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I bought a couple of 2G Mini SD cards off the egg by mistake (I was trying to buy Micro SD's for my phones). They came with SD adapters so I decided to keep them for my camera and USB drive. The first one works flawlessly. When I tried to use the second one in my USB drive, Windows detected it but said it needed to format it. I thought it was weird since I didn't have to format the first one, but I went ahead and told it to do it. After about 45 seconds I got a popup saying that Windows was unable to format it. I took the drive over to my second rig and plugged it in, but Windows didn't detect it. I brought it back to the first PC and now it doesn't detect it either. When I put it in my camera or MP3 player I get a "memory card error". I've tried using both Mini SD to SD adapters with the same result. The first card I tried still works fine with either adapter.

I'm guessing maybe the MBR got scrambled or something. Is there a way to fix it or is it just a $10 piece of trash?
 
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Is there a write-lock switch on it? Try checking that.

Other than that, it may be shot.
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The write lock switch is on the adapter. I checked it and it's unlocked. Thanks though.
 
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Does your camera have a sort of soft reset button on it anywhere? I remember hearing like a year ago that hitting the soft reset button (usually behind the door to where you put the SD card) with a card in fixes some memory card errors. However, if you don't want to lose the settings and such for your camera, this might not be an option.

Seems like it's just a $10 piece of trash.
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My camera is a Canon Powershot A610. I don't know of a reset button, but opening the door to the memory card socket shuts the camera off so I guess it's similar to what you are suggesting.

I'm leaning towards the trash option myself. The only thing I can think of at this point is rebuilding the MBR, but I don't think it's possible with flash memory. I found an app that is supposed to repair flash memory, but it doesn't detect this card either.

It's not like it's a big loss or anything, just annoying. I could maybe get newegg to RMA it, but for the cost of shipping it back and the hassle of visiting the post office, it just isn't worth it.
 
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