Formatted SD card in camera, now only 1gb instead of 2gb! Need to repartition it!

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Ed Chilada, Jul 6, 2007.

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    Ed Chilada Guest

    I have a 2gb SD card which I use for general things. A few weeks ago I
    used it in my camera as a spare, and I formatted it using the camera
    to clear it. Back in my PC it seems that the camera created a 1gb
    partition and there's 1gb unused. The problem is, Windows Disk
    Manager, whilst it can see the partition, it won't touch it, delete
    it, resize it or anything. It seems it's of a type that it's not
    entirely familiar with.

    I've tried partition magic 8, but it doesn't seem to see USB drives at
    all. Anything else I can use?

    Ed Chilada, Jul 6, 2007
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    John Bean Guest

    Windows is brain dead with removeable disks like memory
    cards, it simply refuses to touch the partition table.

    I've had this exact problem a few years ago and used Linux
    fdisk booted from a live CD distro to zap the card and
    recreate a new FAT partition.

    It then re-formatted in XP to its proper capacity.
    John Bean, Jul 6, 2007
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    Dave Cohen Guest

    You can try this but it may not work. Download a trial version of
    bootitng from Make a boot media and boot. Do
    not try to install, but cancel into maintenance mode.
    There is is an option under settings to supply usb support. I need this
    since my bios won't recognize a flash drive. Here's the part I don't
    know. I can recognize and partition a usb flash drive. However, my
    system hangs on a card reader with a CF card installed until I remove.
    It may be a later bios wouldn't have this problem. If bootitng
    recognizes your card (it will show as drive 1 or higher depending on
    your number of hd's), you can partition and format. Just be careful.
    Dave Cohen
    Dave Cohen, Jul 6, 2007
  4. Why not update (or have updated) your BIOS then?
    Tzortzakakis Dimitrios, Jul 6, 2007
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    Tony Hwang Guest

    I did the same thing and when I put the card back into camera it said
    it needed a format so I did. All is well again. Camera is Lumix DMC-FZ20.
    Tony Hwang, Jul 6, 2007
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    ray Guest

    You might try the Gparted Live CD.
    ray, Jul 6, 2007
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    Dave Cohen Guest

    Can't find an update, machine is from e-machine and they don't supply.
    Phoenix site no-go. It's not really a problem, machine fine otherwise.
    Dave Cohen
    Dave Cohen, Jul 6, 2007
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    Ed Chilada Guest

    Cheers for all the help guys. It seems like I'm going to be trying one
    or more of those other OS. The link to the Windows program in the
    thread that Larry mentioned doesn't work anymore, sadly!

    Thanks again
    Ed Chilada, Jul 8, 2007
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    Ed Chilada Guest

    That worked fine! My 2GB SD card is 2GB again, and I shan't be
    formatting it in my camera ever again! Thanks very much everyone!
    Ed Chilada, Jul 13, 2007
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    John Bean Guest

    Glad you got an easy fix :)

    I don't recommend formatting a card with XP's usual
    formatter, it has its own problems. If you don't want to
    trust the camera you can trust this instead:

    Free, of course :)
    John Bean, Jul 13, 2007
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