03-22-2020, 10:14 PM #1Can't Erase Micro-SD Card - Problem Resolved
I ran into this problem yesterday and thought I would post the issue and resolution for anybody else who may run into this problem.
Had a SanDisk Micro-SD card (also called TF card) that I had used in a camera and that I wanted to erase and reformat to ExFat.
I plugged the TF card into an SD adapter so that I could plug the card with adapter into the SD slot on my Mini.
Card showed up on my desktop - I launched Disk Utility, selected the card and erased it.
Got the message "Erase process has failed"
Couldn't modify partition map? Hmmm... maybe I couldn't use ExFat for whatever reason, so I tried to format to MS-DOS
Was the card defective? Unlikely since there were images on the card that I could open on the Mac with no problems.
So then I decided to put the card back into the camera and try to use the camera to reformat it (even though formatting that way would not be what I wanted, but I could at least delete the images on the card and maybe then format it)
I put the card back into the camera (with the adapter since the camera took a full size SD card) and then my 10+ year old camera came back with the message "Card Locked"
Sure enough, that was the problem - a 10+ year old camera could give me that feedback, but my much more recent macOS could not. it just said:
Couldn't modify partition map
And what didn't help at all either is that SanDisk on their Micro-SD to SD Adapters brilliantly cover the 'Lock" and arrow indication on the adapter with the SanDisk label.
I slid the lock up to the 'unlock' position and erase worked just fine.
- 03-23-2020, 03:44 AM #2
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Thanks, krs. Useful tip. I wouldn't have thought of a locked card, though they were common enough a few years back.
03-23-2020, 11:10 PM #3And what didn't help at all either is that SanDisk on their Micro-SD to SD Adapters brilliantly cover the 'Lock" and arrow indication on the adapter with the SanDisk label.
Someone sure didn't have their brain engaged... who would've known...???
Thanks for the heads-up.
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