How to Format a Micro SD Card or USB Flash Drive (PC)

Windows has the limitation of formatting drives that are bigger than 32GB. It is not the limitation of your PC but it was the coding that Microsoft enforced. To make it simple, we'll use a simple, free and popular 3rd party software to format all drives. 

There's no installation needed. The 3rd party software is an independent program that run without the need for installing. You only need to double click to open and use it.

This free software is called "GUIFormat", which can be downloaded here.

  1. Once downloaded, double click on it to open the software.
  2. Select the drive, by its letter, that you want to format. Double check to make sure it's the drive that you want to format.
  3. "Volume Label": optionally, you name name your drive however you like.
  4. Click "Start" and wait for it to finish. Click "Close" once it's done.
  5. Click "Close"
  6. Open your newly formatted drive and create a folder call "TeslaCam", exactly like this. Tesla software will look for this specific folder and store all footages there.
  7. Your drive is now ready for Dashcam and Sentry Mode.
  8. Enjoy!

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Have you verify that it was formatted as FAT32? I did overlooked the “Quick format” checkbox. Yes, it should be unchecked.

I’ve seen others having issues with this particular drive as well.

Judy May 07, 2019

I have the iXpand Flash Drive 128GB. I used the recommended GUI formatter. I created a folder named TeslaCam. When I stick it in my Tesla, absolutely nothing happens. Flashdrive works everywhere else.

I have done the process several times. I notice you marked the box that said Quick Format. I did not use that. Others have said don’t use a quick format.

Got any suggestions?

CCK May 07, 2019

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