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Photobank PB 40 will not recognize SDHC card.

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SOURCE: I have a smartdisk PB40

sd cards up to 16G here

pb40 does not read sdhc cards.
more hdsc cards here (to 16G)

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I have a smartdisk PB40 digi photobank, I have just upgraded my camera which I am using with SDHC cards (can't find anyhwhere that has SD cards with a large memory 2gb the biggest) but my photobank...

sd cards up to 16G here

pb40 does not read sdhc cards.
more hdsc cards here (to 16G)

May 22, 2011 | SmartDisk PhotoBank PB40 40 GB USB 2.0...

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L'appareil model # PB 80 Il ne lit pas la carte mémoire sdhc Peut-on ajouter un appareil qui lui permetterait de lire ces cartes mémoires merci

The SmartDisk PhotoBank will not read cards above certain capacities (depending on the type of card). For example they will not read SDHC's etc.

If it won't read any cards (and it use to) then you may have a problem with your driver as I had such a problem. If this is the case please see below. (N.B. always best to back-up and/or create a restore point before updating drivers etc.)

This solved my related problem...and it may solve yours...please let me know if it does...

I had a similar problem (probably caused by deleting files within the device folders on my PC) and have searched tirelessly for a solution and had pretty much given up until I stumbled upon a link to the site below.

SmartDisk_FAT32_tool.exe (392.0KB).

(Sorry don't know how or indeed if 'allowed' to attach files etc.)

I was dubious at first with so many previous false dawns and especially with concerns about security. Although I can't personally vouch for the site, the link or the downloads integrity, McAfee gave the site and links a 'green' bill of health, the laptop is still functioning fine and as it should (nothing malicious detected by various security software such as McAfee and Spybot S&D etc and most importantly the SmartDisk PhotoBank is once again fully operational; all in an instant with no ill-effects or anything untoward occurring.



Jan 10, 2011 | SmartDisk PhotoBank USB Digital Dr 80 GB...

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What is the largest sd the pb80 will read?

I believe it is 4GB. Another user had a similar question in which he was not able to use an 8GB card but was able to use a 2GB and 4GB one. IF in doubt, the manufacturer will be able to give you this information.

Dec 20, 2010 | SmartDisk PhotoBank PB40 40 GB USB 2.0...

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A friend formated my Photobank PB40 and now It will not recieve the photos when I try to download them, what can I do

You cannot reformat using Windows or your card reader will not longer work. You need to use the Fat32 formatting tool. It's still available on the Verbatim website (They bought SmartDisk)
Select-Hardware Storage-Portable Drives. You should see a heading on the right for Downloads. Select the Verbatim Fat32 download tool. Download the tool. Connect your PhotoBank to your computer with the mini-USB cable and then run the Fat32 tool you just downloaded. Follow the prompts to reformat the PhotoBank. Your card reader and hard drive will be good as new.

Jun 25, 2010 | SmartDisk PhotoBank PB40 40 GB USB 2.0...

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SmartDisk turns on, has a blue light but shows no icons. I was in the process of copying from my camera. I turned on the SmartDisk, it showed a file icon and the HDD icon. I pressed copy and it...

I had the same problem but it felt like the drive was working. I took a chance, inserterd a 4GB CF card, and pressed the copy button. I hoped it would shut off after the copy was made due to the 30 second inactiviy timeout. After about 10 minutes, the blue backlight to turned off and it powered down. I plugged the Photobank into a laptop via USB cable and checked the original CF card files against the Photobank files. Success! All files were copied!

Jun 17, 2009 | SmartDisk PhotoBank PB40 40 GB USB 2.0...

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I have a Smartdisk PB80 PhotoBank

I have a pb80, and I found that it would not read SD above 2 g.
It reads a 2 g fine, but not a 4 g.
I also have a reader with the same problem. I replaced the reader with a different model, and it works fine. Planned obsolence.

Apr 26, 2009 | SmartDisk PhotoBank PB40 40 GB USB 2.0...

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Smartdisk photobank

Negitive... I had the same problem.  I had to borrow my friends PC to Format!  But guess what!  1 Year Later and with SmartDisk out of business I was able to go back and copy the software!  Sweet! Feel free to use it from my site:

Aug 26, 2008 | SmartDisk PhotoBank PB40 40 GB USB 2.0...

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Lossing firmware.because i format.digitalphotobank model PB#40 smartdisk

The Photobank must be formatted in FAT32 to work. If you formatted in any other format, go to

You will see a file on the right hand side... It is a short program that will reformat the drive in FAT32. Just follow the directions on the page

Hope this works for you/

Jun 29, 2008 | SmartDisk PhotoBank PB40 40 GB USB 2.0...

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Smart Disk Photobank #PB40

My smartdisc photobank lights up, but does not download and the icons dom not appear. However my computer does recognize it and shows me some of the files on it. Help

Nov 11, 2007 | SmartDisk PhotoBank PB40 40 GB USB 2.0...

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