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Card not initializing

Is there any possible way to initialize my card without losing all the pictures that i have saved on it?

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Re: card not initializing

Initializing (or formatting) the card, by definition, removes all data (this includes pictures) from the card. When formatting a memory card, by all practical purposes you are making it blank.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Jan 07, 2008

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How to initialized this card with out losing my pictures.

Not sure what you mean here. Have you already initialised the card and lost photos or do you want to initialise it without losing pictures already on it?
If it's the first part you need to use some recovery software to get your pictures back.
If its the second - you can't. Initialising a card will wipe the photos - and then you are back at 1 and will have to use some recovery software.
The only way you can do it is to copy all the photos off the card first - then it doesn'r matter.
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You just need to reformat the card, which you can do through the camera.  I sometimes get this problem with my memory card when I take it out of my card reader without properly ejecting it first.  The camera will say something along the lines of "Card Not Initialized".  So, turn on your camera, hit "menu", then go to "option" (and subset "set up") , then "format" and go to the right and then click on OK and if I remember correctly, it will ask whether you really want to reformat, which you do.  Caution though---you will lose any pictures on your card by doing this.  But it should solve your problem!  Good luck! 

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