Solved How to repair a Compact Flash card?

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May 21, 2013 at 11:34:10
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I have a 64mb Compact Flash card that my HP PhotoSmart camera no longer recognizes. Using a card reader I can connect this card to a PC and it will display the names of the files contained on the card; however, many of these files have become corrupt.
Is there a procedure for 'reformatting' this Compact Flash card. I'm not concerned with losing the existing files.
Thanks

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#1
May 21, 2013 at 11:43:55
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You have to format it inside the camera, using the camera's menu system. However, since your camera no longer recognises it, that's not possible. You will have to throw it away and buy a new one.

There's no point in trying to use a corrupted card that you can't trust anyway, even if your camera did somehow manage to recognise it. There is limit to the number of times it can be written to before it starts to fail, and your 64MB card must be well used by now since they stopped making that capacity a long time ago. You'll be hard-pressed to find a 64MB one these days.


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#2
May 21, 2013 at 15:17:10
Load the card reader and then reformat the card on the PC...then put it in your cam and chances are it will recognize it and you can reformat it on the cam....good luck...

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#3
May 22, 2013 at 03:50:54
Thanks, Phil! Last evening, on an inspiration I did just that, and voila, the card reformatted successfully despite the conflicting message, "CF card is bad or full." I snapped a few photos, and they were recorded with no errors. Finally, I removed the CF Card from the camera, popped it into a card reader, and connecte dthe reader to a USB port of my PC. The card was recognized, and the pictures could be opened in Picasa, Faststone Image Viewer, etc.

Problem solved!
howard


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#4
May 22, 2013 at 08:38:44
It's still possible that the card is on the way out.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
May 22, 2013 at 08:55:01
Derek,
The CF card in question had been reliable all along. I believe it got dorked as a result of my attempting to reformat it on a Windows PC instead of in the camera. Thanks for contributing.
howard

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#6
October 26, 2013 at 11:34:20
I bought a new card and the camera will not format the new card either. The camera is a nikon coolpix 995. The new card is 8 gigs. The old card was a 64mb,which I understand is no longer available.

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#7
October 26, 2013 at 14:05:30
mono340
Always raise your own new post. Butting in on someone else's thread causes confusion (initially I thought you were the original poster). Whatever, as I started answering here are my thoughts:

See this:
http://www.velocityreviews.com/foru...

Looks like, as I suspected, that 8GB is too large for a camera of that vintage to recognise it.

In fact it is worse than that - it needs to be formatted FAT16.
Seems best to get a 2G (or less) card and format it in the camera.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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