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*ist D, Microdrive problem

This has been hinted at in other threads, but could someone go into detail about how he's had success extracting a microdrive from the *ist D? My 384MB version is absolutely stuck. I've tried various methods for a couple hours, and I cannot get it out. What a terrible design! (Great camera otherwise).

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Re: *ist D, Microdrive problem

I've been using the microdrive with *Ist without any problems. To remove it, I am using my fingernail to pull it out, sticking it in the grooves at the at the edge of the drive. However it may be difficult if you have large fingers. You may want to try the same trick with the pen of a toothpick. I also read that some people make a "handle" out of the scotch tape. If your card really stuck, the only solution would be needlenose pliers.

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Re: *ist D, Microdrive problem

I'm afraid the best(?) tip means you put a piece of tape on the MD before you put it in the camera. That way you have something bigger (well...) to hold on to to pull out the MD. If I were you, I'd place something soft on a table (to catch the MD falling), find a pen, tilt the camera with the CF compartment facing down and try to push the eject button with the pen (being out of the way for the MD). Hopefully this will be enough. I really don't have any other ideas and I haven't any problems with getting my CF cards or my MD out of the camera (yet?).

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Can be lots of things. Would have been handy, if you had told what card you are using. Your camera can work with CompactFlash, Microdrive and xD-Picture cards.
If you did not insert the card(s) you are using, correct, or you removed the card in a wrong way, you could have damaged the cardholder, causing an error you probably can't repair yourself. The CF and Microdrive you can remove by pressing the eject button. The xD-Picture card you can remove by pressing in the card, and release it. The card comes out.
Then you could have damaged the file system, by opening the card cover, while the card access lamp was blinking. What ever card was in, the filesystem can be damaged.
Then you can have two cards in, Both, o CF of Microdrive and a xD picture card. Some settings are required for the camera, to know hat card it should use.
If you have an Microdrive, the drive can be damaged, by a magnetic file, or the drive just stopped rotating. A micro drive is actual a miniature spinning hard drive.

First check if the memory card is inserted correct. Eventually, remove it and check all contacts, on the card and in the camera. Then try formatting the card. If you think there could be important pictures on the card, put it in a external card reader and use a recovery program, to see you can recover the pictures on your computer. Programs can be found on the net.
If you can't format the card, check if you have a Microdrive. If so, try to replace that with a CF or xD card.
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