Why can't I format my Transcend microSD?

Discussion in 'Acekard' started by Smidthmador, May 25, 2012.

  1. Smidthmador
    OP

    Smidthmador Member

    Newcomer
    35
    0
    Oct 17, 2011
    United States
    I just got an 8g class6 micro SD for my Acekard (hence the reason I'm posting here) and I can't format it. When I try to, using the Pannasonic formatter, I get a message saying that the card is write-protected. I've moved the switch up n down and I still get the same message. I'm using the Transcend adapter too.

    Is theis a hardware flaw? Am I just THAT stupid?

    Also, when and if I can do a format do I do a quick, full (erase) or full (overwrite)?

    Thanks a bunch in advance :D
     
  2. Masked Ranger

    Masked Ranger GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    502
    2
    Nov 24, 2009
    Have you tried to format with the switch up and with the switch down? Are you using a msd reader or some sort of multipurpose one?
     
  3. Smidthmador
    OP

    Smidthmador Member

    Newcomer
    35
    0
    Oct 17, 2011
    United States
    I am using the Transcend adapter that came with the card. I have tried with the lock switch up, down, and in the middle. In the middle a quick format got to 10% then I got an error messege saying that the card could not be read. Oh, and thanks for your quick reply. If it makes a difference I am usinging a multi purpose USB adapter to get the micro adapter into my pc. The slot for the normal SD is very dirty as I have never actually used it so I went with the clean port.
     
  4. zerolinks

    zerolinks GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    146
    27
    Jan 22, 2007
    United States
    What kind of reader are you using? is it a USB reader?
     
  5. Smidthmador
    OP

    Smidthmador Member

    Newcomer
    35
    0
    Oct 17, 2011
    United States
    Yes, I am plugging my adapter into a multi-purpose USB reader.
     
  6. Masked Ranger

    Masked Ranger GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    502
    2
    Nov 24, 2009
    See if you can get a msd only usb reader. What could be going on is that the connection between the adapter and the msd card itself is the problem.
     
  7. Smidthmador
    OP

    Smidthmador Member

    Newcomer
    35
    0
    Oct 17, 2011
    United States
    I'll have to get a USB only reader tomorrow. Any ideas on brands that I should NOT get? I have a Lexar that I really don't like; it fouls up my roms so that only an icon appears for NDS. I can play gb/gbc games though.. That readers pins are all uneven and stuff so I blame it, not me ;)
     
  8. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvertâ„¢

    Member
    27,883
    8,105
    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Sounds like it's overheating. The GB/C ROMs are really tiny so it doesn't transfer long enough to heat up, but with DS ROMs the transfers can take a few seconds and it could heat up to the point that it prematurely stops the transfer to avoid killing the card (or continues anyways, writing garbage data).

    Just don't buy cheap no-name shit. Get a known-branded card reader from a real store, same with your MicroSDs.
     
  9. Smidthmador
    OP

    Smidthmador Member

    Newcomer
    35
    0
    Oct 17, 2011
    United States
    WOW!! Thank you for giving me relevant information rather than just asking a question that I have already answered in my description of the problem. haha The first card and reader came with my AK. Now I will only use well known brands. I'm on Amazon now trying to decide between a sandisk w/ an 8g no class card, a 2g no class w/ reader or a 4g 10 class w/reader. The 2g is the only one whose adapter I am sure is name brand as I can read it. Worst case I can always use the 2g for porn :P
     
  10. Another World

    Another World Emulate the Planet!

    Former Staff
    10,490
    1,630
    Jan 3, 2008
    Colombia
    From Where???
    transcend are great cards for this hobby. i agree with rydian, its probably your reader.

    just because its a brand name doesn't mean it will be perfect. my kingston readers were great but eventually started to overheat. but they will perform much better than the cheap readers acekard use to pack with their kits.

    -another world
     
  11. Themanhunt

    Themanhunt GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    432
    34
    Aug 11, 2011
    Definately the reader. I got a few from China, and one of them likes to corrupt anything I put into them. I also got this error, I used Windows Format tool to format it.
     
  12. Smidthmador
    OP

    Smidthmador Member

    Newcomer
    35
    0
    Oct 17, 2011
    United States
    I thought that it was disadvised to use the Windows Format tool. Is there really a big difference between the Pannasonic and the Windows formatters?

    Thanks a bunch for your help guys! (or girls..)
     
  13. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvertâ„¢

    Member
    27,883
    8,105
    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    As far as corruption and such no, but as far as performance yes.
     
  14. Themanhunt

    Themanhunt GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    432
    34
    Aug 11, 2011
    Format it with the Windows tool, then reformat with the one you got the error with.