Mac formatted SDHC 16gb card

Olympus Pen e-p1 12.3 mp micro four thir...
August 8, 2010 at 06:46:14
Specs: Macintosh OSX (Snow Leopard)
I completely wiped a Sandisk 16gb Ultra SDHC card on my Mac via Disk Utilities. Now the card cannot be read by the camera (Olympus Pen - E-P1). I have set format to MS-DOS FAT32 but card still not accepted by camera. Any ideas on how to get the card read by the E-P1 - other advice was too late - i.e. only format in camera, not via computer.

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#1
August 8, 2010 at 07:48:05
I would try formatting the Sandisk 16gb Ultra SDHC card to FAT32 on a Windows PC. That may allow the card to work in your camera. If it does work then reformat the card using the camera. I know you formatted the card using your Mac but there might be a slight difference from a Windows PC formatted card that your camera doesn't like.

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#2
August 8, 2010 at 08:03:01
Did you format the SDHC on a MAC in such a way like THIS?

If you did and the card isn't recognized in the camera, download SD Formatter 2.0 for SD/SDHC from SD Associates HERE and format the card on an IBM-compatible computer only. The SD Formatter won't work on a MAC.

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#3
August 8, 2010 at 08:03:11
Good idea - thanks for that suggestion, Pappy. Will do this and report back - I'm sure others have had the same difficulty.

Cheers,

Jim


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#4
August 8, 2010 at 11:57:57
Thank XpUser - I'll download the Formatter when I'm next in front of a PC.

I have another card that I can use, but I really don't want to fork out for another 16gb card.

Cheers,

Jim


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#5
August 8, 2010 at 13:36:35
You're welcome & good luck with the utility. I remember reading somewhere that it is customary to use FAT16 format for SD cards up to 4GB and FAT32 for cards greater than 4GB.

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#6
August 14, 2010 at 14:41:38
Ok - so how grateful am I !!! XpUser - you're a genius! The formatter download worked a treat - put the card back to where it was before I did the damage. All I had to do after running the software with the card plugged into a card reader in a PC, was to put the card back into the camera and format again from there. Took it right back to where I wanted it with the minimum of fuss. So thanks again for the advice and help - I'm sure others out there that make the same schoolboy error as I did will benefit from your wise words and assistance.

Really impressed - good bit of advice and education.

Cheers!

Jim


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#7
August 14, 2010 at 18:19:18
Thanks for posting back with the excellent result. The SD formatter utility & the camera built-in tool - not Windows - is the way to go when it comes to formatting SD cards.

By the way, I also want to thank you for your kind compliments.

Happy Computing! :-)

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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