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force format an SD Card

Is there any way to force format an sd card which the pc refuses to read, an sd card which locks up the pc when you try to explore it? Any attempt to read the durned thing ends up with a frozen pc :(

Fri, 09 Mar 2007 02:56:24 -0800

Have you tried to format it in your digital camera?

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 09 Mar 2007 10:16:56 -0800

I had exactly the same problem today. I found your question as I was looking for an answer, myself. I'll tell you what I've been able to find out so far.

First off, the camera in which the memory card is used in is a Victor GZMG505 HDD video camera.

I noticed that if I link the camera to my computer via USB cable, I can see what's inside the SD card without any problem whatsoever. However, if I try to read the SD card by directly plugging it into my computer, I can not read it.

I think it has to do with formatting. I reformatted my SD card with the camera as suggested above, but nothing seemed to change. Then I got the idea to check the properties for the SD drive when looking at it on my computer through the camera.

I found out that the format was FAT. I then formatted it to FAT32 through the camera. Unfortunately, I still couldn't read the card without the medium of the camera.

I think that the way the camera formats the memory must be somehow different from the way PCs do; it's the only thing I can think of.

However, as I said, a possible solution for you is to put your SD card in your camera, link your camera into your computer, and then see if you can look inside.

Good luck!

Mikawa Ossan
Thu, 19 Jul 2007 06:18:16 +0000

have you tried putting the lock in the off position? which would be quite daft and hilarious. kudos!

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 17:14:16 +0000

How big is the SD Card? If it's huge, like say, 2GB or 4GB or more, then your card reader might not be able to read it, because these larger standards weren't around when your card reader was released. You might have to get a new card reader.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 15 Jul 2008 18:12:05 +0000

well hi buddy,

see i too have the same the problem and if any experienced fellow visits this forum, please do reply it shall save a few folks like me. well there is a repeating virus in my cell phone card. now what i mean by repeating is that when my anti virus deletes it, it pop's up again in the folders.

And i have also noticed a file particularly because it cannot be deleted, neither by the cell phone nor by the computer and i have concluded that a force format should do the trick, how do i force format my card?

please help

Tue, 19 Aug 2008 22:18:16 +0000

Why can't you format it on your cell phone? Put it in a digital camera if you have to and format it.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 20 Aug 2008 01:57:34 +0000

I do carry de same proplem in my sd card,de computer is unable to format it as it states saying the disk is write protected,remove the write protection first.And secondary whereas when i format the sd card in my phone ,the phone formats it but this format is a quick format,so please let me know as how do i format my force format my sd card.

specs:sd card 4 gb kingston
OS-Vista home basic
Phone - nokia N-81

Thu, 18 Dec 2008 17:05:39 +0000

Make sure that the lock switch is not in the "Lock" position. Your 4 GB card is SDHC. Make sure your memory card reader on your computer is SDHC compatible.

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 19 Dec 2008 00:54:14 +0000

i have had the same problem...
my laptop has an SD card reader built-in and when i put my SD card into it my computer doesn't no that there is something in the drive. a lot of people have been having the same problem with this. the only reason your SD card isn't being read is because you have vista.

there is no fix for this problem on the vista website yet

the only way to get to your SD card from your computer is to have an external SD card reader attached by USB.

Tue, 29 Sep 2009 17:42:35 +0000

I know this is old but just want to help if someone found this from search engine.

The main reason could be that your computer does not read SDHC memory cards. Older computers will only support 2GB or less memory cards. 4GB SD cards are usually SDHC (HC= high capacity). It will have a SDHC label on it.

The reason why camera, phones, or USB readers can read it is because it support SDHC. If you are sure your computer supports SDHC, then you may have to update the drivers. Try contacting your computer vender to see if there's an update available.

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 08:47:20 +0000

i too have the same problem but mine is a 64GB card cant read or format it but dont know why

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:53:12 +0400

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