I have a CanaKit complete Starter Kit (including RasPi 3, SanDisk 32GB Micro SD HC card, and CanaKit MicroSD USD Reader) which was running Raspbian. I wanted to use the Pi as a Z-Wave bridge instead, hence I searched the web and found out about Hassbian and built-in HomeAssistant. Being a total beginner with the RasPi I found instructions to wipe (format) my MicroSD card using SD Card Formatter utility. However I was only able performing a quick format (overwrite format process would abort everytime). I then used Etcher to load Hassbian on my Micro SD card, but the process would also abort shortly after it started. I thought that perhaps the card was not formatted properly, so I tried formatting again using Windows Explorer right-click option, as well as disk management, but every single time I would get the message "Windows was Unable to Complete the Format" immediately after it started. I would also hear the USB sound indicating the card had been unmounted (removed), but I never touched the card reader throughout the procedure.
I then tried using the diskpart utility but the process would always fail after the format command. After countless tries, my card/reader is no longer detected by my PC (Win 10). When I insert the card reader, no sound, and I do not see the removable drive in Explorer, or in Disk Management, or Device Management. I tried on a different PC, but with the same result. I then took the Micro SD card out and used it in my Samsung tablet, which is able recognizing the Micro SD card. I was also able adding a PDF file onto the card.
I am wondering whether my CanaKit MicroSD USB reader is dead, or if my Micro SD card might also be at cause. Has anyone else ever experienced this?