The Raspberry Pi SD card needs to be formatted
“Hi, I have downloaded the raspbrian OS for my Pi onto an SD card. I later
realized that it was the wrong class. As so far, the Raspberry Pi SD card needs to
be formatted so that it can be reused. When I try to format it on my Windows
computer, it only formatted what it could read. So here I’m asking how can I
completely format SD card in
How to format Raspberry Pi SD card on Windows 10/8/7?
As it described above, a Raspberry Pi SD card will often show you a tiny amount
(usually 56MB) in Windows, because it can’t see the much larger Linux partition. In
order to ensure the SD card is completely blank and has no partition that may
be hidden from Windows, you need to format Raspberry Pi SD card. And here gives you
two methods for Raspberry Pi SD card formatting in Windows 10/8/7.
Raspberry Pi SD card format using Windows built-in tool
You can make use of Windows built-in tool to format Raspberry Pi SD card. The Windows
Disk Management and Windows Diskpart will help you format SD card in FAT32, NTFS, or
exFAT. Here you can see how to format your Raspberry Pi SD card to FAT32 with
Windows built-in tool.
Windows Diskpart format
Windows Diskpart can help you format SD card or other external hard drive with a specific
syntax. Here, plug in your Raspberry Pi SD card to your Windows computer, and you
need to open a command prompt first.
Press Windows + R simultaneously, type
“cmd”, press Enter. It will pop up a command
Type Diskpart, press Enter. It will
Then, you can start to use Diskpart format partition. Type list
disk. It will list all disks on your computer.
Type select disk n, n refers the Raspberry Pi SD card.
Type list partition. It will list all partition in the
Type select partition m, m refers the partition you want to
format to FAT32.
Type format fs=fat32
Wait till the progress reaches 100%. type exit two times to quit the
Windows Disk Management format
Windows Disk Management can also help you format SD card:
Plug in the Raspberry Pi SD card to your Windows PC, make sure it can be detected.
Right click My Computer/This PC, select Manage ->Disk Management. In the main interface of Disk Management, you can
see the basic situation of your hard drives. Right click the Raspberry Pi SD card,
Windows Disk Management allows you to format it to NTFS, FAT32, exFAT. Choose the one
that you need. Here we choose FAT32, click OK.
However, you cannot format successfully with Windows built in tool every time.
Sometimes, you may meet the problem that Windows
was unable to complete the format. Thus, you have to turn to another way to
format Raspberry Pi SD card.
SD card formatter: format Raspberry Pi SD card easily
AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is
a great SD card formatter which can help you format Raspberry Pi SD card
successfully in Windows 10/8/7 easier and simpler than Windows built in tool. Here
you can follow the detailed steps below:
Step 1. Connect the Raspberry Pi SD card to your Windows PC.
Make sure it can be detected.
Step 2. Free Download AOMEI
Partition Assistant, install it to your Windows PC, and launch it. You will see the
main interface that including all your disks on the Windows.
Step 3. Right click the SD card, select Format
Step 4. It will show you a window where you can set up detailed
of this formatting. AOMEI Partition Assistant allows you to format partition to
NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, Ext2, Ext3, etc. Here we choose FAT32, clickOK.
Step 5. When you back to the main interface, click Applyto execute the progress.
AOMEI Partition Assistant should be the best SD card formatter. It can make up
Windows built-in tools’ defects and make Raspberry Pi SD card format easier.
Besides, it is a great disk manager that can help you partition your hard drive in
the best status, for example, you can use it to repartition hard
drive if you are not satisfied with the partitions at present. It is
also a great tool for disk converting, like converting
between MBR disk to GPT disk, converting NTFS to FAT32 and vise versa.
Except those, you can get more advanced features in AOMEI Partition Assistant
Professional like allocate free space, quick partition. If you are
working on a Windows Server, AOMEI Partition Assistant Server is suitable for