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D-380 smartmedia card formatting

Greetings Gurus,

I tried to download pictures from my smartmedia card and my computer somehow unformatted the smartcard. I was able to recover the pictures from the card using PC inspector. But now the computer can read the card, but the camera can't. When I put the card in the camera it keeps asking me to format the card. When I say yes, it says "card error".

How do I format the card to work in the camera again?

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Carl
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There is something alled the CIS header on Smartmedia cards. If that is missing or damaged, any compliant Smartmedia device will not let you use the card. Many card readers are not Compliant and thus ignore the CIS block.

It is advisable to not try and "recycle" cards with a damaged CIS block by using them in a non complying card reader because of one of the reasons why the CIS block is there is to ensure something called the bad block table is present on the card as well. The bad block table maps the locations of bad memory cells and prevents writing to them so the card will apear 100% good. All cards have some bad cells from the factory even. Most likely the bad block table will be missing as well and your non complant card reader will end up writing over bad memory cells which will cause future read errors and data loss.

You would need access to a compliant Smartmdia reader that is compatible with the SMPREP (or similar) formatting utility to fix problem smartmedia cards. SMPREP fixes the CIS block and scans the entire card for bad memory cells and updates the bad block table.

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