How to Format a 32GB SD Card

By Charles Jackson

SD cards are the most common type of flash memory card. They are available in three sizes. The standard size SD cards are used in most digital cameras while miniSD and microSD cards are used in mobile phones and various other portable devices. Data storage capacities can be as high as 32 gigabytes for the standard-sized SD cards. Formatting a 32 GB SD card is no different than formatting any other type of digital media, though it will take longer than formatting a smaller drive.

Things You'll Need

  • SD card reader

Format Using an SD Card Reader

Step 1

Turn on your computer and insert the SD card into the card reader. Wait for Windows to automatically ask you what you wish to do with the inserted media. Click "Open a folder to view files."

Step 2

Click "Start" and choose "Computer" if you are not automatically prompted.

Step 3

Right-click on the SD card that appears in Windows Explorer. Click "Format" in the menu. Check the "Quick Format" option and choose NTFS or FAT32 for the "File system." Click "Start" and wait for Windows to format the card.

Format Using a Digital Camera

Step 1

Insert the SD card into your digital camera. Turn the camera on.

Step 2

Open the user menu on your camera. Choose "Setup" or "Options," depending on your camera model.

Step 3

Start the "Format" option. Select the file system and press "OK." Wait for the camera to format the SD card.

Tips & Warnings

  • Formatting your SD card will delete all data from the card. Be sure to back up anything you want to keep.
  • Many older devices to not recognize 32 GB SD cards.