How to Format a Micro SD

By Kefa Olang

Micro SD cards are storage devices used on computers, digital cameras, camcorders, MP3 players and more. They are as small as a postage stamp and vary in memory capacity. You should format your memory card before using it to transfer and save files. A micro SD card can be formatted directly on your computer and using other devices such as digital cameras. Once formatted, the card becomes compatible with the device you intend to use it on.

Things You'll Need

  • Micro SD card
  • Card reader

Step 1

Plug your micro SD on the memory card slot on your computer. It automatically recognizes the removal disk. Connect a card reader to the computer and insert the micro SD card into the card slot if your computer does not have a card slot. The computer then recognizes it.

Step 2

Double-click "My Computer" on your computers desktop. You should see the micro SD card listed as a removal disk and assigned a letter such as I, J, K, D or G depending on your computer.

Step 3

Right-click the micro SD card and click "Format." The format window opens. Type a name for micro SD card on the "Volume label" window.

Step 4

Click "Start" to begin formatting the card. Transfer files to your card when the formatting process is complete.

Step 5

Click the "Safely remove hardware" button on the system tray once you are done and click your micro SD card. You should identify it by the letter that was assigned to it.

Step 6

Click "Stop" and remove the card from the computer when prompted.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also format your memory using your digital camera if you have one. This is generally performed from the Menu. Refer to your camera's documentation, because the process varies by digital camera model.