Sometimes users need to format the SD card to NTFS, FAT32, or exFAT file system to use properly on the other machines such as MAC, Linux, Camera, Music Player, Android, etc. If the SD card is generating the errors and Windows is unable to read the SD card properly, Windows prompts to format the SD card. There might be many circumstances you want to Format SD Card on Windows 10.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to format SD card on Windows 10. You can either use the in-build format option or Command Prompt. Although Command Prompt provides you more control, the in-build format option is easy to use.
Here are two methods that you can follow to format SD card properly.
How To Format SD Card using Build-in Format option
Windows 10 gives you the functionality to format the SD card, Hard Disk, SSD. You can format all of them using a simple click. Here’s how you can do this.
- First of all, Insert the SD card to your PC that you want to format.
- Open the File Explorer.
- Right-click the SD card and select the Format option.
- This opens a new small window, here you can select file format and Allocation unit size.
- Select the file format that you want to use.
- Click the Start button, and then OK when it is finished.
You can use the Disk Management tool instead, Disk Management is the management of the all mounted disk. Using the disk management tool you can Format, Partition, Shrink, Extend, etc.
- Go to the Start Menu and search disk management, then open.
- Under the Removable Disk, you can find your SD card.
- Right-click the SD card, then select Format.
- Select the file format, and then click the OK button.
Once the SD card has formatted, you can use it properly.
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How To Format SD Card on Windows 10 using CMD
The Diskpart is a build-in command-line disk partitioning utility that you can use to format SD card on Windows 10 using a command prompt.
If you ever used the command prompt, then this would be easy for you, but if you didn’t, then don’t worry. This guide will walk you through step by step.
- First of all, Press the Windows+R to open the Run dialog box.
- Type “Diskpart” and then hit the enter button.
- This will open the Diskpart Command line tool.
- In the Command prompt, type the following command to view the all volume list.
Command: list vol
- Find your SD card volume, You can easily identify by size or type.
- Now select the SD card volume using the following command.
Command: sel vol (volume order Number)
- Once the SD card is selected, you can clean and format.
- To clean the SD card, type the following command.
- Now, type the following command in order to format SD card on Windows 10.
Command: format fs=ntfs
You can replace the ntfs with the Format type you want to use.
- Once it is finished, type exit to exit the command prompt.
The following formatting command might take minutes to complete the process. You can add the “quick” argument end of the command to make the process fast.
Command: format fs=ntfs quick
Hopefully, these two methods are useful for you. Diskpart provides you a number of options to manage the Hard Disk, SSD, SD card, Pen drive, etc. To view the list of the options you can type the “help” command.