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Secure Digital cards are the current standard for digital cameras, PDAs and many other handheld electronic devices. They are small, portable memory cards which store data, such as images, that can be transferred from device to device. As with other current technologies, they are not perfect. This article will discuss the problems with those cards and how to resolve them. But don't worry -- many of the problems are easier to resolve than you think.

    Write Protection

  1. If your SD card is giving you write protection errors, it could be that the write protection switch is set to the on position. Most SD cards come with a switch you can set to prevent your data from being erased or written over. If this switch is set to on, you will not be able to add or delete information from your card, so make sure you turn the card's protection off before attempting to write to the card.
  2. Vista Compatibility

  3. Your SD card may not be recognized by Window's Vista because of a compatibility issue. To resolve this issue, make sure you have the latest Window's service pack installed, because this contains a fix for this bug. If you have the latest service packs, Windows offer a "hotfix" that will fix this specific problem. If you have the latest service pack and you've installed the hotfix, you can contact Microsoft via their support software for additional help
  4. Missing Drive

  5. Another commonly occurring problem is when your SD card is connected to your PC but is not showing up in your My Computer menu. Remove all of your USB devices. Then go to device manager and uninstall your USB SD card adapter. One uninstalled, reboot your system and then plug the card back in, Window's should automatically detect the device.
  6. Formatting

  7. Before you load any images or information on your SD card, you will need to format it. Formatting is where you attune your device to your computer and peripheral hardware. For this you will need to insert the card into your PC, closing any auto play windows that appear. Once you have done this, and the device when it appears in the My Computer window, right click and select format.
  8. Considerations

  9. For any problem not listed here, there is general advice for problem solving. If you cannot determine why your card is not working properly, reinstall the drivers. When you do this, make sure you delete your old drivers, restart, then install the new ones. If you have another memory card, plug it in and see if your PC can read it -- if so, your SD card may be damaged. As with any peripheral device, make sure your card is securely plugged into your USB adapter or the SD card slot.