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Flip video camcorder says camcorder full and then camcorder empty

I have a mac, I erased my flipvideo images via the mac trash can (oh what a mistake) after transferring them to the mac.

Now I get the stupid message that the camcorder is empty, and when Itry and shoot anything, I get a message its full. Did you ever find theanswer?

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  • Anonymous Jul 17, 2008

    same problem

    Solution?

  • bachFiddle Aug 16, 2008

    Same thing. won't play "empty" message. Won't record "full" message.

  • Anonymous Aug 16, 2008

    same thing!!! it's schizo!!!

  • newsroom Oct 11, 2008

    Same problem. But I must say, I do love the Flip.

  • Anonymous Dec 12, 2008

    same

  • kellbell614 Dec 25, 2008

    Um...hi.
    My mac won't let me empty the trash to get the minutes back!
    HELP!

  • Anonymous Mar 06, 2009

    horrible././ 2 bad situations.. rather use me MARK2.
    :( GRRRRRR

  • fmadigan2651 Mar 13, 2009

    Yes. My camera says I only have 7 minutes to record when it is completely empty. (Mino-HD)

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2009

    exact same problem - says empty if I try to send to trash, says full if I try to record

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2009

    THANKS Newsroom, great tip, totally solved the problem.

  • patritto Apr 24, 2009

    I get camcorder empty and then camcorder full when I try to record.

  • Anonymous Apr 29, 2009

    This so solved my problem. I have the flip and kept saying that memory was full when i only had 10 seconds of video recorded. After clearing the trash can on my desktop after plugging in the flip it works perfectly

  • muffetmcphai May 04, 2009

    I saved videos from my Flip Mino HD onto my Mac then deleted the folders.  Now my camcorder says it is full, but there is nothing in my folder.  What do I do?  I was able to use my Flip video ONE day.

  • John JB Russell
    John JB Russell Mar 09, 2015

    Whoop Whoop! Had this issue for over a year (I gave up and put it in a drawer) but this fixed it. Thanks so much!

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I found the solution!
Just put the Flip camera back into any computer on which you deleted files — then, with the Flip camera still attached, empty your trash bin.
All of the time comes right back. The only catch is if you have deleted files on many different computers. At some point, you will have to go back to those computers, insert the Flip, empty the trash and then you'll get your minutes back.
It's awesome. I am back in love with the Flip.
GERSH

Posted on Oct 11, 2008

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  • Feetsie May 25, 2011

    "Newsroom". you just made my day! My purse spilled my Flip onto a hard floor surface. Thereafter I got the Camcorder full/Camcorder empty message. I missed out on recording a very special event but I'm so glad to have my Flip restored. Can't thank you enough.

  • Susan Jun 13, 2012

    This just got me my 60 minutes back. Thanks!!!

  • 7rpenalbondi
    7rpenalbondi Jul 21, 2012

    omg you just saved my life!!! this is amazing!! thank you thank you thank you. i got all my time back

  • R Wolfe Oct 03, 2012

    me too - you rock!

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Had "camcorder full", "camcorder empty" message.
Plugged Flip into PC, right clicked on Flip Video under My Computer, selected "format", waited 10 seconds, pulled it out, turned it on and it was fixed! Thanks!

Posted on Jul 26, 2010

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    roccoboschi Dec 31, 2012

    You're a Jam Denius Barnz! why didnt I think of that?

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I had this same problem and even after deleting my trash on my MacBook Pro, I still got the Camcorder Full, Camcorder Empty error messages.
I used the Mac's Disk Utility to erase the Flip drive and it worked like a charm.

Posted on Jul 03, 2010

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  • elliejane Nov 06, 2010

    I have a Mac and tried everything including using Terminal, but nothing worked and this did. Just go into Disk Utility and erase the disk. Worked like a charm!

  • lia dee Oct 15, 2012

    I have a MacBook and a FlipPure Digital. I didn't want to erase everything in my Trash. So this works great! Thanks. Keep your Flip connected via USB. Go to Applications. Go to Utilities. Go to Disk Utility. Highlight the 'Flip video camcorder media' in the left side. Click on Erase tab. Click on Erase button. 'Eject' Flip Video camera. Voila!

  • lia dee Oct 15, 2012

    I have a MacBook and a FlipPure Digital. I didn't want to erase everything in my Trash. So this works great! Thanks. Keep your Flip connected via USB. Go to Applications. Go to Utilities. Go to Disk Utility. Highlight the 'Flip video camcorder media' in the left side. Click on Erase tab. Click on Erase button. 'Eject' Flip Video camera. Voila!

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    lilliancsmit Nov 16, 2012

    Woop! Awesome :) Worked for me too.

  • Seth Macy Aug 23, 2013

    I had this problem with like 15 of these that students had used. Disk utility on Mac worked for every one of them! Thanks

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Naw I'm not sure how to do it on a mac. Because that is what I use the most, but I found a way to solve the problem on a PC. Just right-click the camcorder on "My Computer" Click format and change to default settings and click ok. It takes a while, but it should work!

