Please read these/the 2 posts that I posted prior for a
similar XD mem card problem, as I firmly believe you are "formatting"
your mem card improperly using your home computer instead of
"formatting" the card on your camera.
Also the XD type card & size are very important also!!
What you will have to do is read and download the photos you have on
that XD card using the same "card reader" you used before and then
properly "re-format" that card in your "CAMERA ONLY". This should solve
your XD card problems.
Not knowing what model Olympus camera you have, or how old it is - your
new memory card "format" problem is one of 3 possibilities.
1st - If you have an older Olympus camera more
then 4-5 years old the newer M & H series type cards over 256mb
will probably not work in your older camera, as by the camera's
internal firmware chip design of the camera itself. Some cameras were
upgradeable some weren't as to the internal firmware chip as well as
available software drivers depending on which computer OS system you
were using ie: (WIN98SE, WIN2000, etc). Has to do with the memory card
read/write chip speed as well, and also has to do with the physical
storage size of the card itself. Some digital cameras were MAXED OUT at
512mb cards, some as low as 256mb. A 2gb card simple won't work in
that/your camera in that case.
If you read the camera's user manual it will possibly tell you this, or
else go online to www.olympusamerica.com and use this link:
which cameras are compatible
Select camera model series and scroll down the model # and research the
max card size & type you can use (3 basic XD card speed types
available - regular XD - M type - H type).
If you are using the wrong type & size card you will need to return
that card (if you can) and get the right XD size & type for your
2nd - You should always FORMAT (same as ERASE ALL and FORMAT modes on
most Olympus cameras) the new card, or any XD card for that matter in
your camera itself. NOT THE HOME COMPUTER!!! The 2 format procedures
are not the same!!
If you are re-shooting (re-using) the same XD card over and over again
and then downloading the JPEG pix directly to the computer using a USB
interface cable there usually is no need to re-format the card again as
long as the XD card stays the camera and is not downloaded into a home
computer via a "card reader". If you do the latter "card reader" then I
would advise doing a card re-format in the camera again just to be
And lastly - If your home computer recognizes the XD card via a good
"card reader" (do not FORMAT the XD card here btw, as you are just
checking the card out to see it is GOOD is all), but the camera will
not then that is a good sign your camera is OK, but it's just the wrong
type & size XD card.
Hope this helps solve your camera XD problem not knowing which model
Follow up to previous post:
I didn't have the time to access the exact link below to check on your
specific 2004 model year camera because I missed the Fuji camera model
part, as I'm brand new to this site - so please forgive my previous
I was right though in my initial posted assumption that you bought the
wrong XD memory card based on your Fuji FinePix A330 Digital Camera -
as to it's older model year - in that your camera is limited to a
512mb memory card.
Make sure you buy the 512mb standard card if you still can find them.
Otherwise check with Fuji Corp to make sure the M type card (faster
read/write chip) will work in your specific model. The M type cards
work just fine in my Olympus C-740 even though it was told to me they
wouldn't work at all, but each digital camera is slightly different as
to it's internal firmware (BIOS) chip.
See the following camera info for your specific model at the link below under Storage Media:
Steves Digicams - Fujifilm FinePix A330 - User Review
I hope this now clears up any prior confusion from the previous post.