MicroSD has only half space (even when formatted)

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  1. Opium
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    Hey guys. I hope there is a microSD ninja that can help me with my little problem. So I just got a brand new Kingston (made in Japan) MicroSD 2GB

    Here is my problem:

    [​IMG]

    There are no files on the card. I have formatted the card by right clicking on the device and clicking on 'format'. FAT32, not quick format yadayada. Still the card insists it is still half full and I have tested that I can not fill it up to the actual size it should be.

    Is there something I can try? A special formatter? cmd?

    Cheers [​IMG]
     


  2. shaunj66

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    Try this - SD Formatter

    It worked for me when I had exactly the same problem
     
  3. Sjaool

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    Maybe you've got 2 partitions on the microsd?

    Found a little tool on the internet that may help you.
     
  4. Opium
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    [​IMG]

    That didn't work. Formatting using windows brings it back to the 2GB size with half full.

    The tool Sjaool linked to did the same thing...
     
  5. shaunj66

    shaunj66 Administrator

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    I'd say your micro SD is borked. It shouldn't behave like that.
     
  6. Opium
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    RIP MicroSD. I hardly knew you. Back to my trusty 1GB for me then.
     
  7. Extreme Coder

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    Well, try formatting it using Linux or Mac. It just may work :/
    If it's truly borked, then use it as a 1 GB card, or just send it to me [​IMG]
     
  8. TLSpartan

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    Gparted LiveCD would come in handy

    Distro thats meant for formatting. Don't have to get an entire distro (unless you have one [​IMG]

    Sourceforge Page

    3 Newest ones
     
  9. jelbo

    jelbo Ōkami!

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    Isn't this what you see with fake flash based devices/cards? My guess it's fake [​IMG]
     
  10. halljames

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    Yes, I once had a 8 GB USB Memory Stick bought from Japan on ebay, and it seemed to only be a 2GB version, but somehow faked up to be 8. I got that exact same issue in Windows.

    FAKE
     
  11. Sjaool

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    Do you have a digital camera?
    Try formatting it in the digitalcamera using an SD-adapter.

    Don't if it will work though.

    Also you could use the form on this site to verify if your card is a fake or not.
     
  12. test84

    test84 GBAtemp's last ninja 2.

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    try Unstoppable Copier, helped me with PSP memory.
    try to copy more than 1GIG with it, see what happens.

    also, use CHKDSK /f and /R , those may help too.

    Cheers.
     
  13. Linkiboy

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    Yeah, you got a microsd with hacked partition tables.
     
  14. Gordon7

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    The same thing happend with my SD mirco.. and the way i fixed it was i used a laptop that was at work with a built in SD card reader.. to format it again

    hope this helps
     
  15. raulpica

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    True. I've seen quite a bit before, and this seems one.
     
  16. gratefulbuddy

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    I have a sandisk 2gb microsd that had the same thing happen to it. My pc froze during a transfer. I tried formatting thru windows and I used sdformatter (from download center here), but no luck. So I kept downloading formatting programs and trying them until one worked and opened the card up to full capacity again. I think it was an MSI program, but don't quote me on that. TBH I tried so many programs I can't remember them all.
     
  17. Opium
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    I managed to find a digital camera to format it in and now it says 1.8GB free. Sweet [​IMG] It's probably a shoddy fake card though still but I'll give it a go.
     
  18. Nero

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    Glad to hear the problem is gone.

    Just wondering though, where did you get the MicroSD? [​IMG]

    ~Nero
     
  19. Dio

    Dio WRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

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    Fake cards can corrupt your data though =/
     
  20. Opium
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    GameYeeeah actually [​IMG]

    Ever since formatting it in a digital camera it's been working perfectly. In fact it's running a hell of a lot faster than my old 1GB kingston was. The menu in my DSTT is now smooth as butter where as before it lagged slightly.