32GB SDHC card not showing full capacity

August 24, 2010 at 14:06:09
Specs: Windows Vista
I resonantly bought a 32GB micro sd card. When I first put it into my pc it showed about 10GB free and about 20GB used but showed no files on the card. I then formatted the card to try to clear it. Now it shows 0KB used and only 114MB free space. I have tried formatting again but with no joy, please help as I am now stuck for ideas.


See More: 32GB SDHC card not showing full capacity

Report •

August 24, 2010 at 17:11:00
I'd look at it with the disk management snap in for the computer management mmc.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

Report •

August 24, 2010 at 17:34:29
It's also quite possible that it came bad out of the box. Try what Jefro said and see if you can get more info, but if it is brand new, don't waste too much time on it. Take it back and get a new one.

Report •

August 24, 2010 at 19:04:36
My guess is the card reader doesn't know how to handle such a big card. I used to have an old external reader that couldn't handle more than 2GB. It screwed up every 4+GB card I gave it (but not permanently; reformatting the cards in a newer reader fixed them).

Super PIII | Unlocked ES Tualatin @ 1.8GHz (150x12, 1.65v, 512K L2)
2GB PC2700 | 500GB | Radeon x1950Pro | Apollo Pro 266T | Win 7 Pro

Report •

Related Solutions

August 25, 2010 at 11:37:24
Thanks for your help but the disk management is not showing any partition or faults on the card and I'm not sure if sending it back is an option because it was bought on ebay from Vietnam. I'll try it in a friends card reader and see if I have any luck that way.

Thanks again.

Report •

August 27, 2010 at 09:10:18
Dude...who was the seller? I got the same thing with 32GB SD card bought from eBay last week coming from Vietnam!!!

preparing negative feedback...;)

Report •

August 27, 2010 at 10:22:52
The seller was "sendtter556". I noticed someone bought about 5 of them aswell, I bet they're gutted.

Report •

August 27, 2010 at 11:29:08
What are you plugging the card into to read it ?
If it's an external card reader that you connect to a USB port, the reader may not work properly unless it's plugged into a port that's built into the mboard. The reader may not work properly when plugged into a USB port on the front of a desktop case, or when it's plugged into a port in multiple port USB hub that plugs into one USB port, or if the USB cable you're using with it did not come with the reader.

Report •

August 27, 2010 at 11:48:27
It's a card reader connected direct to the mother board.

Report •

August 27, 2010 at 12:52:34
" It's a card reader connected direct to the mother board."

Is this computer a laptop or netbook and the card slot is built into in the base of the computer, in which case it IS directly connected to the mboard, or is the card slot on the front of a desktop case, in which case it connects to a USB header on the mboard via wiring inside the case ? If the latter, did that come with the new system, or was it installed afterward ?

Report •

August 27, 2010 at 13:02:48
Ye sorry, its a desktop pc with the card slots built into the front of the case. It was like that when I bought it. Is this a problem? Any ideas on how to solve this?

Report •

August 27, 2010 at 19:04:39
"...its a desktop pc with the card slots built into the front of the case. It was like that when I bought it. Is this a problem? "

It can be. Sometimes the wiring between the card slot(s) circuits and the USB header it connects to on the mboard is inadequate, more likely if it's an el-cheapo case.

(The same may apply to wiring for front USB ports, especially if they're further up on a tower case rather than near the bottom, and the USB ports farther up may actually be a multiple port USB hub connected to the pins for only one USB port on the mboard USB header, rather than each USB port being connected to the pins for one USB port on the mboard header, as most front USB ports near the bottom are.)

Do you have other memory cards that you're supposed to be able to read in the front slots ? E.g. (a) card(s) used in a digital camera.
If you do, does it / do they read properly ?
If it does / they do, then there's nothing wrong with the wiring.

If you unplugged the card while Windows was running without clicking on the Safely Remove Hardware icon, and STOPping accessing the drive, you may have damaged data on the card.

In any case, you may need to repair data damage on the card by using a program meant for that.

Troubleshooting USB device problems including for flash drives, external drives, memory cards.
See Response 1:


By the way, what is the 32gb memory card meant to be used for - what is printed on it ?

Some memory cards meant to be used in certain models of certain camera brands are partitioned and formatted an oddball way. E.g. some cards meant to be used in some Olympus models.
They read okay in the operating system if the partitioning / formatting hasn't been messed with, but if you format them in the operating system, you get an oddball result. You're only supposed to format them using certain camera model's built in format program.

E.g. Olympus Smart Media cards.


Mend your SmartMedia card and make it Olympus Panoramic compatible
If your SmartMedia card doesn't work in your Olympus camera anymore then it's probably because you used your PC to delete some files off it, to write to it, or to format it. Sometimes the formatting gets corrupted if you didn't dismount the card correctly too

Not sure if this works for all but.......I formatted my burnt SM cards in my PoGo Ripflash MP3 player, put the card back in my camera and boom...they work again. Still a huge pain but at least its portable

Restore Smart Media cards, using a Hex Editor.

Report •

August 30, 2010 at 22:12:44
I had the exact same thing happen on ebay. I bought from gounvt4632 located in vietnam.

Report •

August 31, 2010 at 05:46:24
You may have a fake SD card - one that has been altered to display a larger capacity than it actually has. Sometimes they are manufacturers rejects as well. This is quite common for cards from eBay, particularly for the larger sizes and for sellers in the orient.

Report •

September 6, 2010 at 16:59:55
I purchased a 32GB Micro SD Card with adapter from a Ebay seller from vietnam and paid promptly.
Lost 35 US$.
The guy has zero feedback and Ebay warned me that this could be a fake transaction, but by then i had paid the money.
I received a Kingston SD card with 32 Gb printed on it, but when you format the same for use it shows 114mb.
I filed a case for refund.

Report •

Ask Question