HOW DO YOU FACTORY RESET A MICRO SD CARD?

I'm trying to format a micro SD card for my raspberry pi. I'm not that experienced, and I think I formatted it wrong during previous attempts because an error appeared when I was trying to format it to FAT (I'm pretty sure this is the correct format for NOOBS...). Is it possible to factory reset my changes and start from square one? I'm using Windows, not Mac

Update:

Also, the drive that the sd card was in dissapeared at some point. Help??

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  • 1 month ago
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    It most likely has some non-Windows partition added, with only a small partition set as FAT32.

    Try using "balena etcher" to write the card image, I believe that does the repartitioning etc. itself.

    https://www.balena.io/etcher/

    If that does not work, either you have a faulty SD card adapter or the card itself has a problem.

    Other than that, go to control panel & search "disk management"

    Look for the SD card in the lower half of the screen and either delete the partitions or initialise it, depending what it's showing as there.

    • Ester1 month agoReport

      Great advice! I finally got it working!! It took a little digging, but I finally got it. Thanks a bunch!

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  • not at all in my opinion

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    https://www.lifewire.com/format-sd-card-using-wind...

     

    If that doesn't work, buy a new one.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    google it to find out

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  • Bill-M
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    There is no factory reset for the SD Card.  You just format it.   FAT32 should work.

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  • 1 month ago

    Depends on capacity of the card.  FAT has a size limit for different types:

    FAT16 is 2 GB

    FAT 32 is 2 TB

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  • Rayal
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Put your SD card in your computer (internal, or USB) and format it, using the windows format utility. After it mounts remove it and put it in your Pi.

    Use FAT 32 for your Pi.

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  • 1 month ago

    You could try the SD card formater from the SD card association at https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/index.html . If that doesn't work, you managed to wreck your SD card, which is usually not easy.

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