The GoPro Hero3 supports 64GB SD (SDXC) cards. 64GB SD cards come formatted with the exFAT format. This works great with the GoPro Hero 3 until you want to connect the Hero3 to an iPad as the iPad doesn’t support exFAT yet. You’ll get a message like “Contents Unavailable. The connected storage media may be damaged” or “Contents not Available. Cannot read the connected storage media.”
The solution to this is to use MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition to format the SD card with FAT32. However, when formatting the card with FAT32, you need to set the cluster size to 32KB, otherwise when you try to use the card with the GoPro you’ll get the error message “SD ERR”.
There’s two ways to connect the Hero3 to an iPad:
- Take the SD card out of the GoPro and insert the SD card into the iPad’s SD Card Camera Reader cable / Camera Kit
- Plug the USB port of the GoPro into the iPad’s USB Camera Reader cable / Camera Kit
If you’re going down the USB cable route, you’ll probably get the error message “Cannot Use Device. The connected USB device requires too much power.” You can fix this by placing a powered USB2 hub between the iPad and the GoPro. Doing this makes the GoPro draw its power from the hub instead of the iPad.