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My Coolpix 995 shows a message "this card cannot be used." When I remove the CF card and reinsert it snugly, the camera will record images. I have to do this over and over again. When I remove the card and insert it in the card-reader at home, my computer has no problem in reading the card or tranferring images. Sounds to me like I have to send my camera back to Nikon and the card is OK.

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If you are not able to find your connecting cable. Well what you can do is you can take out the memory card and fix it into the card reader (you will get a card reader vey cheap anywhere.). and connect it to your comp. Now your card will work as a flash drive and format the card once.
May be you got a corrupted card. Hope this helps you out.. :))

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