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SDHC card formatting issue in Nikon D5100 in combination with Windows 10

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Hello all,


I have a weird problem with my memory card. It is a SanDisk SDHC 32 GB card.


When I insert the disk in my camera (Nikon D5100)  the following things happen


1. I get a message saying that the memory card isn't formatted.

2. I format the memory card inside the camera.

3. I am able to take pictures.


After the session is finished, surprisingly the memory card which is recognized by the camera isn't recognized by my computer anymore! I use a Windows 10 OS. The card is detected in the device manager as a drive. But the drive has no letter on it. So it is not recognized by the file explorer. Thus I cannot see my images on my Windows 10 PC.


After that I have to insert the memory card in the Macbook where it detects the SD card without any problems. I transfer my pictures and then through the formatting tool of the macbook, reformat my SDHC memory card into a exFAT format.


Now this newly formatted, empty, SDHC card is recognized by windows 10, but again is not recognized by the camera when I insert it for round 3


It seems that I am stuck in this loop.


Any help regarding this issue?











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What file system does the camera use? FAT32 is a problem for Windows 10 systems as Microsoft thinks that it is obsolete and that exFAT is better (which it is). It should be able to read the card. I haven't used Windows for years, but I think there are registry keys involved in identifying external drives, this might be worth investigating. I think you can format using FAT32 with a command line, which might be worth searching for.

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