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Unable to delete from the camera itself

A few weeks ago, we started taking some small digital video clips of our baby on our Panasonic digital camera. Lately, I've noticed that it takes a very, very long time for the clips and images to download onto our Mac - sometimes up to 15 or 20 minutes. On closer inspection, it appears as though there are 8 files on the camera that are clogging up the download. The data transfer actually stops when it gets to these last 8 files, and it won't download any more, and I can't delete them from the camera either. When I view them on the camera itself, they appear as a blank screen. How can I remove all these redundant files from my camera??

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  • Amanda Reitzin Jun 28, 2007

    Noggin, thanks so much for replying so quickly. I tried the delete option again - both a multi delete and a single delete - and I get the message, "This picture cannot be deleted".

    I'll try the second option of formatting the memory card now and will get back to you.


  • Amanda Reitzin Jun 28, 2007

    Noggin, I just tried formatting the memory card and it tells me, "No valid picture to play". What do I do now? I guess we could just chuck the memory card...



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Here is the link to the user manual; check pages 33 and 34 for all the different ways of deleting and check it is nothing in there that you missed. If no luck with that then check page 91 for formatting instructions - a format should solve this problem, although occasionally the memory cards do fail also - let me know if a format doesn't work and i can talk you through what to do next. Hope this helps :)

Posted on Jun 27, 2007

  • Anonymous Jun 28, 2007

    Have you just tried formatting it on the camera? - if so get it in a card reader on a computer and try to format from there - sorry not used mac OS recently, but if i remember rightly it is simple enough to do.

    If that doesn't work, just try it on a different computer - there may just be some sort of software clash that stops you deleting the files.

    If you still have no luck, try running a disk diagnostics utility on the card - if you don't have one let me know with your OS version and I can hunt one down for you - Most versions of windows have a basic one built in, not sure with macs.

    If still no luck, before throwing it away, just place it somewhere dry in your fridge overnight and try again cold - if that doesn't work try freezing it - let it warm up to fridge temperature before using it.

    This will almost certainly not work, and the science of these cards would indicate that it shouldn't, but if you are going to throw it anyway, give this a try - I have heard stories of it working, but never had any success myself. (Please let me know if it works)

    some manufacturers have quite reasonable warranty on these cards, if you are unsure and you think it might, post back with the make and model etc of the card, just might get lucky.




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