I used a 16 gb sd card to installl retropie in my raspberry pi 3, but now my computer says its just a 240 mb card. How do I format it to the original state?

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    Your computer is probably only seeing the boot partition.
    – CoderMike
    Jan 31 '20 at 23:57
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    I presume you are using Windows - this is just the size of the boot partition. The Card is almost certainly OK and will run on a Pi.
    – Milliways
    Jan 31 '20 at 23:57

When you write an RPi OS image to a SD-Card, it actually creates two partitions. The first one (/boot) has a 256MB size and because of the filesystem which is FAT32, is accessible for your Windows box. The second one (root) has whole other size of the SD-card and formatted as EXT4 filesystem and because of that you can't see there.
It's the output of fdisk -l (8GB SD-Card):

Device         Boot  Start      End  Sectors  Size Id Type
/dev/mmcblk0p1        8192   532479   524288  256M  c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/mmcblk0p2      532480 15466495 14934016  7.1G 83 Linux

To fix it, you should use a tool like "SD Card Formatter". Check this link out for more information.

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    I just fixed it. Thank you.
    – Renato
    Feb 1 '20 at 1:10
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    @Renato Hello and welcome -- If you fixed that with/by the help of this answer, please accept it.
    – M. Rostami
    Feb 1 '20 at 1:18

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