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Memory card won't format

Every time I turn my camera on, the message reads "memory card error." I have followed the instructions in the manual, which suggests reformatting twice after turning the camera off if after the first try fails. No luck. We've spent money on a couple of different memory cards, both reputable. Doesn't make a difference. What could be the problem?

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Re: Memory card won't format

Most likely one of the pins on the compact flash connector is bent, not allowing the card to be recongnized correctly - Am now fixing such a problem for a friend

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When i turn on my camera it says the memory card needs formatting i follow the instructions but it doesnt work and keeps saying to format the memory card. this happens over and over and i cannot take...

To understand the photo loss situation, consider a scenario: You format a memory card in Digital Camera, and start to capture some pictures. However, while capturing pictures, your camera shuts down due to low battery. Now, after recharging battery, when you try to access those photograph on the card, you receive the following error message on camera screen:

The Card requires formatting: Additionally, the camera is unable to capture any new photographs.

The main cause for the above error message is corruption of memory card due to conking of battery while a read/write operation was running.

These memory card needs to be formatted before you save any new pictures. It is always a good practice to take backup of card and format it before use. This enables you to fight with any damage done to the memory card and to erase the old data saved on the card. However, the probability of card getting corrupted again (after you have saved new data) still exists.

First try formating with an external SD Card reader connected at PC and test it.

Oct 13, 2011 | Kodak EasyShare C143 Digital Camera

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Hi - I am getting an error message when i switch on my Sony Cybershot dsc t9 saying access and then it flashes format error C13.01 - can you advise how to resolve?

It might be due to a bad contact of the placed memorycard.

1. Pull the memorycard out and in the camera several times and retry.
2. If not OK, format the card in the camera. If that does not work, format it in the computer.
3. Try another memorycard and recheck.

Sep 04, 2011 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T9 Digital Camera

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I have just bought a EOS 500D camera and I must mention am completely new to digital cameras. Why does the instruction manual advise me to 'format' the memory card? Thanks for your help

Reading the manual is the greatest way to learn about your new camera however sometimes the terminology (new language) can be more of a challenge. Okay to address your question the "new" SD (secure digital) memory card has a little switch on the side I'll include a diagram so you can see what position this switch needs to be in. Being new the camera or your instructions are asking you to format the memory card to clean the surface and make it ready to properly communicate with your cameras "firmware" (that's software for a camera) Formatting a memory card should be done after each download of pictures to a computer, if the memory card is new or if the memory card was used in another camera. Hope this was a help


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Error message Built in memory full. Also won't read memory card.

You need to format the internal memory with no card in the camera. Then, you need to format the memory card in the camera.

Feb 17, 2010 | Pentax Optio S5i Digital Camera

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Only stores to internal memory not memory card

1. Go into the camera menu and find "reset"...follow the on-screen instructions. 2. With no card in the camera, format the internal memory.
3.Don't wait for a message...format the card in the camera (never in the computer).

Dec 22, 2009 | Nikon Coolpix S51c Digital Camera

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SD card - memeory card parameter error

Some camera's, especially older ones, have a limit as to the maximum size of the memory card that they support. Look in the manual to see what the camera can support.

Jun 12, 2009 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 Digital Camera

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Card error

Try turning off the camera. While it's off remove and reinsert the memory card. If the same message appears, you should re-format the memory card. CAUTION: Formatting the memory card will delete anything on it. Copy the files off of it before formatting.
Here is your manual:

Apr 28, 2009 | Casio EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z60 Digital Camera

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Intializing Card Error Message

Just format your card once your problem will be solved

Jan 21, 2009 | Fuji FinePix A607 Digital Camera

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Sony Cybershot DSC-P200 Get error message whilst taking photo "Formatting Error" then image doesn't get saved on the memory card. This doesn't happen with every photo. I have replaced memory...

have you tried formating the card and camera
to format the card insert itinto card reader and go to my computer right click on the drive then select format and follow the instructions this should solve the problem

also try reseting the unit at the same time by following the onscreen instructions in the set up mode

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