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    I have been using a 4gb Sd card in my digital photo frame for some time and decided it was time to change the pictures.

    I put it in the Sd slot of my laptop and it said that it required formatting. It starts the format and progresses to about ⅞ then stops saying that Windows is unable to complete the format. I now have a, seemingly, useless Sd card.

    Is there any way that I can get around this and format the card successfully?

    Thanks for your help.
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    What happens if you don't format it and tell it to not try?

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    When I insert it, Windows says that it needs formatting.
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    It doesnt have a switch on it does it which will make it write protected

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    Yes it does and it is on unlocked.
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    Default Re: SD Card Format

    did you select the FAT32 filesystem to format it?

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    You could try a "proper" SD card formatter e.g.

    Panasonic SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards Format Software

    HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool

    Fat32Formatter

    PQI USB Flash drive Formatter

    Edit. MAKE SURE YOU FORMAT THE CORRECT DRIVE
    Last edited by Scubadoo; 04-04-2011 at 04:30 PM.

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    Or you could try reformatting it in a digital camera - AFAIK most of them do it.

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    From the instructions for a Panasonic SD card I bought recently -
    "This card is formatted to the SD card standard. If reformatting is ever necessary format it using SD compatible equipment or SD formatting software. Formatting the card with any other software will make the card nonstandard and cause problems with compatibility and performance. For a free version of SD formatting software ... " http://panasonic.jp/support/audio/sd...rmatter_e.html
    This may be the Panasonic one Scubadoo referred to.
    Last edited by Robin S_; 05-04-2011 at 12:18 AM.

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