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Micro SD card is write protected, but can't seem to reformat it

I'm trying to load files onto a new 8 GB blackberry micro sd card (via an adapter and a Dynex 6 in 1 reader). I've got a MacBook, and when it the icon goes on my desktop, it says "no name." When I click on "more info" it is clear that the disk is read only, and formatted for MS-DOS (FAT 32).

My card reader user guide says that I may need to reformat the card on a pc to be just FAT or FAT 16. But when I try to do that, I'm not given the option to change the format, the only thing in the pull down menu is FAT 32.

Is formatting my problem or is it something else? I'd like to be able to put music, podcasts and photos on my card (since itunes won't sync via Pocket Mac)

(Probably not relavent, but interesting is it says it was created and modified Monday, December 31, 1979. What's that about?)

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  • isuteacher Sep 15, 2009

    Thanks. You're right, when I used a pc to try and format the disk, FAT, or FAT 16 was not even an option. So I guess that means I'm stuck with my 2 GB disk? And I can never add anything manually to the disk, because I'm a mac user? That doesn't seem right! All I want to be able to do, is drag songs/podcasts to the disk, because Blackberry doesn't offer software for Macs to do this via a synch tool. :(

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You might try formatting it with a windows pc. Sometimes devices have problems with cards formatted by Mac. Even when it is formatted to a FAT file system. On a side note I don't believe that Macs will format to Fat 16 anymore. (Macs use a different file system that windows altogether). You may also check the card to make sure that there isn't a manual read only switch. (It would show a picture of a small lock next to a tiny switch on the card)

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