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aloram

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SD Cards and Windows 10?
« on: August 17, 2016, 08:42 PM »
Has anyone encountered any issues using Windows 10 to format an SD card for use with an Everdrive?

Thanks.

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Re: SD Cards and Windows 10?
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2016, 02:05 PM »
if you are having issues with the windows formatter, try using sd-formatter.
Everdrives i own: EDN8, EDGB, EDGBx7, EDGBAx5, EDGG

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Re: SD Cards and Windows 10?
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2016, 04:03 PM »
The problem is down to Microsoft changing Windows' formatting ability from Vista onwards, so that when Vista or later formats a drive to FAT32, then the drive has a FAT32 setup that's slightly different to how it would have been if you'd have formatted it with Windows XP. And some pieces of hardware which use FAT32, including some media players, cameras, and Everdrives, can have trouble with the FAT32 formatted drive because they expect to find the old style setup, and not the new one.

Why Microsoft did this, I have no idea.

Fortunately, it's easy to fix. Just use a third party program to format the SD Card to FAT32, there are a few, and most are free. I use:

SmartDisk_FAT32_tool.exe

from :

http://www.verbatim.com/index/search.php?words=fat32+tool

It's small, doesn't need to be installed, free, and does a proper job of formatting a drive to FAT32 standard. Just be careful to format your SD Card and not your hard drive!
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Re: SD Cards and Windows 10?
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2016, 09:07 PM »
Thanks for the help.