Formatting Memory Cards

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Formatting a memory card involves putting it into a memory card reader, right clicking the drive and selecting either a FAT format, which is accessible by non-Windows operating systems, or a NTFS format, which is Microsoft's newest file system. Format a memory card on a computer, erasing it from the card simultaneously, with IT help from a software developer in this free video on computers.

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Hi, my name's Dave Andrews. Today I'm going to show you how to format a memory card. Now I have here a device that is a memory card reader that is a USB extension that you can plug into any computer, and it will take multiple different types of cards, I have one here, that all you've got to do is just pop it into this memory card reader, connect it to your computer, and then you can access the files that are on the memory card. I'm going to show you how to format this memory card. So, all we have to do is make sure our reader is connected, and many computers that you buy nowadays actually come with a memory card reader, and on my computer screen you can see that that memory card show up on my computer as drive F. I can double click it, there's one file on there called budget. So let's format that. Simply within my computer here, right click on the drive you want to format, in this case it's "F" and then select format. Now it's going to give you a few options of how you'd like to format it, file system is one of the more important ones. This system is set to "FAT". Now "FAT" is a file system that is accessible by different operating systems than Windows. You can access it on Linux, you can access it on Macintosh, if you are just going to be using it on Windows, I suggest you use NTFS which is there, or Microsoft's newest file system. It also allows you to set a label for it. We'll call it my memory card. And if you will look down at the very bottom you have a couple of options. The quick format will basically format the drive a whole lot faster, but it doesn't do any error checking. It just runs through it and does it. So it's typically a good idea to keep that unchecked. So all you have to do to begin is just click on start. It's going to warn you that formatting is going to erase all the data, that's fine, just click ok. It's currently formating my memory card, and when it's complete I can access that memory card and it will have no data on it and be completely clean. My name's Dave Andrews, and I've just explained to you how to format a memory card.

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