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CF cards stopped working

Twice this has happened, once with SanDisk Ultra II 8GB and once withExtreme III 4GB. My camera is a Canon 5D.
I shot a load of pictures, took the CF card out and inserted it into the slot in my computer. In the case of the 4GB, I downloaded the pics and put the disc back into the camera to format. The camera says CF card not formatted. I tried formatting it with the computer but the computed just says "duh-there's nothing here!"
The 8GB just happened yesterday. The computer didn't even recognize it to download. Back in the camera - same message.

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  • gbuzzell May 24, 2008

    Thanks dilipbagdi, but NEITHER the camera nor the computer recognize the card. Except for the once (and in despiration) I have never tried to use the computer to format a card.

    This lack of recognition happened spontaneously. Suddenly, and for no reason I can tell, the card went silent.

    Cheers, Jerry

  • gbuzzell May 26, 2008

    Dear Dilipbagdi,
    I managed to find a card reader and computer which would recognize the cards and allowed me to download the missing pics from the 8GB card. Then I reformatted them using FAT32. Result - nada! Camera still doesn't recognize that the card is formatted and refuses to format the card itself.
    ??????
    Cheers, Jerry

  • gbuzzell May 26, 2008

    Dear Bestdarngood,
    Thank you for your suggestion. I haven't been able to track down the Microtech card reader yet but I'll go searching tonight. Al Ain is a bit of a backwater; I'm hoping I don't have to go to Dubai or Abu Dhabi to find it.
    I'll let you know when and if I get things working. I did manage to get the cards recognized on my computer with a Sandisc ImageMate reader so I could get my pics off. Tried reformatting and it didn't work.
    Thanks for the advice. I'll keep you posted.
    Cheers, Jerry

  • gbuzzell May 26, 2008

    Dear Jaimie867,
    I managed to find a card reader and computer which would recognize the cards and allowed me to download the missing pics from the 8GB card. Then I reformatted them using FAT32. Result - nada! Camera still doesn't recognize that the card is formatted and refuses to format the card itself.
    ??????
    Cheers, Jerry

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Post 4 , bad advice, read page 83 in the Fuji S602 manual.


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Hello friend
Actually the problem is with the file system ,there is no problem with your card and computer ,you must keep in mind that what file system is used by your device i.e either camera or any other device ,as far as possible all the device uses FAT file system..to know this in MY COMPUTER > Right Click the Card and select properties > there you will see the file system option and next to it will your card file system .so if you want to format a card ,just format it in your device if you get the option to format the card ,so if the device formats it , it will format it with the file system it supports ..but if you are unable just attach it with your pc .right click on that and select properties than you will come to know about file system...now to format it in pc right click on it and select format > a box will appear there you will get optiio to select filesystem .select the file system that is supported by your camera and format it ................................
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Buy or borrow one of Zio or CameraMate card readers from Microtech (http://www.microtechint.com) with latest driver and format your card in the reader. The name of file is SMPREP.EXE for SM card and CFPREP.EXE for CF card. Once the driver is installed the program will start automatically when you start to format a card in the reader through Windows Explorer. After the format, insert the card into the camera and turn the switch on. The camera should recognize the card.
I've seen a 64MB SM card started to work again this way after it was accidentally formated with Windows Exlorer which was using a PCMCIA adapter. The card was not recognized in the camera or CameraMate reader with older driver. The card in PCMCIA adapter woked fine for copying, deleting and reading files though.
I believe Windows formats cards in 32 bit while the camera formats in 12 bit.
That is why you need to format the card with special FORMAT software once you used the card in the computer and want to use it in the digital camera.
At the moment the Microtech card reader with their latest driver is the only product I know of that can format SM and CF cards outside of the camera.
Someone else may know about the products from the other manufacturers which will format SM and CF cards and you can use them in the camera.


Please let me know if you have any further questions or need any more help as I would be glad to do what I can.


good luck

Posted on May 24, 2008

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    Benjamin Patri May 24, 2008

    Hi Jerry, Since you only responded to the first solution, I'm wondering if you saw mine which is the only one that will work with your specific situation since nothing recognizes this card.

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    Benjamin Patri May 27, 2008

    You could try this.....leave the card out of the camera and turn it on,
    you should get a message to insert a card.....turn the camera off and
    insert your card....if you get the format card box appear, try it via
    the setup in your menu rather than pressing yes, if that's what
    appears....if that doesn't work, if you know someone with a camera that
    takes sd cards, my D80 does, see if the card can be formatted in
    another camera, then try it in yours, if you get no error, then
    reformat the card in your camera...you should always format cards in
    the camera to avoid any issues.....also check that the card is not locked just in case, check the tab on the side of the card to ensure that it isn't

    let me know how this goes


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Hi friend

make shoure your cam supports dvd -r or +r your dvd is rewitable if not then u cant do anyting

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You should try to format it to FAT32 not FAT only.

Posted on May 24, 2008

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