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Nikon D3100 wont recognize my SD card

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Nikon D3100 wont recognize my SD card

So here is the situation. I have a Nikon D3100 i purchased from Costco a few years back. It came with an 8GB SD card. A few weeks ago i took it out to copy the photos to my pc and when i plugged it back it i get "SD card not inserted" msg on the camera.
The SD card still works when plugged in to anything else and i can still use it. The camera can read other cards i have (mostly 2GB), but this is my biggest card and i really would like to figure out whats going on.

Any idea what i can do to fix this?

I alredy tried resetting the camera, formatting the card on the pc (Cant format on the camera as its not recognized on in), cleaning the card slot, etc.
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Check the lock switch on the card.
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thericyip wrote: Check the lock switch on the card.
was the first thing i checked. i also updated the firmware on the camera and still nothing
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Time to buy a Sandisk card.
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Are you formatting the card with FAT32? If so, and the camera still cannot see the card, then suck it up and buy a new bigger card. Is it really worth your time to keep banging your head up on something that can be fixed by spending less than $10?
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urir10 wrote: Where?
Everywhere!

16 gig can be had for $8.99, 32 gig for $11.99 on sale.

Memory is soooooooooooooo cheap now no excuse to not buy several.
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is the card formatted so the camera can read it? As the poster above said, if windows formatted it as ntfs the camera wont see it
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Nope formatted as fat32, i used thier instruction on how to format it.

This really isnt about me loosing on the card , i just want to understand why it suddenly stopped working in my camera. Just realy weired
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urir10 wrote: Nope formatted as fat32, i used thier instruction on how to format it.

This really isnt about me loosing on the card , i just want to understand why it suddenly stopped working in my camera. Just realy weired
maybe it is a counterfeit card or it is off brand
http://www.bunniestudios.com/blog/?p=3554
interesting read on how corners can be cut to lower costs
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Happens with cheaper low-end cards. I've seen it happen a lot in the years I've been selling cameras. At least you backed up everything before it stopped working. Just move on and get a new one.

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