How to Format a 4Gb MicroSD Card

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How to Format a 4Gb MicroSD Card
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A MicroSD (“Secure Digital”) card is no different than its larger cousins other than its physical size. Formatting a 4 gigabyte (GB) MicroSD card can be done on any device that can accept the card, for example, a digital camera or on a computer if a MicroSD card adaptor is used. The procedures are straightforward, use included programs that do not have to installed or paid for and will not harm the device or the computer the MicroSD card is connected to in any way.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • MicroSD card reader
  • PC
  • Mac
  • Digital camera

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Insert the MicroSD card into the slot on the MicroSD card reader. Plug the MicroSD card reader’s USB plug into a USB port on a Mac computer. Double-click on the Disk Utility program that comes with the Mac OS X operating system and is inside the “Application” folder.

  2. 2

    Click once on the icon of the MicroSD card in the left column of the Disk Utility program’s main screen. Click the “Erase” tab at the top of the program’s screen. Select “MSDOS-FAT” or “Mac Extended” from the “Format” drop-down menu at the centre of the program’s screen so that the MicroSD card can be used with computers.

  3. 3

    Click the “Erase” button at the bottom of the program’s screen. Click the “Erase” button on the confirmation pop-up window. Wait as a progress bar fills in from left to right at the bottom of the program’s window.

  4. 4

    Click the “Eject” button at the top of the program’s screen once the progress bar has filled in completely. Quit the Disk Utility program.

  5. 5

    Remove the MicroSD card reader’s USB cable from the USB port on the Mac. Pull the MicroSD card out of the slot on the MicroSD card reader.

  1. 1

    Open the digital camera’s MicroSD card slot. Insert the 4GB MicroSD card into the card slot. Turn on the digital camera.

  2. 2

    Press the “Menu” button. Navigate to “Settings.” Select “Formatting” from the “Settings” icon.

  3. 3

    Click on the “Format” button. Click on “Yes” in the confirmation window that appears.

  4. 4

    Wait as the digital camera formats the 4GB MicroSD card. Press the “Menu” button when a pop-up window states that the formatting is done (usually between one and two minutes).

  5. 5

    Turn the digital camera off.

  1. 1

    Insert the MicroSD card into the slot on the MicroSD card reader. Plug the MicroSD card reader’s USB plug into a USB port on the PC.

  2. 2

    Go to “Start,” “My Computer” and “Devices.” Right-click on the icon of the MicroSD card that is in the centre column beneath “Removable devices & storage.”

  3. 3

    Select “Properties” from the pop-up menu. Select the “Format” tab at the top of the window that appears.

  4. 4

    Click the “Quick format” checkbox on the window. Select “FAT32” from the ‘Format type” drop-down menu on the window so that the MicroSD card can be used with computers.

  5. 5

    Click the “Start” button at the bottom of the window. Wait as a progress bar at the bottom of the window fills in from left to right. Click the red “X” in the upper right corner of the window once the progress bar has completely filled in.

  6. 6

    Right-click on the icon of the MicroSD card that is on the desktop. Select "Eject" from the pop-up menu.

Tips and warnings

  • The MicroSD card can only be inserted in one way so never force it into a slot or connection port.

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