Posted on Dec 13, 2009

  • buddysms345 Dec 13, 2009

    I am not sure how to do this on an iMac. But on a PC Just right click the Flip on "My Computer" then click "Format" Then Chose Default Settings from the Window that pops up and you're done. It might take a while, but it works.

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Crazy, but it works!!! I had the same exact issue. The camera said "camcorder full" even though I had erased or downloaded all the video off the device. I plugged it back into the same computer and emptied the trash - and it worked.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009

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Worked for me too. Thanks. Initially flip Ultra said I had 15 minutes left - after attaching it to USB and THEN emptying the Trash (on my MAC), when I removed the Flip and restarted it, Hey presto 2 hors time are back. Very grateful.

Posted on Jul 03, 2010

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Hey- I had the same problem. I contacted Flip support but figured it a way before they returned support ticked... Here's what I did... I inserted my Flip Ultra HD unit into computer. Empty trash can (Mac) while Flip was still attached. Ejected Flip and removed. Tried the record button and it worked like magic. Thanks a bunch!

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

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Thanks...I emptied by trash folder and it solved the problem. Please note I had the flip CONNECTED to the mac when I did this. I then ejected the flip (didn't just remove).

Posted on Oct 08, 2010

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What has happened? - computer was used to erase the video - you should use the FlipVideo trash
When connected to a Mac and you delete files they are stored in .Trashes folder. This is a hidden folder. To clear the hidden folder: (This can be dangerous!) - Go to utilities - launch Terminal - Type: CD /volumes/flipvideo rm -R .Trashes
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  1. Turn on Flip
  2. Connect Flip to computer via USB
  3. Open Recycle Bin
  4. Left hand side find Computer and LEFT click
  5. Find Flip under Devices with Removable Storage
  6. Move mouse over Flip and Right Click once
  7. In drop down box Left click Format
  8. In Format FLIPVIDEO box Left Click Restore device defaults
  9. Click start button
  10. Bo x will appear WARNING:Formating will erase All dataon this disk.Click OK
  11. 20 to 30 Seconds later another box will appear saying Format Complete.Click Ok
  12. unplug Flip from computer
  13. Restart Flip
  14. FIXED
  15. Hope someone finds this helpful

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  • Gary Gerrard Sep 07, 2013

    1. Turn on Flip
    2. Connect Flip to computer via USB
    3. Open Recycle Bin
    4. Left hand side find Computer and LEFT click
    5. Find Flip under Devices with Removable Storage
    6. Move mouse over Flip and Right Click once
    7. In drop down box Left click Format
    8. In Format FLIPVIDEO box Left Click Restore device defaults
    9. Click start button
    10. Bo x will appear WARNING:Formating will erase All dataon this disk.Click OK
    11. 20 to 30 Seconds later another box will appear saying Format Complete.Click Ok
    12. unplug Flip from computer
    13. Restart Flip
    14. FIXED
    15. Hope someone finds this helpful

  • Jennifer Darnley
    Jennifer Darnley Feb 12, 2014

    this will not affect the files in th flip library that have been downloaded alread correct?

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With windows vista OS, and after all else had failed(reset button never worked properly) solved the loss of record time problem by reformated the memory in the MinoHD using my computer.

Connect camcorder to usb port on computer,Click start,computer,under drives right click on flip drive, on drop down menu click on format this drive. Took a while to complete by it worked,

Flip support is not good.There are many other problems with the camcorder you have yet to happen.,regardless of how well it's working now.

Flip support just strings you along ,wanting you to send it back to them 4 every little problem, until the warranty expires , then they want to charge you for those pre-programmmed errors that haunt this bugg filled crapcorder! It's poor QC that they let pass but have decided instead to exploit it in favor of squeezing some more money out of you.

I'm a electronic tech and I tell you that the necessary actions I took to solving all the problems that plauged my unit , will void the warranty.

If you are not a tech , the best advice I can offer any non-tech owner is to SELL IT, and don't waste any more time or money on it,or contact the FTC.

Posted on May 13, 2010

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If you have a mac rename the the folder the trash is in then unplug your flip while its unplugged empty the trash on your desktop when its empty plug back in your flip ,and delete the file you renamed . it worked for me hope it helps

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In windows 7 I navigated to the flip via my computer and hit the "eject" button and got all my time back.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012

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SOLUTION: *plug flip into the computer that you usually use with the flip (the one you use when charging, deleting/editing videos, etc.)
*Go to your trash bin and delete everything with the flip still plugged in.
*Unplug the flip once trash is empty and it should work perfectly.
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Posted on Jun 16, 2011

Yeah, it totally works. Seems like there should be a way to delete some file on the flip hard drive to achieve the same results.

What if you already deleted the files in the trash of the computer you emptied them too? Does it still reset the time on the flip, without those files in the trash?

Posted on Oct 22, 2008

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