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I can't format any memory card (CF) with my Sony Alpha 100

Everytime I try to format a memory card (CF) with my Sony Alpha 100 dslr it reads that unable to format. Can anyone help me with this problem or have any suggestion?
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  • mercury863 Jan 04, 2009

    Yes all my memory cards are unlocked and I've tried different cards and still the same problem.



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You have a lock on your memory card check that !!

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