Windows 10 - Format SD / Memory Card

Caution Caution:

  • This procedure erases all data on the memory card. It's recommended to back up the data.
  • Ensure the tablet is connected to a power source prior to performing this process. Failure to do so could result in power loss and possible damage to the memory card.

Note If your device is not running Windows 10, refer to Windows 8 for further instruction.

  1. Ensure the appropriate memory card is inserted.
  2. Open File Explorer.
    Note From the Home screen, navigate: All apps All apps icon (located in the upper-left) > Windows System > File Explorer.
  3. From File Explorer, tap and hold the appropriate removable storage drive (e.g. Secure Digital storage drive (D:)) for approximately 1 second then release.
  4. Click Format.
  5. From the "Format" screen, ensure that the following options are configured as desired:
    • Capacity
    • File system
    • Allocation unit size
    • Volume label
    • Quick Format
      Note Enabled when a check mark is present.
      Note Quick format removes files from the memory card but it doesn't scan for bad sectors. The option should only be enabled when the memory card has been formatted previously and you're certain the card is not damaged.
      Note Depending on card capacity, Quick format may take between 15 seconds and 2 minutes to complete. If Quick format isn't selected, the process takes longer (e.g., 20 minutes for an 8 GB card).
  6. Click Start (located at the bottom).
  7. From the "WARNING: Formatting will erase ALL data on this disk?" prompt, click OK to confirm.
  8. If presented with the "Format Complete" prompt, click OK.