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Card cannot be used error message.

I turned my camera on and I get the message "card cannot be use" I have many pictures on this card and all of the sudden I receive this message. How can I retrieve the pictures off the card?

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  • mgolechha Jan 02, 2008

    I have the same problem. I opened the camera and it started working. But when i put the screws on it stopped working. I am not sure why.



    Manish G.

  • terimony Jul 06, 2008

    My camera reads warning card can not be read. help

  • bhagenbeek Aug 16, 2008

    I also have a Nikon cam, but is also says it. But when I went down to the shop and they placed another SD-unit in it, it suddenly worked again. So it has to do with the format of the card.

    You'll have to format it to a Nikon format I guess

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2009

    my sandisk 256 memory card says "card cannot be used" message

    but i have lot of picture on this card

  • denisebai471
    denisebai471 Feb 01, 2013

    This Card Cannot Be Used.....is the message I keep getting when I turn my camera on. It is the original memory card and I don't keep any photos in the camera, I delete them as soon as I download them into my computer. Why am I getting this error?

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