By Jordan, Last updated: April 24, 2019
Formatting an SD card is quick and easy. Thanks to your Mac’s Disk Utility. Find out the complete steps in this guide on how to format SD card on Mac effectively.
SD cards are highly popular forms of storage devices especially for electronics such as smartphones, DSLRs and more. These tiny chip-like storage devices are lifesavers for our everyday use. However, before you can use them completely, you need to format the SD card first.
In this tutorial, we will teach you how to format SD card on Mac using the Disk Utility. First, you have to understand that formatting an SD card or micro SD card will erase all data saved on the card as set a file system format for the SD card.
To ensure that all your files such as photos and videos are safe, copy these media files or create a backup.
Once you are done taking backups, follow these steps on how to format SD card on Mac:
Before inserting your SD card, verify if your Mac supports an SD card slot otherwise you can use an SD card adapter.
Don’t be too excited to pull out the SD card without safely ejecting it from your Mac. Just make sure you are not bypassing some operations and cause issues on your SD card.
After safely removing your card, you are now able to use it in whatever purpose you wish such as using it in another device.
After 2016, Mac Book releases did not include SD card slots which meant getting an extra piece when you needed one.
You can get a USB SD card reader or adapter depending on the Mac device you own. The price ranges from $7-$30.
Once you have the card reader ready, you can follow the same guide mentioned in the first part of the article.
Mac supports the SD 1.x, 2.x, and 3.x standards. Your SD card slot should work with:
Your device also supports SD card adapters for MiniSD, MicroSD and even higher densities including MiniSDHC and MicroSDHC.
Each SD media has a different transfer rate. You can check with the package to determine the transfer rate of your SD card. Mac desktops have faster transfer speed in which you can check it by:
Mac notebooks, on the other hand, use the USB bus to communicate with the SD card slot at a maximum speed of up to 480Mbit/s.
We may not avoid it sometimes that SD cards get corrupted due to various reasons. Regardless of the causes, you can format a corrupted SD card on Mac by following these steps:
Again, un-mount the SD card properly from your Mac because sometimes, a careless mistake can cause card corruption.
Good thing, your Disk Utility offers a wide range of functions including repairing the SD card structure. You may now use your SD card as you wish after its recovery.
SD cards hold a lot of photos and videos, especially when used in smartphones. If you own one and you wish to import it to your Mac, you can do the following:
Otherwise, if you have an iOS device, you can simply turn on the iCloud backup or use iTunes to sync the photos.
We have just completed the tutorial on how to format SD card on Mac using the Disk Utility. You may also choose to download third-party software to format your SD card but it comes with a price.
I hope you have learned a lot of important things such as repairing a corrupted SD card and even understanding the different SD file system format supported by your computer. We even gave some bonus tips on how to import your files from the SD card.
You can also let share this to your friends so they too can learn great tips and tricks on your Mac!
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Last updated: April 24, 2019
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