Pete, on Jan 1 2006, 22:40, said:
Thanks Liam, sounds promising.
Though I was using the supplied adaptor, and formatting through that, I'd be interested to try the CHKDSK and going through that, but how do you get to that?
Sorry, I know it's a noob question, but it's not something I've done before!!!
No probs. This is for Win XP but should be similar for most systems (you might need to run 'dosprmpt' on Win98 rather than 'cmd').
Go to the Start menu, select Run, and type CMD, then click on OK. You now have the 'command line interface'. You can always type CHKDSK /? to see all the options available for CHKDSK. There is a pretty version called Disk Check in Windows Explorer but I tend to use the command line version.
If your SD card appears as drive E:, type the command below followed by Enter/Return,
CHKDSK E: /f /r
/f - fixes problems on the disk
/r - locates and marks sectors as bad
If you get a message about dismounting the volume first, that is OK, but any applications using the E: drive might get upset - you should close those down first.
Once sectors are marked as bad, you will need to reformat the disk in order to 'release' these sectors for use.
P.S. If you forget to enter the drive letter for the SD card (and I did) it performs a check on your system drive, usually when the system restarts. You can cancel this when you restart, it gives you 15 seconds to prevent the check. I missed this too and so ended up waiting 20 minutes for a full check on my system drive. Tsk.