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Problem with xd card

I can view the photos ok on my camera but when connecting it to my pc I get the message that the card is not formatted. Camera and pc work ok together with a different card so I am guessing there is a problem with this card. Tried cleaning it a little with no luck, and also tried putting the card into the reader on my printer, again got the message that there was a card error. Is there going to be any way of me rescuing these photos, or will I only be able to view them on my camera's teeny screen?

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Re: problem with xd card

1. Do NOT click "Yes" to format this camera memory card in case that the formatting process makes things worse.
2. Do NOT attempt to write anything new on this camera memory card in case of any data loss.
3. Download an unformatted memory card data recovery freeware to your computer and try to retrieve all your wanted pictures back before the formatting process:
In fact, this freeware has ever successfully saved all the inaccessible data of my friend off from his camera memory card. So, I believe it can also work successfully on your memory card, too.
Simply read more information of this freeware here:
4. Save and back up all your restored photos on a different memory card or hard drive in case of data recovery failure.
5. After the data recovery process, simply format this memory card to see whether it can work functionally as before.
In the future, you should learn a lesson to be more careful about your data and always back it up well.

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Re: problem with xd card

If you connect your camera to your pc via a usb lead which should have come with the camera windows should recognise it and you can view the pictures in picture viewer or go to my computer where your camera will show as a seperate removable drive, click on explore and there will probably be a folder called olympus open this and you should be able to see the photos

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Please read these/the 2 posts that I posted prior for a similar XD mem card problem, as I firmly believe you are "formatting" your mem card improperly using your home computer instead of "formatting" the card on your camera.

Also the XD type card & size are very important also!!

What you will have to do is read and download the photos you have on that XD card using the same "card reader" you used before and then properly "re-format" that card in your "CAMERA ONLY". This should solve your XD card problems.



Not knowing what model Olympus camera you have, or how old it is - your new memory card "format" problem is one of 3 possibilities.

1st - If you have an older Olympus camera more then 4-5 years old the newer M & H series type cards over 256mb will probably not work in your older camera, as by the camera's internal firmware chip design of the camera itself. Some cameras were upgradeable some weren't as to the internal firmware chip as well as available software drivers depending on which computer OS system you were using ie: (WIN98SE, WIN2000, etc). Has to do with the memory card read/write chip speed as well, and also has to do with the physical storage size of the card itself. Some digital cameras were MAXED OUT at 512mb cards, some as low as 256mb. A 2gb card simple won't work in that/your camera in that case.

If you read the camera's user manual it will possibly tell you this, or else go online to and use this link:

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If you are using the wrong type & size card you will need to return that card (if you can) and get the right XD size & type for your camera.

2nd - You should always FORMAT (same as ERASE ALL and FORMAT modes on most Olympus cameras) the new card, or any XD card for that matter in your camera itself. NOT THE HOME COMPUTER!!! The 2 format procedures are not the same!!

If you are re-shooting (re-using) the same XD card over and over again and then downloading the JPEG pix directly to the computer using a USB interface cable there usually is no need to re-format the card again as long as the XD card stays the camera and is not downloaded into a home computer via a "card reader". If you do the latter "card reader" then I would advise doing a card re-format in the camera again just to be safe!!

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See the following camera info for your specific model at the link below under Storage Media:

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I hope this now clears up any prior confusion from the previous post.

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