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Go into the camera menu and find "format"..follow the on-screen instructions.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010

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When isert flash card i get err2 sign


According with the manual:

Err 02: There is a problem with the CF card. Do one of the following: Remove and reload the CF card, use another CF card, or format the CF card.


Try formatting the CF card in the camera, if that doesn't work use a card reader to format it in your PC then format it again in the camera. If that doesn't work try a different CF card.

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Mar 22, 2011 | Canon Cameras

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Im getting a Err 002 which means something is wrong with my CF. I have had it for 5 years and no problems until now. I tried to reformat but my camera will not let me into the menu option with the CF in...


I agree the problem is the CF card. I'd like to add that it must have several back to back corrupt files to be refusing formatting. As much as I teach/lecture not to do this I also agree that to save that card place it in a memory card reader and format the card in the computer. Check before hand to see if there are usable pictures and load them to a new file folder before formatting. Once formatting has been completed in the computer check that all pins are in correct and serviceable condition in the card reader slot in the camera before install it back into the camera. Then reformat the CF card in the camera. Each time pictures are downloaded to the computer a CF card should be formatted.
Deleting pictures just causes a huge amount of problems if done repeatedly in favor of formatting.
I'm including some diagrams to show where the formatting mode is located on your camera.
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Jan 01, 2011 | Canon Digital Rebel / EOS-300D Digital...

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I get a memory card error even though it has a card installed


http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/digital_cameras/powershot_a_series/powershot_a70#ServiceAndSupport

Issue: Memory card Error
Solution: Try a different memory card and/or Reformat memory card PowerShot A70


Formatting a CF Card You should always format a new CF card or one from which you wish to erase all images and other data.
caution_a70.gifPlease note that formatting a CF card erases all data, including protected images and other file types. Please check the contents of the CF card before formatting it.
  1. Turn the power on.

  2. Press the <MENU> button and select [ tools_icon.gif(Set up)] using direction_arrow_lt.gifor direction_arrow_rt.gif.

    format_menu_1.gif

  3. Select format_icon_a70.gif(Format) using direction_arrow_up.gifor direction_arrow_down.gifand press the <SET> button.

    format_menu_2.gif

  4. Select [OK] using direction_arrow_lt.gifor direction_arrow_rt.gifand press the <SET> button.

    format_menu_3.gif

    • To cancel formatting instead, select [Cancel] and press the <SET> button.
    • The capacity of the CF card displayed after formatting will be less than the rated capacity of the CF card. This is not a malfunction of the CF card or camera.


  5. Press the <MENU> button.
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  • If the camera does not work properly, the inserted CF card may be malfunctioning. Reformatting the CF card may solve the problem.
  • When a non-Canon brand CF card is malfunctioning, reformatting it may solve the problem.
  • CF cards formatted in another camera, computer or peripheral device may not operate correctly. When that happens, reformat the CF card with this camera.

Aug 03, 2010 | Canon PowerShot A70 Digital Camera

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Unable to format CF card


Try formatting it on your computer...make sure you are formatting "that" drive and not your C drive.

Mar 19, 2010 | Canon EOS 40D Digital Camera

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I installed a new cf card in my canon camera. It says "card not formatted" and when I try to format it, it says "cannot format. change CF card". what gives?


Check if you're using a compatible CF card in the Camera. You can look in the user manual of the Camera to check for the compatible CF cards.
If the CF card that you're using is compatible but not working in the Camera then try using the card in other Camera to determine if the issue is with the card.

If the Card works normally in other Camera or device then reset the Camera to the original factory settings.
Even after resetting the Camera to the original factory settings if the CF card doesn't work in the Camera then you may try using any other compatible CF card to determine if the issue is with the CF card reader in the Camera.

