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Format an SD card on Windows PC

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Want to format your SD card because it has become too cluttered? Following below guide, it will tell you how to format it as a new memory card. Just with 5 steps, you can restore your SD card to a like-new condition.

Step 1: Connect SD card to PC
Insert the SD card directly into the port of your laptop. If you are using a MicroSD card, you will need an adapter to allow it to fit into standard SD card port.
If you are using a desktop computer, and there is no SD card port built-in, you can use an external USB card reader that plugs into any USB port on your computer.

Format an SD card on Windows PC

Step 2: Open Windows PC window
Click on the Start or Windows button and select Computer (Windows Vista/7/8.1) or My Computer (Windows XP). For Windows 8 users, type “computer” and click the Computer icon in the Apps search results.

Format an SD card on Windows PC

Step 3: Find SD card
The SD card will appear in the “Devices with Removable Storage” list. You can open the SD card to verify that it is the correct card that you want to format. Then Return to the Computer screen.

Format an SD card on Windows PC

Step 4: Right-click on Format
Right-click on the SD card and select “Format” from the menu that pops up. This will take you to the Format window. Keep “Capacity” and “Allocation unit size” set to default. Select the file system. In order for the SD card to be read by any device, select FAT32 as the file system.

Format an SD card on Windows PC

Quick Format: Ticking this box formats your SD card quickly without checking the card for hardware errors.

Format an SD card on Windows PC

Step5: Start formatting
Hit the Start button in the window that pops up to give your confirmation. After you confirm, your SD card will be formatted and you will end up with a blank memory card that can be inserted in any device that accepts SD cards.

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