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How to Format a SD Card with Windows 7

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New SD cards typically come pre-formatted with FAT (file allocation table) formatting. This is the standard formatting used for most portable devices like digital cameras. There are times that it may be necessary to format a SD card. The Windows 7 operating system makes formatting a SD card easy. Follow the steps in this article to format an SD card now using Windows 7.

SD card insert into Windows 7 computer


1. Insert the SD card into the built in card reader on the computer or an external USB card reader connected to the computer.


2. Click the Start menu icon in the bottom right corner, then click “Computer” .


3. Right click on the SD card drive under the heading “Computer”.

format SD card

4. Select the file system format type. There are three choices FAT, FAT 32, exFAT and NTFS. FAT is the default choice since it the accepted type of formatting for most digital cameras and other portable devices. FAT32 is a newer File Allocation table formatting that allows up to 2 TB in one partition using 16 kb clusters. NTFS is New Technology File System. It has improved metadata coding and much larger potential partition space. The maximum generally accepted value for partition space on NTFS is 2 TB although the theoretical maximum is 16 EiB. The exFAT formatting or extended FAT is set up to eventually replace FAT32.

Windows 7 SD card format


5. Click Start to begin formatting your SD card. **Warning any data that is currently on the SD card will be erased when the card is formatted.


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Kmeyers said:

You article instructions are easy to follow and I like the images too. Thanks for sharing this info with us.
May 07, 2012
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