Sandisk ext'me IV 8GB cf card states 'card error' in olympus e410
I have recently purchased a Sandisk extreme IV 8GB CF card on two seperate occasions for my Olympus E-410 DSLR. On inserting card into camera it states 'card full' but no pictures on card, i then tried the format menu and attempted to format card, it then stated message ' card error'. I have challenged both sellers who firmly state that the cards are genuine and not fakes. I have also checked compatibility of card to camera on olympus websites but am confused as one states that the camera can support up to 32GB yet others state upto 8GB, my current card is the sandisk III 4GB CF card and works perfect so would like to know firstly if i can get around this error or is 8GB to much for the camera???
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SanDisk Extreme cards are supposed to ship with RecoveryPro software which should help you get the photos back. If the software is not on your card you may be able to get it from their website or another SanDisk card.
Your camera was designed to be fully CF compliant, but it was designed long before 4GB cards were available so your problem is likely to be that the camera cannot handle a card of that large a capacity.
I've checked the Olympus servicing manual but unfortunately it doesn't state a maximum CF capacity and there have been no relevant firmware updates to extend CF compatibility.
When your camera was released back in 2003 the largest capacity CF card was 1GB so I suggest that you don't go above that size. You'll also be wasting your money on any more than a regular Sandisk Ultra as the camera cannot take advantage of the faster data transfer rates of later cards, I'm not even certain that it can utilise the speed advantage of an Ultra over a really basic model, but it won't cause the camera to throw it's toys out of the pram either.
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Currently Olympus has successfully tested Sandisk Extreme 3 up to 8gb without any card error messages. It sounds as if it is a card compatibility issue. Try to exchange to an Extreme 3 and you should be able to use that without any issues.
The E-500 has no internal storage. As per dpreview it will accept CF and xD-Picture cards. xD-Picture is slower, more expensive, less compatible, and all around less useful. As far as CF goes, the Sandisk Ultra-II is a good reliable card for a reasonable price. I wouldn't bother with a faster card like Sandisk's Extreme-III or Extreme-IV; they might speed up copying to your PC somewhat, but the camera itself won't write out files any faster.
Have you tried formatting these cards in your camera? You will find the setting in the menu as per page 26 of the manual.
Also check that the correct card type is set for xD or CF as appropriate.
You can download the manual from the link below:
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A slightly similar experience in that a Memory Stick Duo inexplicably set itself to write protect. No matter what I did, I couldn't format it. I was forced to buy another card.
If possible, test it with another card or two. If it happens with more than two or three cards, then I would suspect the camera.