SD cards are hard to format
I started another thread over my misadventures trying to format an SD card. It was in Windoze. Would NOT format or be properly recognized by the system. There is a card formatter available from the Panasonic website. It is a Doze app, and it works for the most part, but I couldn't make it work on the 2 Gb card I got at MicroCenter Mall.
Lots of posts on the subject, you will see tons if you Google it. And the readme file that comes with the software is a pretty decent source of information. Anyway, one of the things I read is that if the card is recognized as removable media by Windoze, you will not be able to format it. I was having that problem. It froze Doze a lot, especially Explorer.
I booted into my Mepis installation to see what Linux might do. I have a 6 in 1 reader, but I am pretty sure it is not up-to-date. If not, that is a possible issue. Still, it normally does most of what I want, but Mepis didn't recognize that there was a disk or a USB device (as long as that card was in the reader). It reads everything else, like the CF card in that reader that I used in both Doze and Mepis. That is the type of card that came with my camera. But back to the point, I couldn't get an SD card read or formatted in Windows or Linux. But at least it didn't freeze Mepis up. Anyway, I rebooted a few times in all this and then Mepis was completely wiped off my computer. Not sure what caused it or how it happened, or if it was even related to my screwing around with that flash card. Anyway, that is what that other post is about, and I will do you a favor and not link to it. No one answered my ramblings anyhow.
I guess I will go post there that I finally got Mepis reinstalled and my 3 Doze partitions (all one XP install) are back up with no data loss.
But SD cards are bad poopie. Most posts I read said that you could use them in Doze if you had a device that used them (like a camera). Then you format with that device. It seems Doze will take it then. And if that works, I guarantee you Linux will also be able to read it as well. I don't know if there is any procedure to get them working straight off in Linux, though.
Edited to remove an extra word in a sentence (I originally said "Then you use format with that device.")
Last edited by Bill Gatz; 04-27-2007 at 08:37 PM.