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This is an add-on section for completely recreating an SD card's filesystem using diskpart and Disk Management. This should only be done if formatting does not fix your issue or is not possible for some reason.
|Before beginning these steps, copy all of your SD card's contents to a folder on your computer.
diskpartby searching for
diskpartin the Windows search bar
- Once diskpart is active in the new Command Prompt window, type
- Find your SD card in the list of disks (hint: look for the size of your card), then type
select disk #, where # is the disk number of your SD card
Disk 0 will always be your main windows drive, so you'd select any disk after it.
list diskagain. You should now see a * next to your SD card
- Once you are absolutely sure that you have selected the right disk, type
clean, then type
- Close the diskpart window, and search for
diskmgmt.mscin the windows search bar
- Once the disk management window loads, you should be able to see your SD card as a black 'unallocated' area in the bottom part of the window. You may have to scroll down the bottom part of the window to see it
- Right click on the black unallocated area and select
new simple volume
- Click through all the prompts until the one about formatting - in that prompt, select "FAT32" or "exFAT" as the file system
- If FAT32 was not an option in step 4, Reformat the SD card to FAT32.
- Copy your data back onto your SD card.