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7D and CF2 Card Problem

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I put a 8Gb CF2 card in my 7D and it wanted to format it. Even though I already formated it to fat32 on my computer. The 7D gave up and said it couldn't format it? I pulled the card and scanned it for errors on my computer. Everything is correct. Why cant 7D read it? (Seagate 8GB ST1.2)

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  • neilouise Mar 01, 2008

    I did format it with my computer and it worked but only on the computer. I could add and remove pictures on the card. When in the camera it could not read or attempt to. I have talked to a camera shop tech and he said the problem is voltage. A segate ST1.2 8Gb requires more power to read than the camera can handle. The camera can handle any size CF1 cards fine. CF2 cards up to 4Gb is about the max. Anything over than and you are taxing the system. His advice was to stick with CF1 cards. CF2 are lower priced too. Bummer! The next generation 7D is said to handle it. $1,400 Sony A700 is a little pricey to test it out.

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I know it says to format the card in-camera but have you simply tried to use the card with the computer format? I have several 4 Gb cards for my camera (7D) and I have occasionally used the computer format without noticing any problems. Maybe you'll get lucky too.

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