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SD card issue: "This card is not usable."

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii Hardware' started by Anot, Dec 25, 2006.

  1. Anot

    Anot WiiChat Member

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    Hi,

    I have a PleoMax (Samsung) 256GB SD memory card. It is supposed to be a "high speed" card (10MB/s). It works fine on my PC but my Wii console doesn't seem to be able to read it. I get a "This card is not usable." message whenever I try to use the card in the Photo Channel.

    Do the files in the card have to be in a particular layout or directory structure? All I have in the card is a few JPEG pictures from a Cannon Powershot digital camera.

    Thanks in advance!

    Anot

    PS. The web browsing channel is really cool!
     
  2. doug52

    doug52 Overly Strong Right Arm

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    yeah a 256 GB sd card may be too big for the wii ;p haha.
     
  3. Dougamer

    Dougamer Offical Wiitard

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    i heard that the Wii cant access cards higher than 2gig, i think you got a problem there XD
     
  4. vhdblood

    vhdblood WiiChat Member

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    I really doubt that he's talking about a 256gb card. I imagine it's a typo. Anyway, You probably are using some other kind of card that's just the same size.
     
  5. Anot

    Anot WiiChat Member

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    Yes, it was a typo... I meant 256MB, Sorry about that!

    I still don't know what is wrong with this card :(

    Anot
     
  6. JKarp

    JKarp Rabbid Hunter

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    Did you previously use it in a camera or something that re-formatted it into some proprietary format maybe?
     
  7. Anot

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    No. I tested the card in my PC out of the box with no issues whatsoever. It is formatted with the FAT32 file system as usual

    Thanks.
    Anot
     
  8. Peaty

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    My 2 GB SD works fine. I do a lot of photography and once in a while I have a card I need to reformat to get to work. Can you move the data to chip you HD or something, reformat the card and move the data back? I don't remember seeing a way to format the SD card in the Wii but I usually like to format the card in the device that will us it if possible before I use it. Just a thought.
     
  9. FUBAR

    FUBAR WiiChat Member

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    Does it have the lock on the side i have an SD card that doesnt have the lock and it wont work with the Wii
     
  10. dja11101995

    dja11101995 I am the Time Alpaca

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    yo i got my sd card and on the card it says compatible with the wii so some arent compatable with the wii
     
  11. cannon

    cannon Nintendo FanBoy

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    He is probably using an mmc card, they look pretty much the same as an sd card but wont work in the wii.
     
  12. Anot

    Anot WiiChat Member

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    Thanks. I haven't found a way to format the card in the Wii, but I'll try reformatting it in my PC.

    Anot

    As far as I can tell, it *is* an SD card. Probably my card is just defective, or it is one of the (few, I hope) SD cards that is actually not compatible with the Wii...

    The card does have a lock on the side. I have tried to use the card with both the lock on and off, but no joy...

    As I said in a previous post, my card may be just defective, or it could be one of those SD cards that is actually not compatible with the Wii...

    Another possibilty is that the SD card slot in the Wii could be defective. I guess I'll just borrow or buy another card and try.

    Thanks everyone for your replies.

    Anot
     
  13. jamesjw

    jamesjw Wii owner since 28 Dec 06

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    You could try formatting it FAT16, some cameras (and maybe the Wii) wont read FAT32.

    I know my Fuji S5600 wont read the xD card if its formatted anything other than FAT12 or FAT16

    Give it a try anyhow.. I could be on the wrong track, I havent bought an SD card for my Wii yet, will be checking this thread closely prior to doing so :)
     
  14. Anot

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    I've tried reformatting the card (both FAT16 and FAT32) but no joy. The local Game shop sells ScanDisk cards. The guy there claims those work well with the Wii, but I haven't tried one of those yet.

    PleoMax (Samsung) cards don't seem to be compatible with the Wii, though... :(

    Cheers,
    Anot
     
  15. jamesjw

    jamesjw Wii owner since 28 Dec 06

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    I ended up buying a LEGEND 2GB SD card, works well, didnt require a format before I used it.. threw some mp3's and some pics on it and slideshow worked well through the photo channel.

    So i can safely recommend the LEGEND SD Flash cards.

    -- Jim.
     
  16. Wii-Seppe

    Wii-Seppe Wii-Seppe

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    SD Card must be old or locked
     
  17. zizo

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    mine was k then i formated my wii and it stopped working how can i use it again its a sandisk 1gb itried locking it then unlocking it and it still not working plz help

    btw i have ver4.0 and when i put on the sd card to ee whats on it eithee there or threw the opitions it says:
    THE DEVICE INSERETED IN THE
    SD CARD SLOT CANNOT BE USED
     
    #17 zizo, Jun 5, 2009
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