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3 Ways to Format SD Card to NTFS

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Jun 14, 2024 • Filed to: SD Card Solutions • Proven solutions

Q: how to format SD card to NTFS?
"I recently received a 32 GB SanDisk SD card from my colleague that is formatted with FAT32. The issue is that I want to use this card to transfer my most large data. I want to use it to transfer files to multiple computers, as it is part of my work. FAT32 is not that efficient as compared to NTFS because of file size restrictions and security issues. That is the reason I want to know some uncomplicated ways to format my SD card to NTFS."

There is no doubt that the NTFS file system is advanced in almost all dimensions. Users are slowly getting inclined towards this file system. Multiple users have shown concern to format their SD cards to NTFS. No worries, in this guide, you will know exactly what NTFS is and how it serves its users. Further, you will get to know three simple ways to format your SD card to NTFS. You surely need to follow them carefully to format your SD card to NTFS.

Part 1: What is the NTFS file system?

NTFS is the acronym for the new technology file system. The operating system uses the file system to recognize how the files are stored, named, and organized on a hard drive or any other storage device. Microsoft created the NTFS file system. Lately, the windows operating system has used the FAT32 file system. NTFS came and broke FAT32 limitations and backed the disabilities of FAT32. FAT32, if we consider it, is poor in the lens of its security and size limitations, as FAT32 is only capable of storing files smaller than 4 GB, which is not acceptable in this era. Secondly, it had poor security arrangements as it did not offer any data protection in case of a power outage.

On the other hand, the NTFS file system is brilliant in terms of data storage. It supports huge files, up to 16 billion bytes in size. The information is not just stored with the governing table as in FAT32. Rather, it is saved with each cluster. It has integrated file compression. Furthermore, it has data security both on removable disks and fixed.

Part 2: How to format the SD card to NTFS using Windows Explorer?

Window explorer is also able to format the SD card to NTFS. It is a simple and short process. You need to follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the window explorer.

window explorer

Step 2: After opening it, right-click on the removable drive of your SD card.

Step 3: You will have multiple options. Click "format."

format drive

Step 4: In the format dialog, you will see the option of the file system. Select "NTFS" in the options.

Step 5: Click "start" and let the process begin.

Part 3: How to format the SD card to NTFS using Windows Disk Management?

If you have tried the easiest way given above, but yet due to some reason, the task is not completed. You can try window disk management as well. Window disk management will also allow you to format your SD card to NTFS, but if your SD card is new and not formatted, it will be shown as unallocated space in disk management. In this case, you can right-click on unallocated space and "create partition" for your ease. Now, go as these steps are going below:

Step 1: Press the "Windows + R" keys to open the run box.

Step 2: Type "diskmgmt.msc" and then press "enter," this will run the disk management.

Step 3: Navigate to your SD card and right-click. Now choose "format".

Step 4: You will open up the format dialog.

Step 5: Select the file system as "NTFS".

format sd card to ntfs

Step 6: No click "ok," your SD card will be formatted to "NTFS."

Part 4: How to format the SD card to NTFS via diskpart?

In your computer, the feature of diskpart can also format your SD card to NTFS. Follow these little steps to complete your task:

Step 1: Press the "Windows+R" key, and a window will open, write "diskpart" in the window.

Step 2: Now you have to type the command lines given below, and with every line, press "Enter"

diskpart format

Step 3: Once you have entered all the commands, your SD card will be formatted to "NTFS".

Step 4: Press "exit" when you are done.

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Part 5: How to recover data from formatted SD cards?

There are situations when you accidentally format your card or are formatted by someone else. Your valuable data also vanishes, and you need a quick recovery of the data from the SD card that is damaged. There is nothing to be frowning up because your data is recoverable. All you need to do is download Recoverit data recovery software.

Recoverit Data Recovery is the best data recovery software you will get for free, by which rescuing data is not a hard task anymore. It is more reliable than any other software. It can rescue the data from your SD card, no matter if it is corrupt or damaged. Furthermore, it helps you get back all your valuable documents, emails, photos, videos, and audio files, quickly and easily from the laptop, recycle bin/trash, internal hard drive, external storage media, and even a crashed computer. Recoverit Ultimate even helps you recover fragmented video and repair corrupt/broken/damaged video. Recoverit data recovery software is the best source to get you out of this dilemma.

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Steps to recover data from formatted SD card by Recoverit data recovery:

The first step is to download Recoverit data recovery software. We can take recovering your video as an example of how surprisingly this software does work. Once you are done with that, follow the given steps below:

Step 1: Download and run the software.

select sd card location

Step 2: Secondly, you have to select the location of the file you have to recover and press "start."

Step 3: After selecting the location, press the "recover" button to scan.

Step 4: The scan will take a while to wait for it to complete.

scan your sd card

Step 5: After your data is scanned and fixed properly. It is time for you to preview your rescued data, for example, videos.

preview sd card photos

Enhanced Recovery function of Recoverit

Video files are different from any other type of data. Sometimes, you might find the video corrupt or unplayable after the preview using the software. This is because video files have a larger file size than documents or photos, and they are generally stored in thousands to tons of video fragments on storage devices. But don't worry. Recoverit Data Recovery offers the Enhanced Recovery feature with patented technology. It scans, gathers, and matches the fragments of your corrupt videos and thus ensures most of your videos are recovered from DSLRs, Digital cameras, Drones, Action Cameras, camcorders, SD cards, PC, HDDs, or any other source.

All you have to do is click "Enhanced Recovery" button.

advance video recovery

Steps to Repair Corrupted Video with Recoverit

Moreover, Recoverit's Video Repair is powerful video repair software for repairing corrupt, broken or damaged MOV, MP4, M2TS, MKV, FLV, 3GP, AVI, MTS file formats. It supports two repair modes. Quick repair is to repair various video errors. The advanced repair can repair your corrupt videos by analyzing the sample video's data and technology shot by the same device. The video repair software is widely utilized by users who want their videos to be completely recovered in a short time.

Step 1: Add the corrupt/damaged video you want to recover using the Recoverit video repair software.

add sd card videos

Step 2. Now you have to press the "repair." button

repairing videos

Step 3. Lastly, you can preview the video that the software has recovered for you.

preview videos

Step 4: If the repair process fails, you can add a sample video for advanced video repair. After doing that, press "OK."

add sample videos

Part 6: Which formats are used in SD cards used commonly?

There are four types of commonly used formats in SD cards NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, and exFAT. The format FAT16, the oldest, is only used for the SD cards with 2 GB capacity. This is the least used format nowadays, as 2 GB is not sufficient to store users' data in this era. Further, FAT32 is used for SD cards from 4 GB to 32 GB in storage capacity. In comparing FAT32 and NTFS, NTFS is compared to be more advanced and reliable as it has enhanced security arrangements and high storage capacity. NTFS supports huge files, up to 16 billion bytes in size. NTFS has an access control list (ACL) that lets a server administrator control who can pass access to specific files. The exFAT format is used for 64 GB SD cards. All these formats serve diverse functions for the users.

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Eleanor Reed

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