Oct 30, 2009 | Cameras

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Canon rebel xt error messages


error 99 can most times be remedied by taking a standard pencil eraser and carefully cleaning the gold contacts at the back of the lens and the gold maching contacts in the lens opening of the camera... BE CAREFUL not to let eraser crumbs into your camera... keep it clean... reset the battery and give it a whirl.... did it solve the 99 issue?
for the CF it refers to the cf card... here's what I've found on this:
Canon reports that this error code may appear on your digital camera’s LCD (liquid-crystal display) when there is an error reading from or writing to the inserted CF (CompactFlash) card. This error code occurs most often after a user has tried to eject a CF card before the camera has finished writing data to the card.Solution:
Canon suggests that you first try to use a different CF card. If you do not see the error message when you use the new CF card, the first card is probably damaged.

Before you take the next step, drag the files from the CF card to a location on your hard drive to back up the files. Next, you can use Windows’ ScanDisk utility to check the CF card for errors. If you use a Mac, you can use Disk Utility (in Applications\Utilities\) in OS X.

If ScanDisk or Disk Utility fails to resolve the CF card problem, insert the CF card in your camera again. Then format the CF card. On most Canon cameras, you can do this by pressing the Menu button, selecting the Format tab, highlighting Format, selecting Format, and choosing Yes. Make sure you have backed up the data on the card before you do this. Formatting the card will delete the images from the card. After you format the card in your camera, use ScanDisk or Disk Utility to check the CF card again. If you still encounter errors while using ScanDisk or Disk Utility, you should discard the CF card because it is damaged.

If the error still occurs after following the steps above, your camera may need repair. Contact Canon’s technical support for further assistance.

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When the CF card is inserted it says ERR CF There is a problem with the CF Card Replace the CF Card. However when I take the card to get pictures printed it seems to work......is it the card or the...


if card is clean with no pics on it format memory card in camera and see if message goes away-if not i would assume camera-remember format delets all pics!

Jul 20, 2008 | Canon Cameras

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Scandisk curropt


You'll need a CF reader/adaptor for your computer, and software such as this

http://www.softwarepatch.com/software/smartrecovery.html

 

Just type "recover CF card data" and you'll find a host of downloads.

Oct 18, 2007 | Canon Rebel XT / EOS 350D Digital Camera

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CF card problem


Perform the following procedures if your camera does not detect a CF card. 1. Restart your camera. - Set the camera's power switch to and remove the batteries. - Open the CF card slot cover to make sure the CF card is securely set in the card slot. - Insert the batteries and turn the power switch . 2. Format a CF card. Format the CF card with your camera. Refer to the Camera User Guide supplied with your camera for instructions on formatting your card. 3. Check if your camera detects other CF cards (If you own multiple CF cards.) If your camera does not detect a CF card after performing the procedures 1 and 2 above, the card that wasn't detected may have a defect.

Aug 29, 2005 | Canon EOS-20D Digital Camera with 17-85mm...

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Error 30


The "E30" error code is displayed when reading/writing data on a CF card has failed. Especially, the error code "E30" may appears when you tried to remove a CF card while the camera was processing data. Solution To clear the "E30" error, try performing the following procedure. 1. Try using another CF card. If you have another CF card, try loading it in the camera. If the error code is not displayed when the other CF card is loaded, there may be something wrong with the first one rather than with the camera. 2. Use your computer's ScanDisk utility to check the CF card for errors. Use ScanDisk to check the CF card for card error or card failure. Refer to the instruction manual for your operating system or Windows Help for further instructions. (If you are using a Macintosh, use the "Disk First Aid" program to check for card error or card failure. Refer to the instruction manual for your Macintosh OS for further information.) Be sure to back up the data on the CF card on the computer before you check the CF card. If a card error or card failure occurs when you use your computer's ScanDisk, there is something wrong with the CF card. Follow ScanDisk's on-screen instructions to solve the problem. 3. Format the CF card with your camera Try to format the CF card with your camera. Please refer to the "Camera User Guide" for your camera for instructions on formatting CF cards. Also, please note that formatting a CF card will erase all data on the card. Once the CF card is formatted, follow the procedure described in step 2 above and use your computer's ScanDisk on your computer to check the CF card for errors. If a card error or card failure occurs when you are using computer's ScanDisk, there is something wrong with the CF card.

Aug 29, 2005 | Canon PowerShot A310 Digital Camera

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