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    Cannot format card! Help!

    Hi guys,

    I just purchased my first DSLR today, the Canon 80d (on special at JB-HI-FI). I also purchased a "Lexar High-Speed microSDHC 32gb UHS-1 300x 45mb/s" memory card. I've read online that SDHC memory cards are compatible with the 80d.

    When i turned my DSLR on, it says "card cannot be accessed. Reinsert/change the card or format the card with the camera".
    When I selected "format card" it says "cannot format - change card".

    I don't understand what's gone wrong, is the card not compatible with the camera? Or is the card faulty?
    Note both the camera and memory card are brand new.

    Thanks for your help, any assistance would be highly appreciated!
    Cheers.

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    Do you have another card that you can try? If not, maybe go back to JB Hi-Fi and see if they can help.
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    Yep, take it back to JB Hifi and show them. It could be that card is faulty, or the camera is faulty. Do you have a card reader in your computer, can you access the card via the computer
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    Perhaps a faulty card, maybe even the camera.. I had problems with a new Compact Flash Card in my 7D MK11 when they were both new.
    Hawthy advice is best if you dont have another card, take them both back to JB Hi-Fi and if its the camera ask for a new one..
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    The easiest thing to look for is the small write protect tab on the edge of the card.
    SD cards have one edge that has a corner cut, and the opposing edge is straight from corner to corner-top to bottom.
    That long edge has a small tab up near the top that can easily be slid downwards to lock the card.

    If that tab is down, the card is locked and you can't write to the card(ie. format or write or whatever.)
    Make sure the tab is in the 'up' position.
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    Is a microSDHC different to a SDHC??

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    can you post a photo of the card, and (as it is a microSDHC according to the 1st post...) a photo of the adapter your using in your camera?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark L View Post
    Is a microSDHC different to a SDHC??
    Doh!! .. missed that bit o:

    'spose it begs the question: why get a micro SD card type when the camera holds SD card types?

    I can think of one reason: in that it'd be easy to transfer the photos from camera to phone/tablet (if the phone/tablet can accept microSD cards).

    BUT! .. be aware. microSD cards are small, and they are easily lost! (trust me on this, I've 'lost' two of them now, and that was in the house so I had to eventually find them .. which I did)
    You want to minimise the fitment/removal of these card types.

    I reckon tandeejay on on the right track .. I'd be inclined to suspect the adapter.

    First things first, I'd recommend to get a proper SD card.
    1. harder to lose!
    2. uses the native format of the camera

    If it transpires that you did get a microSD card for transferring camera images to a phone/tablet/or something, and you still want this option, then you're better off getting what's called an OTG adapter for the phone that has an SD card reader.
    Cheap and easy to get off Ebay (OTG = On The Go), I got one for a couple of $'s and works a treat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurking83 View Post
    I can think of one reason: in that it'd be easy to transfer the photos from camera to phone/tablet (if the phone/tablet can accept microSD cards).
    The 80D has built-in WiFi, so no need to transfer cards between devices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warbler View Post
    The 80D has built-in WiFi, so no need to transfer cards between devices.

    .......

    LOL! ... how many weeks does one allow to transfer a card full of raw images to the destination device!

    Of course I do get the point tho .. possible mobile device could be the destination, hence smallish jpgs are most likely the files to be transferred, etc, etc.

    But I'm stumped as to why the OP is using a microSD via an adapter tho.
    Until they come back and enlighten us .. we'll never really know the full story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurking83 View Post
    LOL! ... how many weeks does one allow to transfer a card full of raw images to the destination device!
    It's spec'd as 802.11 /b/g/n with NFC, so at least 54Mbit/sec. They'd be JPEG, I suspect, but 32Gb is still 32Gb, no matter whether the files are RAW or JPEG. What's your home wifi run at, and can you stream HD movies on it? I personally wouldn't be using a MicroSD and adaptor, but if the OP is, I guess that is their choice. I have an adaptor, but only because it came bundled with the Sandisk MicroSD I bought at the time. Haven't tried it in the camera at all yet. I have a couple of Toshiba FlashAir SD cards I use when I want JPEG images immediately available to photo editors at the media outlets I work for from time to time. They are very quick to load onto the phone because it happens whilst I'm taking the photos rather than waiting till I've finished. It's a matter of workflow.

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    Considering the OP has not been back on the site since 4 minutes after posting this thread, we will probably never know the outcome of this one.

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    I made this comment on another forum recently regarding people who sign up, and ask a question, and then never to return...

    Do people do forums like they do photography? Spray and Pray....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tandeejay View Post
    I made this comment on another forum recently regarding people who sign up, and ask a question, and then never to return...

    Do people do forums like they do photography? Spray and Pray....
    You are possibly right.

    The OP has probably bought their first DSLR camera, likely from a salesman who had no clue about cameras, taken it home and it didn't work.

    What to do? Hit every camera forum you can find, and hope someone answers you. Possibly has no clue about forum etiquette either, like acknowledging those who took the time to help. May have come back as a visitor (can you do that ), read the replies, and disappeared into the night.

    Then again they may have other priorities in their life and haven't had the time to check for answers. Who knows, they may return and become a valued member.
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    Hi,

    I had a similar issue with a Lexar card I bought for my D810 although it was a recommend one. I changed over to a Scandisk and have had no issues since.


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    Mongo has had nothing but trouble with Lexar. Will never touch them again after getting rid of the useless ones he had temporarily. Stick to Sandisc .
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    How ironic of this post to pop up. I had finished transferring photos to the desk top, went format the card in the camera & it said it could not format. Replace or use another card it said. I put it back into the computer & it popped up with card needs formatting, then of course windows could not do it. When I dig into disk management it says the format is raw?? My other SD card says it's fats32, I don't know how or when this could of happened or if this is the issue. The card is an Extreme 45mb/s UHS1 10, 32gb. I have ordered a replacement hopefully all good.

    Now I think of it, this card was the one I was using when I was having what I thought was camera issues. The review of photo's taken were like half exposed, I'd cancel review then look again the the exposure was good, maybe the the card was having data transfer issues then..
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    Might seem silly, but try turn the lock on and off again. Sometimes I find the lock can be in place but appears to be off when you're looking at the exterior of the switch.
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    Well, at least the rest of us may benefit from this, if not the OP
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    Quote Originally Posted by ameerat42 View Post
    Well, at least the rest of us may benefit from this, if not the OP
    Yep. posted at 4.32, they logged off at 4.36 and have never been back online to read the answers, or thank everyone for kindly replying.


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