Unformat-able SD Card

Nils Kassube kassube at gmx.net
Thu Mar 13 06:50:24 UTC 2008

komputes wrote:
> I had an SD card with Ubuntu running on it and I took it out during the
> shutdown process, while the computer was still on. This card booted two
> or three times but then I noticed that there were errors and  changes
> back to  default, I could not explain it. When I got it home, the bios
> could not even recognize the disk,  When I try reformatting it in
> gparted it gives me a negative value for the size of the drive, does
> anyone have a clue what could have happened to this card and how I
> could I possibly fix it? None of my SD devices can format this card -
> it only gives me a "card error".

That looks like a dead device. I had something similar some weeks ago. If 
you look at the output of the "lsusb -v" command when the card is plugged 
in, it probably doesn't identify as a mass storage device any more. I 
think you should get a replacement.


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