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    Default Micro SD card won't format

    I'm trying to move photos from my camera to my computer. I bought a micro sd card, successfully moved the photos from the camera to the card, but when I put the card in my computer (with an adapter) it said it had to be formatted which I assumed would erase what was on it (the photos). So, I transferred the photos back onto the camera and tried to format the card, but the computer says the card in the E: drive cannot be formatted. How can I get the computer to accept the card with the photos on it or format the card?

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    Default Re: Micro SD card won't format

    Welcome to pressF1.

    Usually you format the card using the camera to start with.

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    Default Re: Micro SD card won't format

    Is it an SDHC card? If it is, does the adapter support SDHC? What version of windows is it?

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    Default Re: Micro SD card won't format

    It is a SanDisk Micro SDHC 4 gb card. The adapter came with it. I'm running Windows XP.

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    Default Re: Micro SD card won't format

    The phone seemed to have no trouble with it, transferred the photos immediately, but the computer insists it has to be formatted. I did try putting it in my camera and formatting it there but nothing happened.

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    Default Re: Micro SD card won't format

    I realize I wrote camera when I meant phone. It's pictures on a LG phone that I am unable to move to my computer although the phone transfers the photos to the micro card without any problem.

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    Default Re: Micro SD card won't format

    Is XP up to date?? Is this on it?? It makes XP support SDHC

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/934428

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    Default Re: Micro SD card won't format

    I downloaded the hot fixes you directed me to, but was told I already had a newer version and the fixes weren't needed, so any other suggestions? I appreciate your help, by the way.

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    Default Re: Micro SD card won't format

    If it helps, here's what happens when I try to open the SDHC card. In "My Computer" it shows up as Removable Disk (E. When I double-click on it I get "The disk in drive E is not formatted. Would you like to format it now?" When I click "yes" I get "There is no disk in drive E. Insert a disk, and then try again." When I click "OK" I get "The disk in Drive E cannot be formatted." When I right click it, and go to "Properties" I get "Removable Disk" File System "RAW". If I go to "Hardware" it says "Manufacturer: Texas Instruments. Location: FlashMedia 2. Device Status: The device is working properly."

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    Default Re: Micro SD card won't format

    I wouldn't be surprised if the problem was that the card reader didn't support SDHC cards.

    Do you know the brand\model of your card reader?
    Non-system disk or disk error. Replace and strike any key when ready.

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