How can I rescue an NTFS-formatted SDHC card?

Peltier Cooler March 12, 2010
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I bought a 16 GB SDHC card and attempted to load the wiki database onto it. It wouldn’t go; turns out the SDHC card is FAT32 formatted and can only accept 4 GB or smaller files. I reformatted the SDHC card to NTFS using Windows XP’s format tool, and now the card is no longer visible to Windows and therefore a complete brick. Can anyone help me with this?

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  1. Aibek
    March 13, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Do you see the card in the 'Disk Managmement' menu?

    Control Panel -> Administrative Tools - > Computer Management -> Disk Management

    • Peltier C
      March 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm

      Yes.

      • Aibek
        March 18, 2010 at 6:10 am

        Hi Peltier

        I researched the issue on the web and found a couple of suggestion from the folks who had same/similar issue.

        See, http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/11414-28-card-reader-card-write-protected

        Scroll down to a comment by cobee10 that says:

        "put a piece of tape over the switch on the sd card and it will work."

        There are couple of other suggestions below it as well.

        Let us know how it goes

        Aibek

  2. Steve Campbell
    March 13, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Peltier Cooler,

    Maybe the SD Formatter can help you. Check it out:

    http://www.sdcard.org/consumers/formatter/

    • Peltier C
      March 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks, Steve. I have tried this, and it reports that my SD card is write-protected. The little switch is not in the "Lock" position, though (I tried it in the "Lock" position, too. Nothing).