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Formatting SD Card to shoot stills

Following the steps in the manual to "initialize" the SD Card, I cant get the screen to show the Format menu. Its keep going to the Video Playback Menu ( even when Video/Memory switch is set to Memory). I cant shoot stills until I format the SD cards, right? I have a Panasonic 4GB HC SD card. Help please. Thanks. Wilfred

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Re: formatting SD Card to shoot stills

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  • Insert your memory card into your computer's reader if you have one. If not, you can purchase a multi-format USB Memory Card reader from or
  • 2 Open up 'My Computer'. You should see it under the list of available drives.
  • 3 Check its contents first to make sure that you have the right drive.
  • 4 In 'My Computer', right-click on the drive and choose 'Format'.
  • 5 Leave all the options as they are and click on 'Start'. This is a non-reversible process so make sure this is what you truly wanted to do in the first place.
  • 6 Once the process is completed, take the memory card out and insert it into your Digital Camera or any other device. Try to browse to it to make sure it works fine now.
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    did you format the card after putting it in the recorder?
    press menu
    use toggle switch (the scrolling wheel on the right side) to scroll till you find sd card on the menu
    push in on toggle switch to select it when you have sd card on the screen
    when you do that you'll see 2 choices remain or format
    select format then press in on toggle switch
    you will be asked if you're sure you want to format the sd card
    select yes
    the manual said it is important to format your card in the recorder
    hope this helps

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    Ho do I empty my SD card

    Format the memory card using the "Format Media" command in the Setup menu.

    If you need a manual, you may download a copy here. The Setup menu is described beginning on page 44, with Format Media on page 51.

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    FIRMWARE for Sanyo xacti vpc-hd2000!?

    Updating Firmware on Xacti HD2000

    This page explains how to download and install the firmware update for the VPC-HD2000.
    • This firmware is for the VPC-HD2000 only. Please do not install it on another model.
    • By installing this firmware Greek, Swedish and Finnish will be added as new menu languages. (Please notice that for this purpose the menu languages Traditional Chinese, Simple Chinese and Korean will be deleted!)
      It is not necessary to install this firmware update when there is already the possibility of choosing Greek, Swedish or Finnish as menu language! Please check this before continuing with the update.
    • Before updating the firmware, please read through the explanations on this page.
    • Make sure to update the firmware in the order shown below.
    • The camera might not boot up properly if its power is turned off during the firmware-updating procedure.
    • Please read the accompanying licensing agreement before downloading this firmware. Downloading the firmware automatically implies your acceptance of the licensing agreement.
    • SD memory card (henceforth referred to as "card") with capacity over 8 MB.
    • Fully charged lithium ion battery.
    • Additionally, you need one of the items listed below:
      (i) A SD memory card reader (henceforth referred to as "card reader")
      (ii) A dedicated USB interface cable (shipped with the camera).
    Be sure not to take out the battery during the updating procedure (this lasts about 60 seconds).
    Avoid operating the buttons on the camera or closing the monitor unit during the updating procedure.

    I) Preparing to update (copying the firmware onto a card)

    Step I.1: Format the card on your camera*
    • Turn the camera on and set the "REC/PLAY"-button to "PLAY"
    • Press the "MENU"-button.
    • Move joystick to the left and select "OPTION MENU 3".
    • Move joystick to the right and select "FORMAT". Press the "SET"-button.
    • Select "FORMAT". Press the "SET"-button.
    • Select "YES". Press the "SET"-button.

      If you format a card, all images and data stored on that card (whether protected or not) are deleted! Please be sure to move or copy important images and data to a PC or to another card!
    Step I.2: Download the Firmware*
    • The firmware can be downloaded here.

      icon_dl1.gif Firmware Update XACTI HD2000
      s313n081.bin (7.5 MB)
      Please be sure to download the file onto a hard drive and not onto a removable location such as a card reader.
      The firmware file should be saved in a location where you can easily find it again later (e.g. save it on desktop of your computer).

    Step I.3: Copy the file "s313n081.bin" to the formatted card (from step I.1):

    The method of operation differs depending on whether you use a card reader (i) or a dedicated USB cable (ii).
    (i) When you copy the downloaded files with a card reader: (1) Put the formatted card from step I.1 in the card reader. (2) Copy the "s313n081.bin" file created on your hard disk in step I.2 to the root directory of the card.


