How to Fully Erase SDHC Card in Windows

Aug 22,2019 • Filed to: SD Card Solutions • Proven solutions


SDHC is a type of a memory card which is capable of retaining a large amount of data. It has a high storage capacity and is usually used in digital cameras for storing photos and videos. The data stored on these memory cards is of a personal nature and you would not want someone else to have access to it. Since deleting the contents of card isn’t enough, the only way to ensure that the data on it can’t be accessed by others is to erase SDHC card.

Most people think that simply deleting the data would be enough to wipe it from the SDHC card. Data that is deleted can be recovered easily using data recovery software. So, unless you erase SDHC card completely, you can’t be sure that your photos and videos will remain inaccessible to the person to whom you are selling the card.

Part 1: How to Fully Erase SDHC Card in Windows

Fully erasing the contents of a SDHC card isn’t a simple task. The reason for this is that there are powerful data recovery tools available that can glean the data from memory cards even if they had been completely wiped. So, to ensure that no recovery software can piece together the data that was previously stored on the SDHC card, using a third-party erasure tool becomes necessary. Stellar BitRaser for File is among the best data erasing software that can fully erase SDHC card and leave no trace of its former data behind.

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  1. First, you can connect your SDHC card to PC with the card reader.
  2. Download Stellar BitRaser for File on your Windows computer and launch it.
  3. Select your SDHC card on the "Erase Now" section and go on.
  4. fully erase SDHC card

  5. After compplete erasure you can reboot your system.

A single pass of Stellar BitRaser for File is enough to completely wipe a SDHC card. However, if you aren’t sure that it would have fully erased the contents of the card, then you can take a couple of extra passes. After three passes, there would be no doubt left that the data on the SDHC card has been fully erased and can’t be recovered.

Part 2: How to Erase SDHC Card Without Quick Format Feature

You can use the following steps to erase SDHC card without using the quite format feature:

  1. Use the USB port for connecting the SD card reader into your system via its USB cable.
  2. Enter your SDHC card into your card reader. Windows will assign a drive letter to your card after recognizing it as an external storage device.
  3. Open the file manager of Windows by choosing the computer option from the menu which appears after clicking the "Start" button.
  4. Right-click your SDHC card’s drive letter after selecting it and from the drop-down menu that appears, choose the Format option.
  5. Uncheck the box present in front of the Quick Format option. This will ensure that nothing is left behind and all data is erased.
  6. Begin the data erasure and formatting of the SDHC card by clicking the "Start" button. If your card has a larger storage capacity, the format process can take a little time.

In short, SDHC cards are useful memory cards which can store a lot of data. It becomes inevitable to erase SDHC card if it runs out of memory storage space or is to be sold to another person. There are two ways of erasing data from these cards. One is to format it while the other is to use a data erasure tool. Since formatting can’t guarantee that the data on the SDHC card has become unrecoverable, using a data erasing tool like Stellar BitRaser for File is the better choice for erasing SDHC card data.

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