How to Format an SD Card for Samsung

Updated February 21, 2017

SD memory cards are used as an external memory unit. SD memory cards are used in Samsung digital cameras to store photographs taken with the camera. As the Samsung is used and more pictures are stored on the SD card, the card will eventually become full. Instead of purchasing a new SD card, you can download the photos and then format the card. Formatting the SD card will erase all parameters and data, leaving you with an empty card.

Insert the SD card into the memory card slot on the computer console. If your computer is not equipped with a memory card reader, plug an external memory card reader into the system USB slot. Slide the SD card into the external memory card reader for the computer to recognise the card.

Place the mouse cursor on the "Start" button and click once. Scroll over to "My Computer" and click one time. You will now see a list of all the installed and detected drives.

Right-click on the drive that is labelled "SDCard" or "SD." You will see a small list of options pop up on the screen once you right-click. The name of the drive will vary depending on how the computer reads and labels the card.

Move the cursor to "Format" and click once. The format process will be initiated and you will see a box with all the memory card information. Click "Format" on the information box. The system will now format the card and erase all of the contents. When prompted to remove the card, the format has completed.

Things You'll Need

  • Memory card reader or computer equipped with memory card slots
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