Freeware to Format SD Card to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7

January 10, 2018

This article will show you how to successfully format SD card to NTFS file system from other file systems like exFAT or FAT32 in Windows 10/8/7 at length.

Scenario

“My friend gave me a 32GB SanDisk micro SD card that is formatted with FAT32. I would like to use this storage device to transfer files between different computers. Considering data security and file size restriction, I would like to format the 32GB micro SD card to NTFS file system. Is it available to change the file system of the SanDisk SD card to NTFS? If it is, what should I do?”

Format to NTFS for SD card in Windows

In fact, it is rather simple to format SD card to NTFS in Windows. Windows built-in Disk Management and Diskpart can help you to achieve SD card NTFS format effortlessly. Before formatting, you should attach the SD card to your working computer running Windows via SD card reader or slot and backup important data on the SD card.

Tutorial on SD card format via Disk Management

(Supposed the operation is processed under Windows 10)

1. Press “Windows +R” keys to open Run box, type “diskmgmt.msc” and hit “Enter” key to run Disk Management.

2. Locate the SD card and right click it. Then choose “Format”.

3. In the Format Dialogue, set the SD card file system as NTFS. If you like, you can add Volume label to this SD card.

Format SD Card to NTFS Windows 10

Then, click “OK”. And the SD card file system will be formatted to NTFS within few seconds.

PS:

  • If you plan to use SD card on Android smartphones and tablets, don’t format it to NTFS as this file system might not be supported by the mobile device mentioned above.

  • If the SD card is new and not formatted, the SD card will present in Disk Management as the form of an unallocated space. At this time, you can right click the unallocated disk space and select “Create Partition” to set the file system of SD card as NTFS.

Tutorial on SD card format using Diskpart.exe

(Take formatting exFAT SD card to NTFS in Windows 10 for example)

1. Run Diskpart.exe as administrator.

(Press “Windows + R” simultaneously, input “diskpart” in the pop-up window and press “Enter”.)

2. Type the command lines listed below and every line shall be accompanied with hitting “Enter” key.

  • list disk

  • select disk x –“x” should be the number of your SD card

  • list partition

  • select partition y –“y” should be the SD card partition number

Diskpart Fomrat SD Card to NTFS

After SD card is formatted to NTFS successfully, input “exit” to close Diskpart. 

PS:If your SD card is previously formatted as FAT32 and you don’t want to lose data on the SD Card, you can convert FAT32 to NTFS on SD card.

In most cases, Windows built-in tools can help you to format SD card to NTFS. However, it is likely that you can’t format SD card from other file systems to NTFS and receive error message like “The media is write protected” in the following screenshot. In order to tackle with issues like this, you can turn to you can turn to third party SD card format tool.

Diskpart Media Write Protected Error

Great free SD card NTFS format tool

Here I recommend AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard to you. It allows you to format SD card including SDXC to NTFS, whether the SD card is previously formatted with FAT32, exFAT, Ext2 or Ext3. Well, AOMEI Partition Assistant. And this SD card format tool allows you to format USB flash drive, external hard drive to NTFS as well. What’s more, with GUI interface, AOMEI Partition Assistant is easy to handle even for green hand in computer.

To make use of AOMEI Partition Assistant to format to NTFS for SD card, you should download it at first. Then follow the detail steps given below to format to NTFS for SD card (Take formatting exFAT SD card to NTFS in Windows 10 as an example).

Step 1. Connect your SD card to a working PC. Then install and fire up AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Step 2. In the main interface, right click the SD card that you need to format and select “Format Partition”.

Format SD Card NTFS

Step 3. In this window, choose NTFS among the drop-down list behind File System. Add Partition Label and change Cluster Size if you need to. Then click on “OK” button.

Format SD Card from exFAT to NTFS

Step 4. Return the main interface. Check pending operations and click “Apply” to perform the operation.

Apply Format to NTFS

Notice:

  • This SD card format allows you to format hard drive from NTFS to FAT32, exFAT, EX2, EX3 as well.

  • AOMEI Partition Assistant is specially designed for Windows systems and it is able to work with Windows 10/8/7, XP and Vista.

Conclusion

According to what described in the previous text, it can be easily conclude that AOMEI Partition Assistant can help you format SD card to NTFS or other file systems effectively and quickly. In fact, AOMEI Partition Assistant is featured with other helpful functions like SSD Secure Erase, disk clone etc and you can get more functions like converting system disk to GPT without data loss if you upgrade it to Professional version. All in all, it’s a powerful and reliable tool to manage your disk in Windows.