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How to Fix SD Card with Multiple Partitions When Plug Out from Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi device operates mainly through a micro-SD card, which needs to be put in inside the SD card slot on the device. When you install an OS onto the SD card, especially the Raspberry Pi OS, it creates two drives onto the SD card, the one with the system boot drive while other is the storage drive which is reserved for the operating system. You will see these drives once you put the SD card back into your laptop or PC for installing the OS again. Formatting the SD card having multiple drives through a normal way won’t work in this case.

If you are experiencing the same issue while formatting the booted Raspberry Pi SD card, follow this guide to fix it.

How to Fix SD Card with Multiple Partitions When Plug Out from Raspberry Pi

As a Raspberry Pi user, if you insert the booted SD card into laptop or PC, you will see the following drives as shown in the image below:

You can also view the drives by going into the Disk Management option in a Windows-based laptop.

It’s hard to format the booted drive properly through the normal method since it won’t format the SD card to full capacity.

The two drives will still be there onto the SD card.

To learn how to format the booted SD card properly, you can follow the below-mentioned methods:

Method 1: Format Booted SD Card Through Disk Management

The first method to format a booted SD card can be done through the Disk Management tool, which you can open from the Windows Start option.

At the Disk Management, go through the below-given steps:

Step 1: Right click on the SD card drive and choose the “Delete Volume” option.

Step 2: Select “Yes” to delete the currently selected volume.

Perform similar steps for the “system boot” drive too.

Step 3: Select the “New Simple Volume”.

Step 4: Select the “Next” option on the New Simple Volume wizard.

Step 5: Leave the default disk space and volume then select “Next”.

Step 6: Follow the onscreen instructions provided in the image below:

Step 7: Format the volume using the default file system type by clicking the “Next” button.

Step 8: Go with “Finish” button to complete the process.

Step 9: Now, you can Format the drive in the normal way with full card capacity.

Method 2: Format Booted SD Card through Third Party Tool

You can also go with the SD Card Formatter (a third-party tool) to format the card with multiple drives. For this reason, follow the below-given steps:

Step 1: Download and Install SD Card Formatter from here.

Step 2: Open the SD Card Formatter and select any drive, then click on the “Format” option to successfully format the drive to full capacity without performing any additional steps:

In this way, you can easily format the Raspberry Pi SD card and fix the multiple drives issue when you plug the card into the system.


Fixing the SD card multiple drives issue will help users format the Raspberry Pi SD card properly at full capacity. It allows users to install an operating system again onto the SD card. Two methods are discussed in the above-mentioned guidelines where users can choose between Disk Management option, or third-party tool like SD Card Formatter to format the booted Raspberry Pi SD card drive on the windows system.

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Awais Khan

I'm an Engineer and an academic researcher by profession. My interest for Raspberry Pi, embedded systems and blogging has brought me here to share my knowledge with others.