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Canuck
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« on: September 22, 2013, 12:37:14 AM »

Last night I found an old  8 GB SDHC SD card in my bag. It only had a couple of files on it so I deleted them and then thought, what the heck, I'm going to format it and give it a clean start. So I used the Windows 7 format tool and did it but it seems to have screwed something up (deleted the protected space on the card perhaps?) because it wont even mount on my computer! I downloaded SD Formatter (something I should have used from the beginning I guess) but there's nothing it seems I can do as my computer doesn't recognize that a card has been inserted. I tried putting the card into my camera and format it there but it shows that there's a memory card error and won't let me format the card. Is this card ready for the garbage? At this point, an 8 GB SD card is hardly more than pennies but it is a bit of a waste.
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2013, 03:25:27 AM »

Not sure which Win 7 format tool you mean by your description.

Open up control panel, administrative tools, computer management, go to the disk management section, and then plug your drive in.

It should show up there, even if unformatted.

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PS: Try FAT32 instead of NTFS. The partition is small enough, unless you need a file > 4GB, you're better off. Especially if you use it to transfer files to other devices.
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2013, 04:32:23 AM »

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on September 23, 2013, 03:25:27 AM

Not sure which Win 7 format tool you mean by your description.

Open up control panel, administrative tools, computer management, go to the disk management section, and then plug your drive in.

It should show up there, even if unformatted.

Atomic

PS: Try FAT32 instead of NTFS. The partition is small enough, unless you need a file > 4GB, you're better off. Especially if you use it to transfer files to other devices.
Just the normal format where you right click on the drive and choose format. I'll give your advice a try, thanks.
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2013, 04:58:05 AM »

Nope, nothing shows up. I think this card may have just bit the dust.
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2013, 05:07:27 PM »

Try the above things in safe mode too...
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