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SD/TF card error..

While my brother was playing the DS suddenly hung. When he tried to turn it back on again it said SD/TF card error..
Everytime we try to turn it on that's the only thing that come up.
By the way we are using an R4 with a 1GB Toshiba MicroSD.
I read somewhere that you have to reformat it. Please teach me how to.
Thanks

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  • MikeeE20 Jun 03, 2008

    hey, i got that problem.. but i tried that, right clicking to format
    it, but turning it on, on my DS, is still the same.. saying SD.TF error
    ='(

    please try help me

    many thanks

    btw, it says: windows was unable to complete the format, when i right clicked to format, and tried to format it


  • Caroline Wallace
    Caroline Wallace Jun 28, 2008

    mine also says that and it had my best and favourite game on it.







    NINTENDOGS!

  • josephgreenl Aug 12, 2008

    it not working

  • Anonymous Oct 30, 2008

    sd/tf comes up and i cant fix it!!does that mean all my games and progress is lost??

  • LatBrat Jan 14, 2009

    my Nintendo reads SD/TF card error whenever it is turned on

  • janicebell19 Jan 20, 2009

    plz plz help daughter is devastated she got ds an r4 card for xmas all of a sudden she turned ds on last nite an now cumin up with sd/tf card error can anyone plz help me fix this. thnx

  • lauramc87 Feb 02, 2009

    I have the same problem mine was coming up with an error, so i followed the instructions to format now my DS says 'Couldn't find_MENU.DAT' Some one please help my daughter is devastated. Thanx

  • seaninskibb Feb 09, 2009

    Same here! my r4 ds thing never worked. i got it today and it always says SD/TF card error! its driving me mental. HELP!!!

  • AMINAKURDI Mar 14, 2009

    I'M GOING BONKERS !!! I HV THE SAME PROBLAM

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2009

    When i turn on my ds a sign comes up saying SD/TF card error and i dont know how to fix it

  • ews9925 Apr 06, 2009

    i can join u all i'm using a R4 withe a 2gb getting the same message on 2 ds's 1 original and 1 light i normally use the ds lite but now can't use either so is the R4 the problem

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2009

    every time i put the r4 card in my ds and turn it on it comes up with sd/tf error

  • kakamigerald Apr 19, 2009

    when i was playing pokemon. I closed it and wanted to play another game. When i opened it, it said sd/tf card error. I went on my mac and formatted it and the same problem happened.

  • Anonymous May 01, 2009

    Ya I got the same prob

  • josephgreenl May 11, 2010

    When i formated it, it didnt work.

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To format the card is pretty simple really, all you have to do is:-

make sure your card is plugged in with the p.c same as you drag and drop
go to my computer
look for where your flash drive is
dont click into it, right click it
a little list will show
go to format
then click start (dont use quick format)

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Download sd formatter 2 from Panasonic run then restore your data from your backup. It fixed my problem

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Hey, i got that problem.. but i tried that, right clicking to format it, but turning it on, on my DS, is still the same.. saying SD.TF error ='(

please try help me

many thanks

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  • MikeeE20 Jun 03, 2008

    btw, it says: windows was unable to complete the format, when i right clicked to format, and tried to format it

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Formateer dat ding

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Hoe kan je een opllosing van ds als er sd/tf card error staat

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Jack dye if you format it doesnt all the data go

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Ok you have to format it and then download the kernel without the kernel it doesnt work

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