[Easily Fixed] How to Clear SD Card on Mac/Windows

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"I recently experienced SD card problems with my digital camera. As I didn’t understand the actual problem behind this, I researched so hard and finally get the exact solution that requires me to clear my SD card. I was using a Mac and had no idea what to do."

If you are in the same case and don’t know how to do in this manner, I am sharing some of the specific tips that might be helpful for you.

1How to Clear SD Card on Mac?

Clear SD Card on Mac with Disk Utility

Are you stuck with the question that how to clear SD card on Mac? Well, one of the options is to drag files from SD card to the trash. Additionally, there are some important steps that seem helpful at the time of erasing SD card through disk utility.

Step 1: Connect your SD card first.

Step 2: Click on “Utilities” after that double click on “Disk utility”.

Step 3: Choose the “Erase” tab.

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Step 4: Click on the “Volume format”.

Step 5: Next step is to choose the MS-Doc file system.

Step 6: Again choose the “Erase” option and leave them until the process is completed.

Clear SD Card on Mac with SD Card Formatter

SD card formatter is a quick solution to clear SD card with all contents stored in it erased. It allows access to all SD card formats including SD, SDXC and SDHC, etc.

What you need to do is connect your SD card to computer and then run “SD card formatter” program. After it is recognized by the system, just click on the “format” button, then everything will disappear in a few seconds.

2How to Clear SD Card on Windows

If you are using a Windows PC, clear an SD card would be a walk in the park. The easiest way is to format it on through file explorer.

Step 1: Click on “Computer” (Windows 7) or “This PC (Windows 10) and open it.

Step 2: Locate the SD card you want to clear then right click it.

Step 3: Select “Format” from the various options.

format sd card on windows

Step 4: Click “Start” to clean your SD card.

3Bonus: How to Recover Accidentally Deleted Data from SD Card on Mac?

With the help of the above-mentioned tools, you can easily clear an SD card on Mac or Windows. However, what if you delete something and find it useful afterward? Don’t worry. AnyRecover can help you recover your lost data without any hassle.


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How to Recover Data from Formatted SD Card with AnyRecover

STEP 1First, install the AnyRecover app and then select the “Formatted Disk Recovery”. Through this mode, you can easily recover the lost data from SD card or other storage devices.

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STEP 2After that select the external drive or hard drive in which your data went missing, then click on “Next”.

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STEP 3When you select your retrieve file type then click on “Scan” to proceed with the scanning process.

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STEP 4When you click on “Scan”, the AnyRecover starts an elementary scanning process. In case you can’t find the unable file, then go for “All-Round Recovery” process.

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STEP 5When the scanning process is completed, the AnyRecover easily display the files with respect to folder or file type. You can preview the file first and then click on the “Recover” option.

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In the above content, I have mentioned tricks on how to clear SD Card on Mac/Windows, as well as how to use recovery tool - iMyFone AnyRecover to restore lost data back from formatted SD card. The process is quite simple only if you duly follow the steps listed. However, before you clearing your SD card, make it sure that you’ve saved your important documents.

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By  Alva Doris , to External Device Recovery

Posted on Aug 08, 2019  ( Updated: Dec 16, 2019 )

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