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Warning: Formatting a flash card will erase all the files on the card. Most devices you use the flash card with will (i.e. camera) 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 formats 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 with the right mouse button, click on the drive. Then choose "Format" from the menu and click on it with your left mouse button.

Choose the file system that is appropriate for the card size and the device you are using it with. 2GB and below should use FAT. Above 2GB should use FAT32, NTFS or exFAT. NTFS and exFAT should only be used if you are copying files 4GB and larger to the card or the card is above 32GB.

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. 

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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 our warranty policy please visit http://www.kingston.com/company/warranty.asp

    1. Contact a company that specializes in data recovery services such as Driver Savers at www.drivesavers.com and Ontrack at www.ontrack.com just to name a couple or you can do a search on Google for data recovery.
    2. Go to www.download.com and do a search for data recovery and download one of the many utilities for data recovery which are fairly simple to use. We suggest trying one of the free versions as they work just as well as the paid versions. However for the possibilities for this option to work, the computer must assign a drive letter to the device. Even so it’s not a guarantee. If not then option #1 would be your best bet.

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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 either format the card in a device that complies with SDA standards, such as a camera or 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, we suggest you use the "QUICK" selected as the format type and have the format adjustment size set to "ON".

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Kingston SD and microSD cards are designed to be used in consumer products such as hand held cameras, cell phones, MP3 players, GPS devices, etc. Commercial grade equipment should use industrial grade cards which Kingston does not offer at this time. Kingston cards will work in commercial grade equipment, but they are not appropriate for this type of application.

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FAQ: KGF-011411-GEN-01

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 uses 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.

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No. We do not support our flash cards as bootable devices, fixed disks or something you can run an OS from.

FAQ: KFC-011911-GEN-01

Many devices that use flash cards only recognize the FAT32 file system. Windows will automatically default the file system to exFAT for any removable storage device above 32GB. It will not give the option to format is FAT32. When you insert this card into your device, it will see the card as not formatted. The best practice is to format the card in the device you primarily use the card with.

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