How to Format SD Card on Windows 10

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There are numerous computer operations that are handy and useful, but you may not know how to perform them. One of such actions is formatting your SD Card, memory card or flash drive on Windows 10, a task that doesn’t take too much time but can be the major problem if you don’t know how to handle it.

For everyone who requires such action, here are the three most common ways you can complete it.

How to Format SD Card on Windows 10

The first method for formatting your SD card is through File Explorer. This is one of the simplest and straightforward processes and is consisted of the following steps:

  1. In the beginning, insert your SD card, memory card, or flash drive into the computer.
  2. After that, enter “This PC”, by double-clicking on its desktop icon, or press Windows + E.
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  4. Now, you will see the inserted SD card on your computer and you need to right-click on it.
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  6. In the newly opened drop-down menu, select “Format”.
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  8. Choose the “File system” that you need, mark “Quick format” and press “Start”.
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  10. After a few moments or minutes, your card should be successfully formatted, and you will be able to use it.

The second method for formatting your SD card is with the help of “Disk Management”:

  1. The first thing you need to do in this process, in order to format your SD card, is to go to “This PC”

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    and right-click on it and select “Manage”.

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  3. After that, go to “Disk Management”,

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    find your SD card among the listed Disks, right-click on it and choose “Format”.

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  5. Select the “File system” that you need, mark “Perform a quick format”, press “OK” and you have formatted your SD card.
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Third and the last way to format your SD card that this guide will explain is through the “Commander Prompt”:

  1. In this process, you will first have to type “cmd” in your “Search box”.
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  3. Right-click on the “Command Prompt” that shows up in the search results and select “Run as administrator”.
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  5. Confirm that you allow for this app to make changes on your computer and when the “Command Prompt” window opens, type “diskpart” and press “Enter”.
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  7. After this, type “list disk” and press “Enter”.
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  9. Type “select disk 2” (if your SD card is listed under some other number, type it instead of “2”) and press “Enter”.
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  11. Now, you need to type “clean” and press “Enter”.
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  13. Type “create partition primary” and then again press “Enter”.
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  15. After this, type “format fs=ntfs” (if you need the card to be in the exFAT, type “exfat” instead of “ntfs”) and press “Enter”.
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  17. Now, type “assign letter n” (or any other letter that isn’t taken by other drives), press “Enter”

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    and you have finished your job of a formatting SD card.

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