Solved Devices don't detect micro sd card after failed formatting

August 28, 2017 at 07:42:35
Specs: Windows 10
I got a second hand 16GB micro SD card from a friend. I put it in my laptop and did a quick format but once it was complete I decided that I rather wanted the other format option which takes longer. While the SD card was formatting I stupidly restarted my laptop after which the micro SD card was neither detected by my phone nor laptop. I have tried using third party formatting software but the SD card is still not detected.

My question is, is the SD card broken or is there a way to format without the laptop detecting the SD card? Or are there programs that could detect the SD card?

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August 30, 2017 at 10:05:28
As best I know if the card isn't detected then no way... As it's a used card who truly knows how olde it is nor how often it's been erased etc...?

Even if you managed to recover it some manner I wouldn't trust - or rely on - it...

I would cut my losses and dispose of it as previous...



#1
August 28, 2017 at 07:53:10
Does it not show in disk manager?

As I understand it, until a device (hard drive/sd-card/usb-stick) is formatted (properly) it will not show up anywhere other than in disk manager?

http://www.disk-partition.com/windo...


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August 29, 2017 at 02:55:09
try formatting the card whilst it's inside the camera or phone that you intend to use the card with.

If not detected in camera or phone, or it won't format, bin that card and buy a new one.

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August 29, 2017 at 08:37:00
Thanks trvlr for your response.
The only thing that comes up other than my HDD and CD-ROM is FNK TECH&Prod USB CARD READER SD which is a Kolitron card reader. It's capacity, unallocated and reserved space are all 0MB. I don't think the card reader is the problem seeing as it worked before the formatting failed and my smartphone also doesn't pick up the SD card.

Is there perhaps a way to attach images to a post?

Phil22, my smartphone doesn't detect an SD card so do you think the card is completely broken or just too much of a hassle to fix?

Thanks

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#4
August 29, 2017 at 09:35:54
I think at this stage I'd be inclined along the lines of phil and simply replace it. Before you do throw it away.. physically first break it - just in-case "someone/anyone" acquires it and manages to get into it - with whatever software. Breaking it physically ensures anything on it is gone and irretrievable.

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August 30, 2017 at 07:03:41
Okay. Does anyone know what could have caused it to break or do these sort of things just happen to old SD cards? I'm still determined to try and fix it if it is still possible, so if anyone has any more ideas I would appreciate them ;)

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August 30, 2017 at 07:18:22
They do age; and like all solid state storage devices have a limited number of write/rewrites (formatting included) before they fail (including SSD now more or less standard in many computers). SD-cards/flash drives have a reputation too for failing at almost any time; which is why they are not advised for serious storage. They were intended as portable storage for transfer of files between locations/devices; rather than long term/archiving.

Per chance - have you tried it in another computer? No reason to suggest why it might be detected and thus possible to format it that way - but who knows (only The Shadow knows...)?


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August 30, 2017 at 07:54:45
Thanks trvlr. Is there by any chance a way to force an SD card reader to write a format even though an SD card isn't detected? Or is there a program that could do this?

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August 30, 2017 at 10:05:28
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As best I know if the card isn't detected then no way... As it's a used card who truly knows how olde it is nor how often it's been erased etc...?

Even if you managed to recover it some manner I wouldn't trust - or rely on - it...

I would cut my losses and dispose of it as previous...


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August 31, 2017 at 11:43:20
Okay, thanks for all your replies. I really appreciate it.

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August 31, 2017 at 12:52:36
Incidentally, I have two usb flash drive with identical data on them; both Kingston make but different vintages...

One of them has just failed; or at least is failing as some of the contents (all jpegs open OK and some partially or even just a mess of pixels. Even one that opened one minute won't the next; and another that only partially displayed may do better next time, or even worse... Fortunately I have all the images on an NAS and a back drive to that...


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