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Cannot format my sd card Canon Rebel sL1

I need help. I have a brand new ScanDisk ULTRA 64 GB sd card. I have looked up many forums and YouTube videos and tried everything but still get the message "Cannot format; change card". Please does anyone have any tips or tricks? Do I need to get a different SD card?
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@JJCamille wrote:
I need help. I have a brand new ScanDisk ULTRA 64 GB sd card. I have looked up many forums and YouTube videos and tried everything but still get the message "Cannot format; change card". Please does anyone have any tips or tricks? Do I need to get a different SD card?

Hi JJ:

 

 

1st, have you had success formatting other cards, particularly high capacity ones? According to the SL1 specs it should be able to use SD/SDHCSDXC cards, so that would suggest it should.

2nd, Where did you get your Sandisc Ultra card from?  I see you have spelt it differently from the official manufacturer, is that just a typo or did you copy it from the card.   There are lots of counterfeit cards out there.

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Re: Cannot format my sd card Canon Rebel sL1

 

Is is a full size card or a micro card with an adapter?

 

Use a full size card

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Re: Cannot format my sd card Canon Rebel sL1

If it were "write protected" I would expect it to tell you so, but check the write protect tab, anyway.  It sounds like you may have a bad card.  BTW, I have never heard the brand "ScanDisk" before.  Is that a typo?

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Re: Cannot format my sd card Canon Rebel sL1

If it is not a typo for SanDisk, it is a clever counterfeit!

 

I really need to take the counterfeit products class at my work to see more of these.

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Re: Cannot format my sd card Canon Rebel sL1

Honestly folks I am so lost. This is a friends camara that is brand new and she has never used it. I am still a beginner and don't know how to tell at all the specs and if the chip I believe is full size. I went a formatted the card via my pc but I am still getting the same message through my camara. I was told that I may need to do a firmware update so I found that through the Canon website but there are 5 options that I dont know which one to use. They all say 100d_sl1_x7- firmwareupdate then they all have different last digits. -en, -fr, -jp, -sp, - zh. So I have no clue. The disk itself says SanDisk ULTRA 80MB/s. To the right side it has the SD logo with XC 1 then the C10 logo underneath that.
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It was a typo.

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the dash numbers are the language, english, french, japanese...

 

These are micro Sd's with adapters:

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Full size looks only like the adapter.

 

Try a new full size card.

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@JJCamille wrote:
Honestly folks I am so lost. This is a friends camara that is brand new and she has never used it. I am still a beginner and don't know how to tell at all the specs and if the chip I believe is full size. I went a formatted the card via my pc but I am still getting the same message through my camara. I was told that I may need to do a firmware update so I found that through the Canon website but there are 5 options that I dont know which one to use. They all say 100d_sl1_x7- firmwareupdate then they all have different last digits. -en, -fr, -jp, -sp, - zh. So I have no clue. The disk itself says SanDisk ULTRA 80MB/s. To the right side it has the SD logo with XC 1 then the C10 logo underneath that.

Those last digits are describing the default language the menus will use: English, French, Japanese, German, etc.  BUT, forget about doing a firmware update for now.  You may do more harm than good.  I doubt if that would correct the issue, whatever it might be, anyway.

 

Your memory card is the prime suspect, until proven otherwise.  Make sure that you purchase SD cards from a reputable source.  There are many counterfeit cards being sold on Amazon and eBay.  I recommend stopping by a Best Buy.  

 

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These are the cards that I use.  I have never had an issue with Sandisk FULL size SD cards.  I suggest that you go out and buy a new SD card from a local store.

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@JJCamille wrote:

It was a typo.


I think you have this one.

 

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