    (ii) When you copy the downloaded files with a dedicated USB cable: (1) Connect the camera to your PC with a USB cable and turn on the camera. When you connect to your PC, please make sure the camera's USB interface is set to "Card Reader". (Please refer to "Setting the Connection Mode" on pages 7 to 8 of the Instruction Manual in the Xacti Software CD 1.0) Please make sure the camera is recognized as a removable disc. (2) Put the formatted card (from step I.1) in the camera and then copy the "s313n081.bin"-file created on your hard disk (in step I.2) to the root directory of the card.


    (3) Remove the camera from computer.
    Please read "Dismounting the Camera" on pages 9 to 11 of the Instruction Manual in the Xacti Software CD 1.0 for a description of how to disconnect the camera.

    II) Updating firmware on the camera itself

    Do not turn off the power during the updating procedure (this lasts about 60 seconds)!
    • If the power is turned off during the updating procedure, the update may not be properly completed and the camera may not start up.
    • To prevent the battery from running out during the updating procedure, please use a fully charged Lithium ion battery.
    • Do not remove the battery during the updating procedure.
    • Do not operate the buttons on the camera or close the monitor during the updating procedure.

    Step II.1: Insert the card with firmware-update file (from step I.1) into camera

    Step II.2: Turn the camera on and set the main switch to "PLAY".
    • The playback screen will be displayed.
    • If the camera is in SIMPLE mode, switch it to NORMAL mode.
    Step II.3: Press the "MENU"-button.
    • The menu screen will be displayed.
    Step II.4: Choose "OPTION MENU 3"

    Step II.5: Choose "FORMAT" from the Menu Screen, but do NOT go into "FORMAT"

    Step II.6: Move joystick to the left for more than 2 seconds.
    • The update screen will be displayed.*

      *No Update Screen
      If the update screen is not displayed, it's possible that the update file was not copied onto the card. Please refer to "Preparing to Update" to copy the update file onto the card and follow the updating procedure once more.
      If the main switch is set to "REC", the update screen will not be displayed. Make sure the main switch is set to "PLAY".
    Step II.7: Choose "YES" and press the "SET"- button.
    • Updating will start.
    • During the updating procedure, the screen will show the message, "LOADING. DO NOT POWER OFF", and the access light will flash.
      Please do NOT turn the power off during the updating procedure! (this takes about 60 seconds).
    Step II. 8: When the updating procedure is completed, the camera will turn off automatically.
    • Please remember to format the memory card once more before using it again.

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    There should not be anything to install when inserting an SD card, all you do is put the card in the card slot. If you tell it to format you have to go into the menu first and tell the camera which you are referring to the card or the harddrive. If you didnt change the setting to SD card when you did give it the format command than that is why your data was lost. If you are having an SD card error make sure that the little slide switch on the card is set as not to protect the card that will give the error sometimes. I hope this helps

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    "please insert memory card in GZ-MG130U CAMACORDER

    Hi there.
    The hard drive will be full so you will need to transfer all your videos to your PC then format the hard drive in the camera's menu, make sure the SD card is removed before you format it.

    Good luck and thanks for using FixYa!!

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    Any normal SD card will work but the hd SD cards will not format in this camera!

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    The instruction manual should have instructions on how to set it to use the SD or DVD. I'll have to find myself a copy and figure it out for you. if you have the manual on a CD or on your computer

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    SD card

    you can try some data recovery software. You can see
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    It tells the steps how to perform data recovery.

    If above does not work, you may have to format the memory card (use quick format), and then use sd card recovery software to scan again the memory card and recover your files.

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    You can use the MEMORY FORMAT functions to completely delete all images and options on the Memory Card, including protected images. * The format function restores the Memory Card to its initial state. * The Memory Card supplied with this camcorder has been formatted already. Attention If you execute the MEMORY FORMAT function, all images will be erased completely and erased images cannot be recovered. 1. Set the mode switch to MEMORY CARD. 2. Set the power switch to PLAYER mode. 3. Press the MENU button. 4. Turn the MENU DIAL to highlight MEMORY and press the ENTER button. The sub menu will appear. 5. Select FORMAT from the list and press the ENTER button. 6. "ALL FILES ARE DELETED! FORMAT REALLY?" appears on the screen. 7. Using the MENU DIAL, select the item. NO : To return to previous menu YES : To start formatting. 8. Press the ENTER button. If you selected the YES, COMPLETE! appears on the screen when the MEMORY CARD formatting is finished. 9. To exit the menu, push the MENU button.

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