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[How to] How to format an SD card
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Thanks to Zonk for finding this:


Zonk Wrote:



Step 1: Click on Start button
Click on the Start or Windows button and then click on My Computer. Mac users click on Menu and then Utilities and select Disk Utilities.

Step 2: Insert SD card
Insert the SD card into your computer's card slot, or use a USB card reader.

Step 3: Right-click on Format
Right-click on the SD card icon and select Format from the drop-down menu. Mac users click on the card icon and then the Erase tab.

Step 4: Select settings
Select the format type, file size allocation, and name the card. Then hit Start or OK.

Tip
The computer will warn you that formatting will erase all the data on the card. Click Okay to continue.

Step 5: Wait
Wait for the card to finish formatting before safely removing it from your computer or card reader.

Did You Know?
The first SD or Secure Digital cards were marketed in 1999 as a way to safely and easily transfer media from digital devices.
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Of course it formats just like any other standard drive. The question I first had when I set it for use with my S9 is what file system?
FAT? FAT32? NTFS?
Typically I use MicroSD cards as they fit in my phone but I have slots for SD and MicroSD.

Anyhow, just checking it - my card uses the old fashioned DOS-based FAT file system, aka "FAT16".
I think I tried to format it as NTFS but it seems the machine had other plans. IOW it might initialize (format) it on its own.
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(12-06-2012, 12:00 AM)Ugly Wrote: Anyhow, just checking it - my card uses the old fashioned DOS-based FAT file system, aka "FAT16".

Interesting. My PRS1 uses SD cards formatted VFAT (FAT32).
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(12-06-2012, 01:02 AM)JJJ Wrote:
(12-06-2012, 12:00 AM)Ugly Wrote: Anyhow, just checking it - my card uses the old fashioned DOS-based FAT file system, aka "FAT16".

Interesting. My PRS1 uses SD cards formatted VFAT (FAT32).

I guess it's poorly documented but perhaps it's reassuring that if the card isn't formatted properly, the machine will do it for us regardless of what file system it uses. I hope. At least it worked for you and me.
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