I'm not trying to be preachy, I hope you take this advice. A new camera would change your life! Smaller, better, faster, more reliable, easier to use, and cheaper than ever. Don't buy the cheapest though. Memory cards are far more reliable than those discs. For $250 you could get one that takes way better pictures and is easier to carry. Kodak (really easy to use camera and software), Canon, Pentax ie. These brands don't have proprietary parts, unlike sony, and are known for photography. Sony is good but charges you more for parts you can only get from them basicly. why bother. Go to www.dpreview.com (beware the dates of the cameras) and see ratings of all cameras. Also don't buy more (or be talked into more) than you need.
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The camera may display a FORMAT ERROR if the inserted media is not formatted or if the media was formatted on a computer. This error may also display if the inserted media is not supported by the camera. Please make sure that you're using either CD -R disc which does not require formatting or CD -RW disc. If you're using any other discs like CD +RW, CD+R may arise the error message. If the issue persists with a new different CD -R disc, service may be required for the Camera.
I have had similar problem and i think it's a problem with the disc. Make sure the disk is clean and unscratched. Check your other discs, too, to see if they are giving you the same problem. If not, it' is most likely the disc and not the camera.
It seems like the only solution is to find a "disc recovery" program to pull the pictures off the CD. I found and bought ($39.00) the program CDRoller. Although it is designed to recover problem files I found it sees the pictures and allows you to move them to your PC hard drive. Take the unfinalized CD, put it in you CD drive and run CDRoller. It finds the DCIM folder. You can open it to get the folder that contains the pictures. Open it and all of your picture file names are displayed. You can select all and do a save. It will ask you where you want to save them and define the folder on your PC. When the save is done your pictures are on the PC and your disc is still unfinalized so you can put it back into your camera and continue to take pictures.
I think you have to Finalize the disc before you put it into your computer. After you save all the pictures to your computer, if it's a CD-RW, you can format it -which will erase all pictures on the disc. Then you can use it over and over again. If you haven't already bought a bunch of cheep CD-R discs, I recommend getting a package of 3 or 4 CD-RW discs instead. They are more expensive but they last longer and you can be way more organized with them. I hope this helps.
Here is a link that really helped me out with my Mavica,
It comes when Disk not being recognized. I had the same camera before.
You need to use good quality CDRs or CD-RWs. Usually Sony Mavica disks
best with that camera. Maybe you cannot find Mavica in market then go
for Sony, Philips, Imation miniCDR/W. also keep the lens of the
internal CD writer clean. If you need further assistance please post
I had a similar problem, I was able to view the images on the camera but could not download them to my computer. I have an external cd drive, HP CD writer plus. This drive does not require me to finalize my CDs in order to download my pictures. With the damaged CD, I used a piece of software called BADCOPY to recovery the files(pictures) on the CD. I was able to recover all but one picture from the damaged CD. (I tried using the cd drive on my pc and the recovery software did not find anything, I had to use the external drive)