In this article, we will take a look at how we can format an SD card on your Windows 10 PC/Laptop.

Please keep in mind, that formatting an SD Card deletes all the files present on the SD Card, and we request you to make a copy of the files on your Desktop.

With that cleared up, let’s get started –

  1. Open File Explorer
  2. Open File Explorer and locate the drive letter for your SD card. Right-click the drive and select Format.

  3. If the Capacity of your SD card is less than 64 GB, set the File System to FAT32. If it’s 64 GB or higher, set the File System to exFAT. Select Start to begin.

  4. Select OK to ignore the warning that all of the data on the drive will be erased and begin formatting the card.

Here is how you can format a write-protected SD Card –

  1. Right-click the Start menu and select Windows PowerShell (Admin).

  2. Type diskpart in the Command Prompt window and press Enter.

  3. Type list disk and press Enter. A list of all the available disks on your computer will appear. Look for the disk number that resembles the size of the SD card.

  4. Type select disk # (where # is the number of the disk for the SD card) and press Enter.

  5. Type attributes disk clear read-only and press Enter.

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  6. Type clean and press Enter.

  7. When the process is complete, type exit and press Enter, then close the Command Prompt and format the SD card using File Explorer as outlined above.

These methods can be used to successfully format an SD Card on your Windows 10 PC/Laptop.