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The SD Memory Card Formatter formats SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory card (respectively SD/SDHC/SDXC cards) complying with the SD File System Specification.

It is recommended to use the SD Memory Card Formatter to format SD/SDHC/SDXC cards rather than using formatting tools provided with individual OSs. In general, formatting tools provided with OSs can format various storage media including SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, but it may not be optimized for SD/SDHC/SDXC cards and it may result in lower performance.

SD/SDHC/SDXC cards have a 'Protected Area' for SD card security purposes. The SD Memory Card Formatter does not format the protected area in the SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. The protected area shall be formatted by an appropriate PC application or SD host devices that provide SD security function.

The SD Memory Card Formatter doesn't support SD/SDHC/SDXC card encrypted by the 'BitLocker To Go' functionality of Windows. Format the SD/SDHC/SDXC card after it has been unlocked.

System requirements

-Operating systems

Windows Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
Windows 8 (32/64-bit)
Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit)
Windows 10 Version 1511 (32/64-bit)
Windows 10 Version 1607 (32/64-bit)
Windows 10 Version 1703 (32/64-bit)
Windows 10 Version 1709 (32/64-bit)
Windows 10 Version 1803 (32/64-bit)
Mac Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan
macOS 10.12 Sierra
macOS 10.13 High Sierra

Notice: Administrator rights is required for Windows and Mac OS/macOS to execute SD Memory Card Formatter.


SD interface devices
The following interface devices can be used to access SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards:

  • SD card slot on PC
  • USB SD card reader for USB2.0, USB3.0, USB3.1 and USB-C

Always confirm that the device is compatible with the SD, SDHC or SDXC memory card before formatting.

SD Memory Card Formatter for Windows or Mac

User's manual (english version) of SD Memory Card Formatter for Windows or Mac