "Enter" to run Disk Management.

Step 2. Locate the SD card and right click it. Then choose "Format".

Step 3. In the Format Dialogue, select NTFS. If you like, you can add Volume label to this SD card.

format the sd card to ntfs with the build in tool

2 -  Convert FAT into NTFS on SD card with EaseUS Partition Master

Sometimes, you might fail to format the SD card to NTFS with the first method for certain reasons. For example, your computer only allows FAT instead of NTFS variations. In most cases, Windows built-in tools can help you to format SD card to NTFS. However, it is likely that you can’t format SD card from other file systems to NTFS and receive an error message like "The media is write protected".

To solve this, you can turn to a third-party SD card format tool. EaseUS partition software is your best bet. It is a professional disk management tool which can help you deal with all disk-related job. Different from formatting the SD card to NTFS, it allows you to safely convert FAT to NTFS while keeping all your data intact with no hassle. Here is the step-by-step guide. You can try it with no hesitation!

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 Windows 10 is supported


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

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: Set 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: Click "OK" on the pop-up window to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button on the toolbar, then click "Apply" to start formatting your SD card.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4


  • If your SD card is previously formatted as FAT32 and you don’t want to lose data on the SD Card, you can convert FAT32 to NTFS on SD card.
  • EaseUS Partition Master is fully compatible with all Windows systems, being able to work with Windows 10/8/7, XP and Vista.

Final Words

According to the previous text, it's clear that EaseUS Partition Master can help you format an SD card to NTFS or other file systems effectively and quickly. The partition magic tool also contains many other helpful functions like partition resizing and system migrating. You can get more functions like if you upgrade it to the Professional version. All in all, it’s a powerful and reliable tool to manage your disk in Windows 7/8/10.

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 Windows 10 is supported