Solved SD Card Problems


ArthurDent

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Hi folks

Hope someone can help with this.

I have a Transcend High Endurance 128Gb micro SD card which was used in a dashcam that WILL NOT FORMAT.

It has loads of files on it, which I want to wipe.

I have tried numerous ways to format the card - all to no avail.

If Windows won't (for whatever reason) format the card, can I do it in Linux Mint (and if so, how exactly)?

There is no hardware or software 'write protect' on the card as far as I know

Thanks in advance,

Art
 

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The problem is that Windows has a 32GB partition size limit for FAT32 which also has a 4GB single-file size limit. You may be able to delete the partition on it in Disk Management but I find it best to reformat SD/SDHC cards in the camera they are to be used in, sometimes Windows formatting doesn't work properly in the camera. For difficult cleaning of a drive I use Linux Mint with GPARTED [GNU/Gnome Partition Editor] to delete and recreate, could also download the GPARTED .iso file used to create/burn a bootable LiveCD then boot to it and clean the card.
 

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Thanks Berton.

I have a copy of Linux Mint on a bootable USB stick, but in all truth, I haven't played with it much and your reply doesn't really make sense to me.

I have heard of GPARTED but have no idea how to use it (indeed, is it part of LM or is it something else I need to install) - your reply seems to hint of that it is separate?

Could you do a quick 'Idiot's Guide' as to how with a bootable USB copy of LM running and the micro SD card fitted into an SD Adapter and plugged in, how I might format the card?

Do I, for example, need to mount the SD card when plugged in and Mint is running?

Cheers

Art
 

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Have you tried formatting the drive as ntfs
 

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It is most likely that the whole 128 GB card is formatted as fat32 which is a problem for Windows as Windows cannot format partitions over 32GB.

You have not said what you want to use card for.

If it is to reuse in dash cam then:

I would use minitool partition wizard free to delete the fat32 partition, create a new 32gb one, format as fat32, then expand it to 128 GB.

If it is to reuse in pc, simply format drive as exFAT.
 

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GPARTED is included on the Linux LiveUSB and the install routine uses it to partition/format an internal drive if choosing to install from the USB. I use it to delete partitions then create new, have done a 500GB HDD as FAT32, Windows can read and write to it. My largest USB Thumb drive is 256GB and factory formatted as FAT32.
 

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Hi folks

Hope someone can help with this.

I have a Transcend High Endurance 128Gb micro SD card which was used in a dashcam that WILL NOT FORMAT.

It has loads of files on it, which I want to wipe.

I have tried numerous ways to format the card - all to no avail.

If Windows won't (for whatever reason) format the card, can I do it in Linux Mint (and if so, how exactly)?

There is no hardware or software 'write protect' on the card as far as I know

Thanks in advance,

Art
Can you write to the SD card. If not, your card is bust.
 

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Tried putting the card into the dashcam to format it.

Dashcam reported an error and said it couldn't fomat the card.

Is this a common error - I can look at the files on the card in my pc, I can click on any video file and it plays okay - I just can't format the card.

Art
 

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    16Gb
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    Radion Vega 10 Mobile 2Gb
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Can you write to the SD card. If not, your card is bust.
No,

Card is "full" hence my trying to format it to clear it.

I'll try deleteing the odd video file using my pc and see if that works and repot back.

Art
 

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    16Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radion Vega 10 Mobile 2Gb
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Update:

Popped card in laptop (as per System 2). Said card needed formatting.

Card won't format - gets part-way through formatting then get message similar to "Windows could not complete the format"

Solution:

Card snapped in half and binned.

I guess I can now mark this thread as "solved"!

Art
 

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    16Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radion Vega 10 Mobile 2Gb
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    1920 x 1080
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    SK Hynix 2280 m.2 SSD, 512Gb or Crucial T500 m.2 SSD, 1Tb
    Internet Speed
    380 Mbps Fibre
Update:

Popped card in laptop (as per System 2). Said card needed formatting.

Card won't format - gets part-way through formatting then get message similar to "Windows could not complete the format"

Solution:

Card snapped in half and binned.

I guess I can now mark this thread as "solved"!

Art
It might have a lifetime waarranty so remove from bin and make a claim?
 

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It might have a lifetime waarranty so remove from bin and make a claim?
I looked into that when I was first aware of the formatting issue and as far as I remember, the warranty was 2 years (and card is older than that so a no-go).

Thanks for the suggestion though.

Art
 

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Partition Manager couldn't do it either.

Slowly came to the conclusion that the card was FUBAR'd so snapped in half and binned to preserve personal information.

When all is said and done, we're talking about a memory card that costs less than 20 GPB (approx 25 USD) so no great loss.

Thanks to everone for their input.

Art
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build 22631
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad T495s
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7Pro 3700U
    Memory
    16Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radion Vega 10 Mobile 2Gb
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    SK Hynix 2280 m.2 SSD, 512Gb or Crucial T500 m.2 SSD, 1Tb
    Internet Speed
    380 Mbps Fibre
It might have a lifetime waarranty so remove from bin and make a claim?
lifetime means lifetime of card not owner so is worthless lol.
 

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    Yep, Laptop has one.
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    16 GB
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