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Compact flash disk

Canon powershot G3 is sending message "card full" when my 512mb SanDisk is absolutely empty. If I try to view a picture on the so-called 'card full' camera it says "no images". I've been using it for 3 years with no problems. I switched to another card and it worked fine. So should I just throw out the one that keeps being identified as 'card full'? Do they wear out?

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  • geenie Feb 18, 2008

    this was better than helpful. It took care of the problem. This was my first posting - sorry I mismarked the rating.

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Yes they can and do go bad on occasion. But before throwing it out, attempt to format it in your camera. Find the menu selection that allows you to do a "full" or "low level" format, NOT a "quick" format. If the card still misbehaves, then it's time to retire that card.

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