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By losborn, Member on 24th January 2007, 04:38 AM
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I decided to replace the 512 MB card in my Cingular 8525 with a 2 GB card. When I put the 512 card in its adaptor, the PC read the directory, showed a FAT format, but would not copy/read/or otherwise manipulate any of the files. I plugged the card back into the 8525 and found that it couldn't even see it. Giving up on any kind of file recovery, I tried to reformat it in the PC, but then IT couldn't detect the card! After I played with it awhile, I finally got it to start the format process, but it always failed just before the "green line got to the end" and, after several attempts, it reported "disk cannot be formatted."

Is there any way I can save this card, or is it a (VERY small) boat anchor?
24th January 2007, 05:13 PM |#2  
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I've seen yesterday in the Sandisk site and somebody told me that they have some kind of software tool (file recover, unformat, etc.), that's very capable, unfortunately it is not free, there's a trial version (does not allow to save any files). Sofware's name is "Rescue Pro", if you can get yourself a copy you might give it a try.

Another thing about an SD (in my experience), I'm talking about a Verbatim 512MB SD, i borrow it to a friend, when he was giving it back, just cancelled all his things up, stopped the card reader (from XP), extracted the SD and it was dead, fortunately I had kept my proof of purchase and they (Verbatim) exchanged it with a new one (in europe the warranty is at least 2 year long), they asked me to send it to Ireland to check if it could be recovered and within three weeks (just because there was christmas in the middle) I got a new one back.

hope this helps
24th January 2007, 05:47 PM |#3  
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Try putting it in a Digital Camera with SD Slot (put in SD Adapter first;))
Then format it via your Digital Camera

Or

Download VaioSoft Recovery Manager and try to format with that one

http://vaiosoft.com/products/recoverymanager.htm

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24th January 2007, 06:15 PM |#4  
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that link is not working please post another link for that software
24th January 2007, 10:05 PM |#5  
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Lightbulb What PQI support suggests
I´ve had trouble with PQI miniSD cards, so I asked support from PQI on corrupted files, this is their answer in order to check if the card is damaged or not and includes several tips on using memory cards, it´s alittle bit long to read, but maybe it worths, so here it goes:

Some hints of using flash memory cards

1. Do NOT remove the memory card while it is operating, otherwise it may be
damaged.
2. Do NOT turn off the device, while the operation of writing /reading is
not completed.
3. When the battery power of system is low, do not write to the memory card to prevent loss of data.
4. Make sure the device (card reader/phone/camera/pda/camcorder) has finished reading/writing to the card before you take another shot/turn it off or the data will be corrupt/lost and the card will be damaged. You can tell by the device indicator light where it flashes when it is reading and writing to the card. Wait until the indicator light is off and stops flashing before you take another shot/turn the device off or remove the card/drive.


Before you continue, please make sure you have a reader that can read and write to 2GB card properly. DO NOT use in built-in reader on laptop and desktop, or old readers made 2 years or longer ago, because these readers can only use up to 1GB card. I recommend using it in external USB 2.0 reader that is made within 1 year ago.

If you do not have such reader, then connect the device (gps/camera/pda/camcorder) to the computer with USB cable and the card inserted and if works you should see new drive letters show up under My Computer.
Otherwise, if used in devices that do not support the 2GB card, the card will be damaged.


Please try the following troubleshooting guide first and see if it can solve the problem. Try one step at a time. If one works, then you can stop trying. You don't need to try all of them.
The following guide will erase all the data on the drive/card. So make sure you backup your data first before you try the steps below:


1. First, remove the card/drive from your computer.

Download the low level format tool below to your computer.

http://hddguru.com/download/software....2.36.1181.exe
Install the program into your computer.
You should see a new icon called "Hard Disk Low Level Format Tool".
a. Insert the card/drive and run the program.
IMPORTANT!!! MAKE SURE YOU SELECT THE CORRECT DISK OR YOUR COMPUTER MAY NOT START LATER!!!
It should shows as BUS: USB. Select the BUS: USB. Also check the size and make sure.
If you don't see BUS: USB, that means the card is unreadable and need to be replaced. In this case, please STOP here and close the program and DO NOT continue below.
b. Then click Continue->Low Level Format->Format this Device.
c. Wait for a few minutes until it finish successfully with a message of asking you to partition and format it. (if you see formatting error, you can stop the formatting and the card needs to be replaced.)
d. Flash Card:
Put the card back to your device (camera/phone/pda/camcorder) and then use the format utility in the device to format the card.

Please let me know your test results. Thanks.

Reference: Program homepage

http://hddguru.com/content/en/softwa...l-Format-Tool/

2. Please go to the site below:
http://www.sdcard.org/Downloads.aspx
Please try to download the software sdfv2000.exe (for windows only) and the manual for your reference.

Install the sdfv2000.exe in your computer, then insert the card into the card reader (if you do not have reader, you can try to connect your device to the computer with USB cable) and then run it:

a. Check the drive letter and also the size and make sure it is the correct card.
b. Click Option:
Format Type: Full Erase ON
Format Size Adjustment: ON
c. Click OK, then click Format. Wait until it finish.
d. You will be prompted to remove the card after it finish. Then go ahead and insert it in your (camera/pda/camcorder etc) and see.

16. T-mobile MDA (cannot format 2GB mini SD card)

Please install the software below to your phone (you can download the free trial):
http://www.pdatopsoft.com/PocketPC/S...air-and-Format

Then use the Storage Tools software above to format the card and see.
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25th January 2007, 05:43 AM |#6  
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does this method also apply on mini sd and mmc rs dv cards?????
25th January 2007, 06:21 AM |#7  
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Wink Actually this was given for miniSD´s
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Originally Posted by Awais

does this method also apply on mini sd and mmc rs dv cards?????

I assume that this applies to all types of SD cards, I don´t know about the others.
25th January 2007, 07:00 AM |#8  
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that link is not working please post another link for that software

http://vaiosoft.com

goto recovery manager

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25th January 2007, 05:38 PM |#9  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by luiggi

I assume that this applies to all types of SD cards, I don´t know about the others.

is there any technical differnece between mmc and sd cards???/


cuz we can also use mmc or rs dv cards in htc devices but sd card is not useable for nokia and other mmc supported sets
26th January 2007, 02:33 AM |#10  
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Thanks for all of the input! I tried formating it with my camera with no success, then took the easy way out: I took it back where I bought it and got it replaced.

I'm filing this information away for next time, though! Thanks again.
30th January 2007, 06:04 PM |#11  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Awais

is there any technical differnece between mmc and sd cards???/


cuz we can also use mmc or rs dv cards in htc devices but sd card is not useable for nokia and other mmc supported sets

SD cards where made to improve the lack of speed of MMC cards, also they include the writing protection/lock, it is the small switch you see in one side of the SD.
Also, SD cards are slightly different from MMCs phisically, SDs are thicker than MMCs (that's why you cannot put them in a Nokia phone), the electrical specs should by backwards compatible (aside from phisycal differences).
Recently some updatings/improvements have been done to MMC specs, they claim to be the fastest memory card technology available, there are MMC plus, etc.

I know all these things that I read recently (I just can't remember where).
hope this info can be used, and one last thing is that information on this subject can be found easily on the net, it's juest a matter of look for it, personally I like a lot an electronics web site: www.epanorama.net
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