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Memory care error

When I turn the camera on, after just taking pictures these words come up "This card cannot be used" what should I do? Do I need to format the memory card disc or just buy a new memory card disc?

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  • ardentbuzz Jul 25, 2008

    I have

  • ardentbuzz Jul 25, 2008

    I have had the same problem (1gb Scandisc card)

    I reformatted it the it was fixded for a few photos but the problem came back. I have ordered a new Card (kingston 1gb) and will post here if the problem persists however when i borrowed a friends card it seemed to work fine so will post here in a few days when i get the new card

  • AAA125 Feb 26, 2009

    I was taking pictures the other night at my school, and then my batteries were dying. But I still needed pictures, so whenever the screen would say "Warning, battery exhausted" it would turn off, and I'd turn it back on, take more pictures until it'd show that screen, and turn off again. I kept doing that, and it kept working out fine until the end of the show when it did it one last time, I turned it back on and it said that the memory card held no data or it couldn't be read or something. So I went home, got new batteries, plugged it into my computer with the USB cord, and the pictures showed up. I haven't used it since then, and that was last night. Tonight I took a picture of something, and it worked for awhile, then showed a screen saying "Cannot use memory card" or something like that. This is my second memory card, and the first one eventually did this too. Is the problem from my camera or the cards?



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You will probably have to reformat the SD card. This can happen once in a while as SD cards are often subjected to a lot on trips etc.

Tips to good removable device use:

  1. Careful storing your camera for extended periods of time in extreme heat or cold.
  2. When not using an SD card for an extended period of time remove it from the camera and store it in a plastic SD card case or other storage container away from magnets, microwaves, and household pets.
  3. When removing your camera from the computer, use the safely remove device utility in Windows, don't just yank it out.
  4. Large capacity SD cards mean more data to lose. SD cards are like floppy disks, do not rely on your SD card to archive photos, documents, etc. Backup SD cards to your drive or burn them to CD frequently.

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    If recovery of the pictures is a big deal or if the media will not allow you to reformat. SD cards operate like any removable media. Many of the utilities made for hard drive and disk drive recovery will also work on your SD card.

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    All SD cards are not created equal. Not only that, but I've found that the camera "format" feature is not always all that good. Some Kodak and Canon are proprietary, some use PC dos, some format it like a floppy (FAT16), others like a disk (FAT32 or even NTFS). This may be contributing to your misery.

    If your camera will support it, I would format your SD card on a Windows XP machine and make sure that the camera is set to act as a USB drive and not PTP.



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