SD Card formatting

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Danimal077, May 31, 2015.

  1. Danimal077

    Danimal077 MDL Novice

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    Hello All,

    I have searched all over and have tried many fixes for this issue, but have not found one that works.

    Every SD Card or Micro SD card I own works in every other device, except when I plug them into Win7.
    It tells me that the card needs formatting, I try to, then it tells me Windows can't do it!

    I have tried them in each of the 3 Win7 systems I own with the same result!

    Any help tackling this problem will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Skaendo

    Skaendo MDL Addicted

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    #2 Skaendo, May 31, 2015
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    What brand of card is it?
    Is it a regular SD card or MicroSD?
    Have you tried them on a different OS?

    If it's a MicroSD I stick them in my phone and reformat them, sometimes that works.
    Most SDcard Manufacturers also have format utilities on their website.
     
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  3. Danimal077

    Danimal077 MDL Novice

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    #3 Danimal077, May 31, 2015
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    A few diff brands of cards, but mostly SanDisk & Panasonic.
    I have both SD & Micro SanDisks.

    They all work in Android tablets & phones, Panasonic & Canon cameras, and every other device I put them in.
    Even when I usb those various devices to my PC all the cards are recognized.

    Yes I can wipe or format all of them in all those devices too, but Windows still won't let me do anything with them!
    Win 7 should be able to transfer files from them and onto them.


    Hasn't anyone else come across this problem?
     
  4. Skaendo

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  5. Tito

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    1. Are they formatted with non-FAT file systems, like EXT4?
    2. (Weird one!) Is the card reader controller's driver updated?
     
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    #6 Danimal077, May 31, 2015
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    Skaendo....I have tried that program, didn't work.
    On my Desktop & HTPC I use a usb card reader, my Laptop has a reader port, they both used to work great!

    Tito.....When I put them into an Android device or one of my cameras they format right away.
    I have also tried updating win 7 drivers but it keeps telling me they all are working properly.

    I just finished coping a file from my desktop to my phone's SD card via a usb cable!
     
  7. Bat.1

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    You ever tried with MiniTool Partition Wizard ?
     
  8. Skaendo

    Skaendo MDL Addicted

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    Strange, I am at a loss. I use SD cards everyday in both USB adapters and SD ports on 2 desktops and 2 laptops. Both desktops run Win7, one laptop runs Slackware Linux and the other laptop triple boots Win7, Win10 and Slackware (or another random Linux/BSD distro) and I use the same SD cards in all of them. Never had a problem.

    What brand of PCs are you using? Just for refrence I am using 3 Dells and 1 HP.
     
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  9. Danimal077

    Danimal077 MDL Novice

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    I'm at a loss too!
    Going to buy a new usb external card reader port.
    If that doesn't work I'm going to be really confused!!
     
  10. sml156

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  11. Danimal077

    Danimal077 MDL Novice

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    All cards that have lock tabs are unlocked.
    I don't know what readyboost is.


    Thanks for the input, EFA11.
     
  12. Danimal077

    Danimal077 MDL Novice

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    sml156.....I just DL'd HP USB disk tool and it tells me the card is "Write Protected"!
     
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