How To Format SD Card on Windows 10

Sometimes users need to format the SD card to NTFS, FAT32, or exFAT file system in order to use on the other devices such as MAC, Linux, Camera, Music Player, Android, etc. Moreover, with the corrupted SD card that is not working properly and causing the error messages on Windows 10, a little effort can bring the SD card in working condition.

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, and SSD with one click. Here’s how you can do this.

  1. First of all, Insert the SD card to your PC that you want to format.
  2. Open the File Explorer (Press Windows+E shortcut key).
  3. Right-click the SD card and select the Format option.
  4. This opens a new small window, here you can select file format and Allocation unit size.
  5. Select the file format that you want to use.
  6. Click the Start button, and then OK when it is finished.
how to format SD card on Windows 10

Besides, you can also use the disk management tool; Disk management provides management of all the mounted disks, including formatting, partitioning, shrinking, etc.

Here are the few simple steps to format the SD using disk management on Windows 10.

  1. Go to the start menu and search “disk management.”
  2. Once you get the Disk Management in the search result, click to open it.
  3. Under the Removable Disk, you can find your SD card.
  4. Right-click the SD card, then select Format.
  5. Select the file format, and then click the OK button.

Using the Disk management, you can create two separate partitions in one SD card and format them in a different file system.

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 the 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 all the steps.

  1. First of all, Press the Windows+R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “Diskpart” in the Run box, then hit the enter button.
  3. This will open the Diskpart Command line tool.
  4. In the Command prompt, type the following command to view the all volume list.
Command: list vol
  1. Find your SD card volume; you can easily identify by size or type.
  2. Select the SD card volume using the following command.
Command: sel vol (volume order Number)
  1. Once the SD card is selected, you can clean and format.
  2. To clean the SD card, type the following command.
Command: clean
  1. Now, type the following command in order to format the SD card.
Command: format fs=ntfs

You can replace the ntfs with the Format type you want to use.

how to format SD card on Windows 10
  1. 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

Diskpart provides you several options to manage the Hard Disk, SSD, SD card, Pen drive, etc. To view the list of the available options, type the “help” command; this will list all the usages arguments.

Hopefully, these two methods are helpful and easy to use for you. Similarly, you can format any external drive on Windows 10, and using disk management; you can have more control.

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