SDHC Card HELP please Anyone

12 replies
Found 7th May 2009
Hi All,

I have a 16Gb SDHC class 6 card that I partitioned as follows (Which i dont think has that much to do with it but anyway)

10Gb Fat32 so i could dump files on it so WindowsXP & Ubuntu (Linux) cuold see it
6Gb Was for Ubuntu and was split how Grub wanted to split it for Ubuntu

I then decided I wanted Ubuntu on a USB stick instead and have the 16Gb SD card as 1 16Gb drive.

So when I deleted the Partion and formated the drive I can now no longer move larger files to it. It starts copying them and then in normal time then the file stops moving and the time just goes up and up.

I had a similar problem after Linux done something to a SD card before, and someone from work fixed it for me, but i cant ask him now anyone know a good program that will help me????

I think i remember him saying it was something that GRUB (LINUX) had done to a part of the SD card that windows does not see easily.

Please someone help me

P.S. I do nto have a linux Machine ATM, and am not that good with it just learning, so Windows options would be good as i know that very well lol

12 Comments

Have you formatted the 16gb drive as FAT32?

Original Poster

spann3rs;5149232

Have you formatted the 16gb drive as FAT32?



Yes, I used Disk Managment (In XP) to delete the partision and then formatted it as FAT32. Which works but just cant copy larger files to it like i could before. I think I am going to need a Linux expert maybe (like the bloke from work)


Anyone please?

Chuckles1001;5149302

Yes, I used Disk Managment (In XP) to delete the partision and then … Yes, I used Disk Managment (In XP) to delete the partision and then formatted it as FAT32. Which works but just cant copy larger files to it like i could before. I think I am going to need a Linux expert maybe (like the bloke from work) :(Anyone please?



FAT32 is limited to files
If the option is not showing, right click the drive in 'My Computer', click 'Properties' then 'Policies' and select 'Optimize for Performance' Then format as normal, selecting NTFS...

Grub is just a bootloader for Linux. That wouldn't have caused any issues.

J

when you say large what size do you mean > as above post fat32 only really allows 3.99 gig (in single file)

if you mean larger than this then yeah fat32 is your problem if however you say 2 gig etc then something else is going on

Original Poster

spann3rs;5149462

FAT32 is limited to files If the option is not showing, right click the … FAT32 is limited to files If the option is not showing, right click the drive in 'My Computer', click 'Properties' then 'Policies' and select 'Optimize for Performance' Then format as normal, selecting NTFS...Grub is just a bootloader for Linux. That wouldn't have caused any issues. J



I have tried this and it will not finish the format i just get the msg "Unable to finish format" Grub gave me so many problems (Worse then any XP Program but thats a different story lol) I know its a bootloader, the problem was the bootloader was on the SD card, and windows can not see the boot sector apparently, grub just seems to muck my things up

Some windows formating programmes fotmat Fat32 over 4Gb

dontasciime;5149515

when you say large what size do you mean as above post fat32 only … when you say large what size do you mean > as above post fat32 only really allows 3.99 gig (in single file)if you mean larger than this then yeah fat32 is your problem if however you say 2 gig etc then something else is going on



The SD card is 16Gb it formats the 16Gb card and i cant copy files that are 350Mb which i could before.
I dont mind what file system i have on the SD card as long as XP and Linux can both read it, and I can get 350~800Mb files on it.

I could write and read 800Mb files off of the 10Gb partision before I deleted the the partitions and made one big 16Gb drive now I cant get anything on there

Last time it happened with a smaller card 2Gb I think, my mate from work had to do something lower level then a format as the format would not get rid of things that Linux (Grub) did to the boot sector i think???

try formatting from disk management eg right click my computer /manage etc

edit you already tried that though,,, do you get the same error msg from that bit or just from right clicking card and choosing format

google.co.uk/sea…ta=

take it back to your mate then stop messing on till you can use linux ?>

Original Poster

dontasciime;5150951

try formatting from disk management eg right click my computer /manage … try formatting from disk management eg right click my computer /manage etcedit you already tried that though,,, do you get the same error msg from that bit or just from right clicking card and choosing formathttp://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&safe=off&newwindow=1&q=Unable+to+finish+format+on+sdhc+&meta=take it back to your mate then stop messing on till you can use linux ?>‌



Cheek!!!

Yes I tried that, I wish i could have taken it back to my mate we dont work together anymore lol

I am learnign Linux and am getting ok at it *But* I dont get on with GRUB at all, nothing but problems (dual boot will never try to let it do it again and will not go on a rant or ill never stop lol

I finially fixed it in Windows Whoo
I tried lots of things and ways to delete partitions and formatting without any luck, I could have maybe fixed it in Linux but want a clean machine to do it on, as Grub keeps breaking windows when i try dual boot, and thats the way I would have done it lol

I finally fixed it with a program called "HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool" which was the only thing that seemed to do a propper format and makes it work, now i can watch things on the long train jouney tomorrow

Thanks and rep added for being so cheeky

Original Poster

Also just looked at your link and cant beleave so many people get this problem and think they have bricked there SD cards, I would have thought the same if a mate did not tell me it was linux, and so many other people have had Linux doing the same thing.

I know they should (Me included) should know how to use it but this is why linux can not be mainstreme still, as Joe common can still break thigns very easily, i mean i did was deleted the partition and tried fotmatting the card. For me Linux is ok but GRUB is SH*T lol

creating partitions on flash memory can be very dodgy as you have seen. Some of the flash pens have special tools to remove partitions like the ones given out at colleges / road shows etc with 2 parts those are a nightmare.LOL doable with the manufacturers util to wipe them if you look for clues with chipset etc.

glad you got it sorted and took the cheek in the way it was meant a bit of fun.

Original Poster

Cheers and you have to take a joke as it is meant, and most people on here are hlepful (like yourself) I dont mind cheek with a smile, its the A*seholes who are just big headed Bar-Stu-ards and want to feel all high and mighty i have a problem with.

thanks again. and maybe one i will get a good well working Dual boot system going lol

Chuckles1001;5158389

Cheers and you have to take a joke as it is meant, and most people on … Cheers and you have to take a joke as it is meant, and most people on here are hlepful (like yourself) I dont mind cheek with a smile, its the A*seholes who are just big headed Bar-Stu-ards and want to feel all high and mighty i have a problem with.thanks again. and maybe one i will get a good well working Dual boot system going lol




Good luck :thumbsup:

Have you tried using LILO, I have used this written to the MBR on a normal disk drive and its worked fine for me.

If your wanting to learn linux take a good look at slackware.

Ubunto, Kubunto and the likes are too simple for the end user. Get into the nitty gritty early and you will get far!

J
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