Diskwriter won't reformat SD Card

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  1. Potato Paste
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    I tried reformatting my Micro SD card (in disk writer )to try to change the card back into NTFS but windows will not show the card back again. Tried using partition wizard after reformat and card is shown as bad drive. Removing and reinserting the card back into the computer brings me back to step one. Additionally, I cannot add or remove games at all on the current SD card. The current games on the card can be played on the 3DS though. I tried 2 SD card readers still no difference. Reformatting it in other devices shows the card as locked. Is there anyway to save this SD card?
     
  2. Osmosis

    Osmosis Accidents Happen. Don't be one of them.

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    Go get EaseUS Partition Master (from filehippo for free)

    Open EPM and find your SD card.

    DELETE PARTITION

    DELETE MBR

    APPLY CHANGES

    CLOSE

    Now OPEN Diskwriter

    SELECT YOUR DRIVE WITH UNFORMATTED mSD

    FORMAT

    CHANGE TEMPLATE (get latest templateXXXX.txt file)

    WRITE GAME


    If you don't want to use it in Sky3DS/Diskwriter anymore, after using EPM, just format it using windows. Set to defaults when you do.

    If all else fails, did you use OPTIMIZER in Diskwriter? Try restoring the BACKUP file to the entire card. Still no luck?

    Try using a USB adapter not an SD card slot adapter. Some vendors ship it with one. Or you can get really crafty (like moi) and put the mSD into an SD adapter into an SD USB adapter. (these things are really handy if you can find one. great for both mSDs and SDs that you need to use on your 3DS)

    Cross fingers.

    Post results.
     
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    It didn't work. I got some error saying that operations could not be completed. However, the problem here was the SD card reader. I was using a USB hub (it was working fine) and then updated the firmware and everything went lock protected from there. I didn't think it was the SD card reader because I also tried another one. Everything was able to be read but not written. And then I tried a 3rd reader from your suggestion and it worked perfectly again. Thanks!

    Someone should also add this to some sort of Diskwriter guide
     
  4. Osmosis

    Osmosis Accidents Happen. Don't be one of them.

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    If I get bored enough... might even do a whole Sky3DS Ultimate Guide. (not by myself of course)

    It's funny that Diskwriter keeps having USB hub problems. You're not the first one.

    I think it has something to do with the disk selection during startup. They should look into that for their next SkyDW version.

    Glad you found the problem.

    NOW GO PLAY SOME GAMES!!!!! :grog:

    (If you ever want some pokemonzterz friend me. My code is in my sig below)
     
  5. Potato Paste
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    I think I might have spoken to early. One SD card doesn't want to be ReFormatted or anything. After being reformatted and formatted multiple times it stays the same. All the games that were there don't get deleted. Game saves on the card don't save either. I tried the formatting process with at least 5 microSD card adapters and one micoSD->full SD->USB this time. I even tried doing a Live Boot with Partition Wizard to delete all the partitions but it just freezes. Even the EaseUS Partition Master reboot thing does nothing. It stays the same. It is as if it cannot be written or deleted. I even tried formatting it with mutiple cameras and an android tablet. Any ideas for this SD card? Its a Sandisk Extreme 32GB card

    Thanks for the Pokemon offer but I don't really play it anymore. I just can't get into the post game. Not sure if I'm just still mad there is no battle frontier in ORAS.
     
  6. ej2095

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    Got same problem..

    Card has 3 games on it, i try to format, reformat etc and diskwriter wont work...

    it says its done but when you rerun diskwriter they all appear,

    have tried to partion etc etc but get errors