The Importance of Formatting your Micro SD Card and How to!

The process of formatting your micro SD card or memory card is preparing the flash device for the storage of data. It wipes the SD card clean by removing previously existing data and information that is on the card and creates a new file system in the process. I know you may be thinking, “But my dashcam has a loop recording function, why would I need to format the SD card?”. Well, although the dashcam records over old footage it’s still possible for fragments of previous data to be left on the memory card. These remnants of data can pile up and make the card more susceptible to data errors or corruption possibly causing˜ discrepancies in your footage or damaged files.

In consideration to this, I recommend formatting your micro SD card in your computer prior to its first use for good measure. Subsequently, you may format the micro SD card in your dashcam itself. You also have the option of taking advantage of the “Format Warning” feature that allows you to set a reminder that will pop up on your dashcam to remind you every 15, 30, or 60 days. Before you format your micro SD card, always remember to save whichever footage clips or photos you would like to keep before formatting, all data on the micro SD card will be deleted during the process of formatting.

 

In order to format the micro SD card through your PC computer please follow these steps:

Step 1) Make sure the microSD card is inserted inside the adapter.
Step 2) Insert the adapter (with the microSD card inside the adapter) into the laptop.
Step 3) Once inserted, a window should pop up showing what’s inside the SD card. Within this window you should see “This PC” on the side bar options, go ahead and click “This PC”
Step 4) This will show you an overview of your PC contents, under “Devices and Drives” you should see your SD card and how much space is free on the card. Usually named “SDHC”.
Step 5) Right click on the name of your SD card “SDHC”
Step 6) After right-clicking on your SD card, a drop down menu should come up and you’ll see the option “Format…”, click that button to bring up the Format window.
Step 7) Leave the default settings that are there and click “Start”
Step 8) After format is complete, click “Close” then right click on your SD card and choose “Eject”

 

In order to format the micro SD card through your MAC computer please follow these steps:

Step 1) Connect the memory card reader to the computer.
Step 2) Make sure the microSD card is inserted inside the adapter.
Step 3) Insert the adapter (with the microSD card inside the adapter) into the SD card reader.
Step 4) Double-click “Macintosh HD”.
Step 5) Select “Applications”.
Step 6) Double-click “Utilities”.
Step 7) Double-click “Disk Utilities”.
Step 8) Select the SD card in the left side of the window. It will be named something similar to “SDHC”, “NO NAME” or “UNTITLED”
Step 9) Click the “Erase” tab in the middle of the window.

Step 10) Click, on the “Format” drop down menu and select “MS-DOS (FAT)” if the card is 32gb or smaller. If any larger, please select “ExFAT”.

Step 11) A pop up will appear asking, “Are you sure you want to erase the partition “SD CARD NAME?” Go ahead and click “Erase”, then the computer begins the format.

WARNING: Formatting will erase all data on the device. Please back up your data you would like to keep before proceeding.

If you run into any issues while attempting to format your SD card, please feel free to reach us at service@papagousa.com.

 

By Papago Technical Support