How to format a MicroSD card on Windows 10

A microSD card usually works on small devices such as phones or tablets. These devices do not normally have space for an SD card, as the device must be a certain size and still contain a lot of hardware.

Apart from phones, tablets and cameras, you will not find many devices that can read and write directly to a MicroSD card. The reason for this is simply that they do not have a small lock for it.

On devices that do have a slot for a MicroSD card, there is rarely an option to format it.

Format MicroSD card on Windows 10

If you want to format a MicroSD card on Windows 10, you may need to purchase additional hardware, such as an adapter that allows you to connect the card to your computer.

However, if your Windows 10 system has an SD card slot, you can purchase a MicroSD card adapter. It is inexpensive and is often bundled with MicroSD cards.

You can format a MicroSD card from the Disk Management tool on Windows 10 that provides a simple GUI, you can format it from File Explorer, or you can use the Diskpart tool which is a command line tool.

Note: Formatting will erase all data on the map.

1. Format the MicroSD card via disk management

  1. Connect the MicroSD card via an adapter to your system.
  2. Click on the Win + R keyboard shortcut to open the run box.
  3. In the run box enter diskmgmt.msc and press Enter.
  4. Then The MicroSD card will be listed in the bottom half of the app.
  5. Right click on a volume / disc or the entire disk, and select Format.
  6. Choose a file system, and make other changes as needed.

2. Format MicroSD card using File Explorer

  1. Connect the MicroSD card via an adapter to your system.
  2. Open up File Explorer.
  3. Go to This computer.
  4. Then The MicroSD card will be listed under Devices and drives.
  5. Right click on the MicroSD card, and choose Format from the context menu.
  6. Choose between full format and quick format, select a file system and click Start.

3. Format the MicroSD card via Diskpart

  1. Connect the MicroSD card via an adapter to your system.
  2. Open command prompt with admin rights.
  3. Click on diskpart and click Enter.
  4. A new command prompt window will open. Then switch over.
  5. Perform this command list all linked disks: list disk
  6. Take note of the disk number of the MicroSD card.
  7. Perform this command select the MicroSD card: select disk no. Replace ‘no’ with the number given on the MicroSD card.

  1. Perform this command list volumes: list volume.
  2. Take note of the volume number of the MicroSD card.
  3. Select the volume with this assignment: select volume no. Replace ‘no’ with the volume number of the MicroSD card.
  4. Perform the following command to format the volume / card;
    • To format on FAT32 file system: format fs=fat32
    • To format on the NTFS file system: format fs=NTFS
    • To format on the exFAT file system: format fs=exFAT
  5. To run a quick format, add ‘fast’ at the end of the previous command. For example: format fs=fat32 quick.

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