I have an HP M425 digital camera with a 1GB San Disk. Took a lot of pictures and it just simply conked out.WWhen turned on it says "Card has Wrong Format....Press OK to format card". When I do in fact press OK, it says "Unable to Format"...Help!!!
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I suppose the easy answer is to re-format the card in another device. I had a problem with HP M425 that although the card was only half full, the camera would complain that it was unable to save, and then lock up. Removing the battery reset the camera problem. Transferring all the pictures on to a PC then reformatting the card in the PC cured card part. If you don't have a PC with a reader of some kind to do this, you could try another camera (not HP?) or indeed some mobile phones to reformat the card.
Not a solution, but after corresponding with HP customer service, they concluded that the problem with my M527 (see above) cannot be fixed. They offered to replace it with the same two-year old model for $99.99 which is much more than that model camera would be worth. I declined their offer.
This is probably THE single most common failure among digital cameras. There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html