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Re: how to format the drive without deleting the...
are you sure it is formatted prior to using it. sometimes cards are not formatted when bought. also depending where it was formatted and on what, in a camera or another device it could be slightly out of whack with the read head of another device, so that it sees it as blank and requiring formatting
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If you have already put files on it, initializing will most likely delete everything!
I assume "initialize" refers to Windows asking if it should format the hard drive.
If your drive is suddenly not recognized, the filesystem has probably gone bad. This can happen if you disconnect the drive while data is still being written to it. For this reason you should always "safely remove" USB drives.
If the filesystem is corrupted and cannot be accessed, you might be able to save your data by using special recovery software. One tool of the trade is the commandline-based "testdisk" utility for Linux, which I have succesfully used to restore entire filesystems without any data loss.
If you want to rescue your data, the worst thing you can do now is to initialize the drive or use it in any way that changes the content.
If you don't care whether the content is deleted, just initialize it or do whatever it takes for it to be recognized.
Please state if you want help on restoring your data.
You cannot format any disk without losing everything. When you format a drive you are essintally bringing it back to the state of it's first use. If you can, transfer the data to another storage device until after the format.
To delete all the contents off the camera / media card you will need to navigate to the format option in the camera menu. Press menu then settings then format. NOTE this will delete EVERYTHING off the card.
To upload video files to your computer try taking the card out of the camera and connect it to your computers card reader (or buy one if you need) and open up the removable drive in my computer, copy the files you need onto the PC hard drive from the removable drive. You could also use the Intelli-studio software that came with the camera to transfer video files.
You cannot format c drive while windows is running. If your operating system is in c drive then you need an operating system disk to reinstall and while doing this you will be asked to format your c drive
If you want to format c drive without loosing data then simply transfer your data to another drive on your computer and use operating system disk to bot your computer
Wait for the setup files to load and choose fresh installation option
You will be asked to choose the drive to install OS and you can select c drive
Then you will be available with an option to format c drive and install OS
It will not effect other drives on e computer and your data is safe
After installation of OS you can browse through other drives to retrieve your data.
Hope this helps or you can ask for clarification if you need
Can you access other folders on the same device?
If so, copy the contents of those folders onto your computer,
and burn a CD-R or DVD-recordable disk.
If _none_ of the folders are accessible, then use 'www.google.com' to search for "recover digital storage memory cards".
There is software that reads, page-by-page, and can "rebuild"
the table-of-contents, after reviewing all the pages in the volume.
Did you want to put more pictures on top of what you have now? Or wipe the whole card?
If you want more pics on the card itself on top of what you have. Your either going to have to make space by deleting some or reducing their quality and or size.
To wipe the card.. just delete it all. Or format it through "My Computer" however you may need it to be in a certain format such as FAT32. So if you dont know anything about this just delete the contents on the card without formating.