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Olympus xd card formatting problems.

I have an olympus 2g xd card. when i format it in camera and then take photos , i can't upload them to computer thru card reader. i get a message from the computer telling me that the card is not formatted.if i format in computer then the camera (olympus e-500) tells me it's not formatted.i've been getting around the problem by copying the xd images to the cf card in camera.this is a nuicance though, so i'm wondering why won't my computer not recognize the camera formatted xd as formatted. this happens with all my xd cards so i know its not the cards.

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  • davidhodges May 28, 2009

    i just tried the xd card in another card reader and computer and it had no problem. i guess the problem is with the computer or card reader.

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If you like the camera and XD cards then I would use the USB cable to download the photos from the camera. When you plug the USB cale into the camera and then into the computer, the computer should recognize the camera and set it up as another disk drive. Copy or move the pictures from the card to your Photo location. Use the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the system tray to disconnect the camera and your done. The camera can format the XD card and the computer can read it through the camera.

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  • John Moore May 29, 2009

    Most of those little cards are fragile. I leave mine in my camera and hook up my camera,mI have killed 3 SD cards gently inserting and removing from computers and camera. Glad you have found out what is wrong though.

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