How to Format the SD Card For Your Drone

For optimal performance, your SD card should be formatted regularly. To get in the habit, we recommend formatting it before the first flight of the day. 

Before you start, there are a few things to be aware of.

  • Ensure you are using the recommended SD card for your drone.
  • Remember to back up or copy any important files, as it will delete everything saved on your SD card.
  • Do NOT format the SD card between flights in the same mission, as it will remove all data from the card. This includes missions split among multiple days.

If you must use a computer to format your microSD cards, remember that cards 32GB and under need to be formatted as FAT32, and cards greater than 32GB, need to be formatted as exFAT.

DJI Pilot 2 for the Matrice 300/350 RTK or Mavic 3 Enterprise Drone

1. Verify that all critical files and needed data have been backed up.

2. From the home screen of the remote controller, tap Enter Camera View.

3. From the camera view screen, tap the Slider Bar icon on the right side of the screen.

4. Tap the three dots menu.

5. Scroll down to the bottom of the menu and tap Format SD Card. Then tap OK to confirm you want to format the SD card.

6. A pop-up window will appear, confirming that the card has been reformatted successfully.

GS RTK for the Phantom 4 RTK Drone

If you are using the P4R, the maximum supported capacity is usually 128GB.

1. Verify that all critical files and needed data have been backed up.

2. Insert the microSD card into the drone. Remember that the pins will face up toward you. 

3. Power on the drone and the controller using the GS RTK app.

4. From the main menu, tap Fly.

GS RTK Home Screen Fly.png

5. Tap the camera options icon on the right (under the white dot used for taking photos).

6. Tap the gear icon in the upper-right section of the menu bar that appears.

7. Tap Format SD Card.

8.  Tap OK to confirm the changes.

I still can't do it!

We wrote these articles to equip you with everything you need to get the job done on your own, but we understand that sometimes this isn't sufficient.

If you're stuck, the Propeller hardware support team may be able to help. You can contact them by emailing

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