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How to Format an SD Card on Windows & MAC

Let me take the liberty to assume that you are someone who has a lot of data to store. Therefore, you are someone who makes use of the SD Cards.

Sooner or later you might have come across questions such as

  • Why do we format SD cards?
  • Is there anything one needs to do before formatting an SD card?
  • How to format SD cards?

Well, this is the place where all your questions shall be answered one by one.

Need to format

Formatting of memory cards is recommended by almost all the tech experts all over the globe.  SD cards are predominantly used in digital cameras and cellphones. Digital camera manufacturers recommend formatting inside the camera itself. It’s a way to initialize the SD card. People often tend to get confused between deleting and formatting an SD card. Formatting the card leads to deletion of all the contents on the card , even the ones which are protected which is not the case with erasing. This is especially applicable for images. Once, the formatting is done, a new file system and new directories are created. Summing up, formatting of the SD card enhances its overall performance in terms of speed and functioning.People often tend to get confused between deleting and formatting an SD card. Formatting the card leads to deletion of all the contents on the card , even the ones which are protected which is not the case with erasing. This is especially applicable for images. Once, the formatting is done, a new file system and new directories are created. Summing up, formatting of the SD card enhances its overall performance in terms of speed and functioning.

Pre-requisites before formatting

What could be the most important pre-requisite before you format an SD card?

The answer is pretty obvious. Get a Backup!!

You have to make sure all your media files like audio messages, songs, videos, photos or any other type of file are saved in some other physical device as well. So that, when your SD card is formatted and all ready to use, you can restore your items back to the SD card.

Read on to know more about  Formatted SD Card Recovery

*drum roll*

Here’s how to format an SD card…….

#Windows :

Note: You have to format your SD/microSD into the FAT 32 or FAT format. If the card is 2 GB or less than 2 GB, you can format it to FAT but if the card  is more than 2 GB, you have to format it to FAT 32  file system.

  1.  Insert the SD card into the SD card slot.
  2.  Now, Click on the Windows Key +E on the keyboard to open Windows File Explorer.
  3.  Go to ‘This PC’.
  4.  Search for the ‘removable disk’ icon representing the SD card.
  5.  Right-click on the icon of ‘removable disk’.
  6.  Click on ‘Format’.
  7. Make changes in the allocation unit to ‘Default allocation size’.
  8. ‘Quick format’ should be checked.

#MAC : 

  1. Click on CMD + Space on the keyboard and open ‘Spotlight’.
  2. Type Disk Utility inside the search box.
  3. Press Return on the keyboard.
  4. Click on the icon for the SD card in the sidebar on the left.
  5. Choose the Erase option on the right.
  6. From the drop down menu of format, select MS-DOS (FAT).
  7. From the drop down menu of Scheme, select Master Boot Record.
  8. Type a name/title for the SD card in the name field( Note: Do not leave the name as “Untitled”).
  9. Erase.

Friendly note: Formatting is essential, there is nothing scary about it. By any chance, if you happen to lose data; here is a way through which you can recover data from SD card.

 

 

How to Format an SD Card on Windows & MAC was last modified: November 14th, 2016 by John Harris
Customer Evangelist @remosoftware. Trying to perfect the art of writing while running a business. Fan of exceptional customer service.

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