Most of the apps you install on your Android use the SD card to store them, along with their data. As long as you use the app these files are very important for its functionality. However, when you uninstall them, most of the times these dependent data files are not deleted from your SD card and they just sit there consuming your storage space which could have been used to save music and video files.
Manual cleaning can be done by mounting the SD card on the computer, but it’s very difficult to figure out which files are now junk and which are still used by applications that are installed on your Android. SD Maid is a cool application that can help you with this task and can be taken care of directly on Android without connecting it to a computer.
So let’s see how the app can be of use to us.
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Guide: How to Completely Erase Photos from SD Card on Mac. Step 1 Insert SD Card on Your Computer. Take the SD card out from the device and insert the card into your computer. The position of SD card slot varies on different computers. Take ThinkPad computer as an example, the slot is named eSATA near the HDMI slot. The clean command zeroes out the sectors of the disk that contain the partition data. If you wished to zero out all data on the SD card you could use “clean all” instead, but unless you have a pressing privacy/security reason for overwriting the the entire SD card with zeros, it’s unwise to waste the read/write cycles of the flash media. If you've ever connected your SD card to a Macbook, you might have noticed.
Once installed, SD Maid works differently for a rooted and non-rooted device. In the article we will see how the app works for non-rooted phones and clear the junk files from the SD card. After the app initializes, it gives you a glimpse of used and free space that’s available on different partitions you have on your Android. The next tab, called Explorer, is a simple file explorer where you can browse your SD card and delete files manually.
I would recommend you to open the Corpsefinder module directly. This module is the magic wand of the app and makes it what it is. Once you open the module, tap on the screen to refresh the list. The app will scan your Android device for left over files that are no longer used by any of the apps that are installed on it and displays them one after another as a list. You can tap on a particular entry to find more information about it. The delete button at the top will clear these unnecessary files from your SD card.
The app scanner depends on whether you have granted root access to the app. For a normal user, the app will only clean the junk files from the mounted SD card but for root users it will scan the system data folder as well. The System Cleaner module scans for temporary files, gallery thumbnails, empty and LOST.DIR directories that are consuming space on your SD card and cleans them in one single touch. This also takes care of Windows generated temporary files which are created when you mount the SD card to your computer.
The Biggest File section is also a great addition which tells you which of the files that you have on your SD card are taking the maximum storage quota. This can be very helpful at times when you have copied movies to your card and forgotten about it completely. When you select a file in this module, it opens in the app’s file manager from where you can delete it.
The features to clean SD card offered by free version of the app ends there. The paid version provides some additional perks like App Cache Cleaner and Duplicate File finder. You can go for the pro version but there are free apps available in the Play Store which can take care of individual tasks.
If you have not cleaned your SD card for months, do try out the app. You will be shocked to see the amount of space the app will free up in a matter of few seconds.
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This post will show you how to remove partitions from SD card, USB flash drive, pen stick, etc. via Disk Management, free partition manager software and Diskpart command line. You can choose one of these methods to delete partition from storage media.
Deleting partition from storage media is common operation we can do in daily lives, which is not true of SD card. We often format SD card or clear an SD card, but we seldom delete partition from SD card or USB drives, as the partition management on SD card is not as easy as on hard drive. Anyway, users still want to remove partition on SD card or flash drive for some reasons.
- There is more than one partition on your SD card, but you can make use of space on the first partition. Thus you’ll want to delete extra partitions to reclaim all space on the card.
- You want to repartition the SD card, before which all partitions should be deleted.
- To get rid of damaged partition on SD card. Your SD card may go wrong and cannot be accessed properly, or it cannot be formatted due to write-protection. In that case, you can try removing corrupt or damaged partition to repair it.
- To erase virus or malware from storage media. Removing partition means deletion of all data together with the partition, which is able to wipe unknown virus on the partition.
There are various methods available to remove partition from SD card, and you can choose the easiest one to complete the task. Before we start, you should connect your SD card to computer and make it recognized. Turn off the digital device that uses the SD card and take the memory card out; then insert the SD card into a card reader on a computer. After that, you can see the memory card in File Explorer. One thing you should be awared: deleting partition process also deleted all data on that partition, you should back up important data in advanced, or you’ll have to perform partition recovery.
If you try to delete partition from SD card or flash drive using Windows 8/7/XP Disk Management, you will find the “Delete Volume” option is dimed out. That’s because Disk Management in those versions of Windows does not well support manage partitions on removable devices. However, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update removes this limit, and it becomes able to delete partitions on SD card, pen stick, USB drive, flash memory, etc. and File Explorer is able to display all partitions on these devices. Let’s see how it works:
Step 1: Open Windows 10 Disk Management by right-clicking Start menu and selecting Disk Management.
Step 2: Locate the SD card and its partition in Disk Management. Then right-click on the partition you want to delete and select “Delete Volume” option.
Step 3: Click “Yes” button when you see message “Deleting this volume will erase all data on it. Back up any data you want to keep before deleting. Do you want to continue?”
Step 4: When the partition is deleted, you can see disk space becomes unallocated.
PartitionGuru is free Windows disk partition management software with various features that you can complete manage disks and partitions on your computer, as well as recover lost files and partitions. For example, you can resize SD card partition, clear SD card, create ext4 partition, recover deleted files, manage virtual disks, check and repair bad sectors, etc. It’s much easier to delete SD card partition with PartitionGuru Free or Pro version, just follow steps here to delete any volume.
Step 1: Install and launch PartitionGuru from Windows computer. This partition manager is compatible with all versions of Windows systems, such as Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP, Windows server, Windows PE, Dos, etc.
Step 2: Select the partition to be deleted on SD card and click “Delete” button from toolbar. Click “Yes” button to confirm the deletion operation.
Note: Once the partition is deleted, you’ll lose all data on it. Be sure files on the partition have been backed up to elsewhere on your computer.
Step 3: Click “Save All” button from toolbar and click “Yes” to confirm the action. This move is to save the change you make to partition table.
Diskpart is a command-line disk partitioning utility included in Windows system since Windows 2000. It is able to delete partition, create partition, format partition, clear disk, partition disk, etc. in Windows 10/8/7. In this section, we can use this tool to remove partition on flash drive, memory card, hard drive, etc.
Step 1: Launch Command Prompt. Click Start menu and enter cmd in searching box; then you can right-click cmd.exe from searching result, and click Run as administrator.
Step 2: In Command Prompt window, type diskpart and hit Enter key. Then type following commands and press Enter key after each command.
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Step 3: If you want to delete other partition, then repeat command above. Then close Command Prompt.
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This article presents three methods to remove partitions from SD card or USB drive, and they can also be used to delete partitions on hard drive, external hard drive, etc. You should be noted that, all these deletion actions cause partition loss and data loss, data backup should be done before deletion.