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Sd card will not format

When sd card is inserted in the camera it says memory card cannot be read needs to be formatted.  When card is formatted it says the card is locked.  The white tab is in the unlocked position so it should be able to format the card.  any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

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  • hendo740 Oct 20, 2007

    update:  I was wrong about the white tab, going from memory cause I had no card, have a card now and the camera just keeps wanting to be formatted.  camera says memory card requires formatting I hit continue says formatting will delete everything on memory card I hit continue shows formatting with an hour glass go right back to asking memory card requires formatting

  • akubeejays Nov 13, 2007

    i have the same problem with a z712 IS . don't have a card reader at the moment. but i'll try to format it tomorrow

  • llwjrw03 Dec 12, 2007

    i have the exact same problem with my z712 and lexar 1gb card. it formatted on the computer and even worked in another camera but the z712 will not recognize the formats(FAT, FAT 32, OR NFTS).

  • Anonymous Nov 29, 2008

    I did what you suggested too kawika-56 and it did format the memory card on my laptop, however when I reinsert it into my Kodak Easy Share it says it still needs to be formatted, even though i just did it on the computer. The camera won't recognize it. So then I repeat the formatting on the camera and go through the process but it still just repeats itself telling me it needs to be formatted....WTHeck??

  • KTNick81 Dec 01, 2008

    I have the exact same problem with the exact same responses from my camera. I am trying to use a 4GB SD. The camera says it needs to be formatted. I click continue and then I get the response of all pics will be deleted when formatted. click ok. When I go to use it the response again is SD needs formatted.

  • pentro25 Dec 25, 2008


  • phatsss Mar 14, 2009

    Same problem, but im using the card to a cell phone. PC says that the card needs formating, i format and it says "windows is unable to format". quite same with the cell phone. I NEED HELP!

  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2009

    camera won't recognize my 4GB SDHC card.

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    SD card is unlocked

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    camera says card is lock whem it is unlocked



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The camera has a limit of a 2 GB card , its built into the camera hardware.

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Try formatting the SD on your computer. You will need a SD card reader.
Go to 'My Computer', right click on the card icon and select Format.
The rest is easy!

Posted on Nov 01, 2007



I Did that with the card reader and put the card into the camera it said card read error format again so we formatted just waiting to see how long we can take beautiful pictures before we lose them 2 the card saying the same thing again :(

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