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Formatting an SD disk

I bought a Sandisk SD card 1 GB and put it into my camera straight from the packaging. I then took about 15 pictures and wanted to put them into my computer. The computer asks me every time if I want to format the disk and I say yes and then it says it can't do it, therefore I can't get my photos onto my computer. I've never had this problem with my other SD cards. It makes me mad. It won't let me even see the photo files or anything.


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  • roger c Jun 13, 2008

    The camera is not recognizing the sd card. I cannot take a picture because my internal memory is full. I need to know how to format an sd card. My camera is the Kodak M863 digital.

  • lori_wittman Feb 22, 2009

    my sandisk memory card for my husband and I's cell phones are working. when I try to put them into a card reader to download pics. andmusic onto them it asks me if i want to format the disk and I say yes then it comes back and says you can't format it. i am very upset over this due to the fact that we just bought them about a month ago. What do I have to do to get this card to format on my computer???




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Try to your computer management by right click on my computer icon then click manage then look for disk management. If you can see your removable drive exist, please right click then explore it.

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