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Warning: Formatting a flash card will erase all the files on the card. Most devices (i.e. your camera) that you use the flash card with will have a format feature. Before you use this feature, make sure that this size card and type is supported by the device. Also make sure that the format the device uses is compatible with any other device you might use it with (i.e. the camera may format in FAT32 but a digital frame can only read FAT).

If you are using a card reader and a PC to format the card, open "My Computer" in XP or "Computer" in Vista and Win7 and highlight the drive that corresponds to the card. Make sure you choose the correct drive letter. Then use the right mouse button to click on the drive. Choose "Format" from the menu and click on it with your left mouse button.

If you are using a card reader and a Mac, open the "Go" menu and double-click on Utilities (If you do not see Utilities, double-click on Applications and then double-click on the Utilities folder). Double-click on the Disk Utility icon. On the Disk Utility Dialog box, click once on the flash card's active partition. Note: There will be two listings for the card, the first one is the active partition and the second is the volume label.Click the Erase tab located on the right side of the screen. Using the Volume Format drop-down, select “MS-DOS File System” from the list. Click Erase. The reader may require a firmware update. The firmware update is available at the link below. http://www.kingston.com/support/technical/downloads?product=fcr-hs219&filename=HS2_191_FW_RW01

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  1. Some systems do not supporthigher capacity cards (e.g., 1GB or 2GB). Many systems, including newer ones with built in card readers, are made to support cards up to a limited capacity. The capacity of your card may exceed this limitation and a firmware upgrade from the computer manufacturer may be necessary. Check with your computer manufacturer for hardware/software fixes.
  2. If you have a digitalcamera or an external card reader that you know supports 2GB cards, tryconnecting one of these devices to the computer. If you can successfullyview the card via the external device, the problem may exist with your built inreader.
  3. If you have an SDHC (SecureDigital High Capacity) card, it is possible that the internal card reader onyour computer does not support this technology. Although SDHC cards look identical to standard SD (Secure Digital) cards, SDHC cards are not backwards compatible with standard SD format host devices. Standard SD devices cannot read the format of SDHC cards. To ensure compatibility, look for the SDHC logo on cards and host devices (cameras, camcorders, etc.). If your device does not support SDHC cards, we suggest that you contact your place of purchase to exchange it for a standard SD card. Note: Standard SD cards are not available in capacities larger than 2GB.
  4. If you have Windows XP,Microsoft has acknowledged a Windows XP limitation with SDHC cards. Click the following link for the hotfix: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/934428.
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If you have data on your card that is important to you, we strongly recommend that you use one of the two possible ways for data recovery (see below). Kingston does not offer data recovery services. For more information on ourwarranty policy please visit http://www.kingston.com/company/warranty.asp

  1. Contact a company thatspecialises in data recovery services, such as Driver Savers at www.drivesavers.com or Ontrack at www.ontrack.com, or carry out a Googlesearch for "data recovery".
  2. Go to www.download.com, search for "datarecovery" and download one of the many utilities for data recovery whichare fairly simple to use. We suggest trying one of the free versions as they work just as well as the paid versions. However for this option to work, the computer must assign a drive letter to the device. Even so it is not guaranteed to work. If it does not, option #1 would be your best bet.
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The write protection switch on the adapter will only protect the MiniSD and MicroSD while it is in the adapter. Once you remove the MiniSD from the adapter, there is no longer any write protection available.

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Secure Digital cards including SDHC, SDXC and Micro SD cards come pre-formatted in compliance with SD Memory Card standards. Formatting with Windows, Mac or Linux is not compliant with SD Memory Card standards and may cause a performance decrease.

The solution is to eitherformat the card in a device that complies with SDA standards, such as a cameraor phone, or use the SDA format utility located here:

https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/

Be aware this is only compatible with the following Windows operating systems. It will not work in a Linux computer, so using a SDA compatible device is preferable.

 

Compatible Operating Systems:
SD/SDHC SDXC
Windows Windows 8 Windows 8
  Windows 7 Windows 7
  Windows Vista Windows Vista (SP1 or later)
  Windows XP Windows XP (SP2 or later) with the exFAT file system update (KB955704)
     
Mac Mac OS X (v10.8 MountainLion) Mac OS X (v10.8 MountainLion)
  Mac OS X (v10.7 Lion) Mac OS X (v10.7 Lion)
  Mac OS X (v10.6 SnowLeopard) Mac OS X (v10.6.5 SnowLeopard or later) with the exFAT file system update
  Mac OS X (v10.5 Leopard forIntel Mac)  

 

In the options section, wesuggest you use "QUICK" as the format type and have the formatadjustment size set to "ON".

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Operating System exFAT support Patch download
Windows 7 Supported natively
Windows Vista Requires update to Service Pack 1 or 2 (both supports exFAT) Download Service Pack 1 (with exFAT support)
Download Service Pack 2 (with exFAT support)
Windows XP
(Service Pack 2 or 3)
Requires exFAT patch update Must have Service Pack 2 or 3 installed to use this update
Download exFAT patch update
Mac OS X Requires Mac OS X version 10.6.6 and above
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If you have determined that you were sold a counterfeit product, please visit our counterfeit reporting site at www.kingston.com/company/counterfeit.asp.

To determine if yourproduct is counterfeit, please contact our technical support department.

The only way to guarantee the authenticity of a Kingston product is to purchase it via a reputable partner. For a listing of some of these, please visit www.kingston.com/wheretobuy/.

FAQ: KGF-011411-GEN-01

This is a limitation of the FAT file system. In order to transfer more data to this card, you will need to remove the current data on the card and create folders on the card to copy files to. Once this is done, you should be able to transfer more data to the card. You can also reformat the card using the FAT32 file system. However, make sure the device you use the card with supports this file system.

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There is a incompatibility between the card and the device. This can be due to the device not supporting the capacity of the card or the card using a newer technology than the device is able to use. In some cases, there are updates to the device that allow it to read newer or larger cards. Please check with the device manufacturer or on our website to see what cards are supported with your device.

FAQ: KFC-012711-GEN-04

Kingston does not distribute flash media with password protection. This password was either generated by a third party program or by a mobile phone. To regain access, use the third party software or the Lock Code assigned to the mobile phone.

FAQ: KFC-012611-GEN-06

The X rating is a measurement of the performance of the card. It is determined by dividing the write speed of the card by 150KB/s*. To put it another way, you can determine the write speed of a card by multiplying its X rating by 150KB/s. For example:

50X = 50(multiplier) x150KB/sec = 7.5 MB/sec

* 1 KB = 1,000 Bytes; 1 MB= 1 million Bytes.

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No. We do not support ourflash cards as bootable devices, fixed disks or something you can run an OSfrom.

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