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Old 04-15-2015, 01:04 AM   #1
batabuntu
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Can't format micro sd card


So I have 1 gb micro SD card made by Nokia and it just refuses to be formated.

I've tried many ways but it just won't completely format. This is what I've tried
  • ayy
  • did "diskpart" utility in Windows to remove protection by command "volume disk clear readonly" allowed to format once but doesn't compelely blank it
  • Tried the builtin "Disk Utility" to format but gave me an error, "Error synchronizing after initial wipe: Timed out waiting for object (udisks-error-quark, 0)"
  • Installed Gparted. Did simple rightlclick format to NTFS but it gave me an error "LVM not supported loop disk label"
  • Tried giving multipel commands, delete disk [makes it unallocated drive] create new ntfs Primary partion, gives me an error "too many primary partition"

I've attached the Gparted error log. [can't attach html, pasted the code]

What can I do now? It just keeps getting in its Nokia files back and wont leave FAT format, i want to make it NTFS so i can use it in the camera. It's not corrupted because I can paste files on to it on the desktop. Also its not locked by a physical button

Code:
GParted 0.19.0 --enable-libparted-dmraid --enable-online-resize

Libparted 3.2
Delete /dev/mmcblk0 (fat16, 968.75 MiB) from /dev/mmcblk0  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
     	
calibrate /dev/mmcblk0  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
     	
path: /dev/mmcblk0
start: 0
end: 1983999
size: 1984000 (968.75 MiB)
delete partition  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )

========================================
Create Primary Partition #1 (ntfs, 967.00 MiB) on /dev/mmcblk0  00:00:00    ( ERROR )
     	
create empty partition  00:00:00    ( ERROR )
libparted messages    ( INFO )
     	
Too many primary partitions.

========================================
Code:
GParted 0.19.0 --enable-libparted-dmraid --enable-online-resize

Libparted 3.2
Format /dev/mmcblk0 as ntfs  00:00:00    ( ERROR )
     	
calibrate /dev/mmcblk0  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
     	
path: /dev/mmcblk0
start: 0
end: 1983999
size: 1984000 (968.75 MiB)
clear old file system signatures in /dev/mmcblk0  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
     	
write 68.00 KiB of zeros at byte offset 0  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
write 4.00 KiB of zeros at byte offset 67108864  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
write 4.00 KiB of zeros at byte offset 1015803904  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
flush operating system cache of /dev/mmcblk0  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
set partition type on /dev/mmcblk0  00:00:00    ( ERROR )
libparted messages    ( INFO )
     	
The flag 'lvm' is not available for loop disk labels.

========================================

Last edited by batabuntu; 04-15-2015 at 01:06 AM.
 
Old 04-15-2015, 02:25 AM   #2
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that can mean damaged sd card, but of course I'm not really sure about that. You may try to use dd to clean up partition table (or more) and start over.
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-table-355182/
 
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:47 AM   #3
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To add some support for pan64's solution, I had some similar issues with a USB drive and my only successful solution was to buy a new USB drive.

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Old 04-15-2015, 10:04 AM   #4
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that can mean damaged sd card, but of course I'm not really sure about that. You may try to use dd to clean up partition table (or more) and start over.
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-table-355182/

If it was corrupted, I shouldn't be able to write and safe anything on it. Which I an do when working on the computer.

But not on the mobile phone or camera
 
Old 04-15-2015, 10:12 AM   #5
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If it was corrupted, I shouldn't be able to write and safe anything on it. Which I an do when working on the computer.

But not on the mobile phone or camera
I'm afraid that is simply not true. It depends on the type of the error. Probably you can read the device, but cannot write it. Probably there is an unreadable/inaccessible part which cause no problem as long as you have not tried to access it.
 
Old 04-15-2015, 10:14 AM   #6
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I'm afraid that is simply not true. It depends on the type of the error. Probably you can read the device, but cannot write it. Probably there is an unreadable/inaccessible part which cause no problem as long as you have not tried to access it.
that happened to me with a usb with an over-sensitive s.m.a.r.t. controller. i now use it as a drive to pull a few movies from.
 
Old 04-15-2015, 01:36 PM   #7
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Usually you use the cameras built in formatting command to set up cards for use in them.
If it still doesn't want to work use dd to clear the partition table, & then reinitialise the card by putting a new mbr on it.
 
Old 04-15-2015, 11:41 PM   #8
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Usually you use the cameras built in formatting command to set up cards for use in them.
If it still doesn't want to work use dd to clear the partition table, & then reinitialise the card by putting a new mbr on it.
Hey I did that many times and it says operation carried out successfully. But later the SD card reverts back itself to 'factory setting'. Their is always two Nokia folders in it.

I tried formatting it via the camera's operation, but it freezes.

Going to give up.
 
  


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