How to Reformat a Micro SD Card

Updated February 21, 2017

Micro SD memory cards are external memory units that hold data and files. Memory cards are very useful in storing information for you to travel with or to take from one computer to another. Micro SD memory cards are also used in many different types of digital cameras to store pictures. As the memory card becomes full, instead of purchasing a new Micro SD card, you can reformat the card. Reformatting the card will erase all contents stored on the card.

Close all open programs and files.

Place the Micro SD card into the memory card slot on the front of the computer. Most computers come equipped with built-in memory card readers; however, if the computer does not have one, plug an external memory card reader into a UBS slot. Once the memory card reader is plugged in, place the Micro SD card into the reader.

Click "Start" and click "My Computer." This will bring up a list of all the drives currently installed on the system. Locate the drive labelled "SDCard" or "SD," depending on how your system labels the card. Right-click on the icon to bring up a list of options.

Highlight "Format" and click once. This will initiate the format process and bring up a box with the memory card information. Click "Format." Allow the system to reformat the card completely. Once finished, you will be prompted to remove the card. You have now reformatted the card, and it is ready for use.

Things You'll Need

  • Micro SD Memory Card
  • Memory card reader or computer equipped with memory card slots
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