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SD Card Formatter & How Do I Format SD Card Quickly

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

Today SD card (including mini SD and micro SD) is widely used in many aspects of our life.

For example, we use it on the camera, camcorder, PDA, mobile phone, MP3 player, notebook, digital voice recorder, game console, automobile data recorder, etc.

  • To Delete Files: when you want to clean the data on the SD card, you can format the SD card directly.

  • To Change File System: to use the SD card on some devices, you will need to use the appointed file systems. For example, to increase the internal storage space of Android, you need to format the first partition of the SD card with FAT32, and the second partition with the EXT file system.

  • To Fix Issues: sometimes, when you try to access the SD card which has a RAW file system, Windows asks you to format it before you can use it. Similarly, if Windows reports "The Disk Structure Is Corrupted and Unreadable", formatting is always the right solution.

  • To Kill Viruses: if the SD card is infected by viruses, formatting is a good trying to remove the viruses.

Knowing the reasons that cause you to format an SD card, the next topic is how to format an SD card easily and quickly? Here in today's post, we put forward 4 solutions.

In this part, we list 4 solutions to help you format the SD card. You can choose anyone to do the formatting.

However, the first solution is strongly recommended because it breaks many limitations that you can find in the process of using Windows built-in SD card formatters.

Before you do:

  • Connect the SD card to your computer and make sure it is recognized by Windows. If you are dealing with a micro SD card, then a card reader is needed.

  • The formatting SD card will lead to data loss. So please make sure you do not care about the data. Otherwise, make a backup in advance.

After doing the preparatory jobs, you can try the following SD formatters.

MiniTool Partition Wizard Free is regarded as the best SD Card Formatter because it offers full file systems such as NTFS, FAT32, FAT, exFAT, Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, Linux Swap to choose.

Besides, its clean interfaces and straightforward wizards can lead users to go through all steps without any difficulty.

What's more, useful features like create/delete/format partition, merge/split partition, move/resize partition, change file system, convert partition style, migrate the system, copy disk, etc. are provided and they are totally free.

Due to these advantages, this freeware has earned a great reputation all over the world. Download the SD formatter to start the magical journey!

Then let's have a look at how it performs on formatting an SD card.

Step 1- Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard, then select the partition on the SD card and choose "Format Partition" from the action panel.

Step 2 - Then you can see a new window comes out, where you can specify the file system, partition label, and cluster size. After doing these choices, exit and go back to the main interface.

Step 3 - Click "Apply" to finish SD card formatting.

Disk Management is the second solution we recommend because it is easy to access (built-in tool in Windows) and the GUI (Graphical User Interface) is also clear for you to operate.

Many disk management tasks such as create volume, delete a volume, shrink volume, change drive letter and path can be finished by using this tool.

Step 1 - Run SD Formatter at CMD. Then the Disk Management utility will appear. Find the SD card you want to format and then select "Format…" from the right-click menu.

Step 2 - In the format window, customize the volume label, file system, and allocation unit size, choose whether to perform a quick format and enable folder compression, then click "OK".

Step 3 - Disk Management sends out a warning message which reads "Formatting this volume will erase all data on it. Back up any data you want to keep before formatting. Do you want to continue?" Now click "OK" to format the memory card/SD card, which should be finished in a minute if the quick format is selected.

This is probably caused by the RAW file system, or the drive letter is assigned to the removable disk instead of the partition. In this case, use MiniTool Partition Wizard or Disk Management to do the formatting can solve this issue quickly.

For a detailed explanation, please refer to "How Do I Fix Windows Was Unable to Complete the Format."

You may also find that there is a "Format…" option when you right-click the partition in Windows Explorer. Yes, this also helps you to format a memory card/SD card. And all things you need to do are:

Step 1 - Select "Format…" from the GUI of the right-click menu.

Step 2 - Then you can choose the file system & allocation unit size, enter a volume label, select the quick format, and then hit the "Start" button.

Step 3 - Finally, a warning message saying "Formatting will erase ALL data on this disk. To format the disk, click OK. To quit, click “CANCEL". Click "OK" to confirm formatting the SD card.

This is probably caused by the RAW file system, or the drive letter is assigned to the removable disk instead of the partition.

In this case, use MiniTool Partition Wizard or Disk Management to do the formatting can solve this issue quickly.

Diskpart is the last solution that we can resort to. Why do we place it in the end? Well, because it requires putting some commands before the memory card format is finally carried out.

Here is the process you need to go through if you want to format an SD card.

Step 1 - Run diskpart and confirm you want to allow this app to make changes to your PC.

Step 2 - In the command shell, type the following commands in order, and make sure each command is ended up with the Enter key.

  • list disk

  • select disk n where n is the disk number that represents the SD card to be formatted

  • list par.

  • select par n where n is the partition number of the SD partition.

  • format fs=ntfs quick OR format fs=fat32 quick.

  • exit.

Tip: Sometimes you may encounter this message while trying to format an SD card: "The disk is write protected."

In this case, you should make sure that the SD card is not physically locked by the movable button at first.

If the SD card is not physically locked, you should try to find the solutions to remove write-protection.

We think our previous post "How to Remove Write Protected Error" may be helpful to you.

In some cases, you need to format the SD card because it runs into errors, and formatting is an effective way to remove the error.

But formatting will lead to data loss, so you must be wondering: is there a way to save data on the SD card before formatting.

Here we would like to suggest using the data recovery feature of MiniTool Partition Wizard to do this job, which scans deep and is very easy to operate.

Data recovery of MiniTool Partition Wizard is a great data recovery tool for Windows users.

No matter you want to recover lost/deleted files from Recycle Bin formatted hard drives, or damaged hard drives, it offers the best solution to save your effort.

As to how to restore data from damaged SD card, it is easy to complete.

Step 1 - Connect SD card to your PC.

Step 2 - Install and launch the MiniTool Partition Wizard.

Step 3 - Select the best data recovery module.

Step 4 - Scan, preview, and save.

In this post, we introduce 4 SD/micro SD card formatted and show you how to use them to format SD card one by one.

We hope you can benefit from this post and use one of them to help you when you need to format an SD card someday.

Obviously, the top recommendation here is MiniTool Partition Wizard, as it offers more file systems and breaks many limitations that you may encounter when using Windows built-in tools. Get this free SD card formatter!

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