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supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
edited October 2012 in The hub
I have windows XP, and my computer won't read an SD card - asks me to format it. I try to format it and it says it can not complete the format! It reads fine in my mates mac, so is not the card.

Any ideas how I can format the damn thing and use it again in my camera (I formatted it in the camera, still no joy).

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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    does it have a little flip tag on it?

    think record protection on the old cassette tapes.
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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Aye, that is set right.
  • Daz555Daz555 Posts: 4,040
    As you have Windows XP which is old perhaps you have an sd card reader which does not work with newer cards.

    The one on my old laptop will not read or write to anything above 16GB for example.

    Also is your reader perhaps SD and the card SDHC.?
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  • benpinnickbenpinnick Posts: 4,148
    Probably an issue with the size of disk versus format type (NTFS/FAT etc.) What size is it?
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  • mb5mb5 Posts: 19
    chances are it is in exFat format (all large SDs tend to be now).

    XP is older than exFat so you need an update to get it to work on XP. Google for the update on the MS website.
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Is a 4GB SDHC - will try some of the suggestions, thanks all.
  • jndb72jndb72 Posts: 629
    Did XP not suffer with anything greater than 2GB (something to do with NTFS)? (or did i imagine that)
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  • Mike DeereMike Deere Posts: 4,259
    What card reader are you using? Some older ones might only support SD (i.e. up to 2Gb) cards, not SDHC. Common occurence.
  • YeehaaMcgeeYeehaaMcgee Posts: 5,740
    supersonic wrote:
    Is a 4GB SDHC - will try some of the suggestions, thanks all.
    Could be tha your card reader doesn't like SDHC. The one built into my Dell monitor doesn't, for example, but strangely, the older one, that's built into my ancient laptop, plays nice with them.
    jndb72 wrote:
    Did XP not suffer with anything greater than 2GB (something to do with NTFS)? (or did i imagine that)
    No, you're just making that up.
  • jndb72jndb72 Posts: 629
    supersonic wrote:
    Is a 4GB SDHC - will try some of the suggestions, thanks all.
    Could be tha your card reader doesn't like SDHC. The one built into my Dell monitor doesn't, for example, but strangely, the older one, that's built into my ancient laptop, plays nice with them.
    jndb72 wrote:
    Did XP not suffer with anything greater than 2GB (something to do with NTFS)? (or did i imagine that)
    No, you're just making that up.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314463

    However, the limit was 4GB(ish) on FAT32 (long time since I had the need to dable with such detail)
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  • YeehaaMcgeeYeehaaMcgee Posts: 5,740
    jndb72 wrote:
    supersonic wrote:
    Is a 4GB SDHC - will try some of the suggestions, thanks all.
    Could be tha your card reader doesn't like SDHC. The one built into my Dell monitor doesn't, for example, but strangely, the older one, that's built into my ancient laptop, plays nice with them.
    jndb72 wrote:
    Did XP not suffer with anything greater than 2GB (something to do with NTFS)? (or did i imagine that)
    No, you're just making that up.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314463

    However, the limit was 4GB(ish) on FAT32 (long time since I had the need to dable with such detail)
    that's not an XP issue, it's a Fat32 issue, which is why, since Windows2000, it was strongly discouraged for users to run their systems on Fat32 disks.
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Seems there were two problems - the camera creates a new folder sometimes, which confuses the computer. And my reader was faulty recognising the protect tab.
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