Samsung SL310W internal memory

Discussion in 'Samsung' started by Bill Geluso, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. Bill Geluso

    Bill Geluso Guest

    I am a newbie, so please tell me if this question is inappropriate
    for this newsgroup.

    I had 72 photos on in my Samsung SL310W internal memory, with room
    for 30 more photos. After connecting the camera to my Mac computer,
    I dragged the folder containing the 72 photos from the camera onto
    the Mac. I was able to view these photos on my Mac perfectly.

    When I used the camera again, it said there were no images in
    memory. I expected this. The camera also said, however, that I
    still only had room for 30 photos. Obviously, the 72 photos that I
    dragged onto my Mac are still in the camera's internal memory, even
    though they are "invisible." How do I delete these photos from the

    Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated, since I have
    cerebral palsy and cannot get answers to this problem by going to
    stores or speaking on the telephone.

    Thank you very much,
    Bill Geluso

    Bill Geluso, Sep 24, 2009
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    Ray Fischer Guest

    It is.
    Format the card.
    Had you considered reading the manual?

    It took me all of about 90 seconds to find the manual on Samsung's web
    site and find out some useful information.

    1) Your camera uses an SD memory card. The fact that yours holds only
    100 pictures tells me that you have one with an extremely small amount
    of memory. For $20 you can buy one which will store thousands of photos.

    2) You can completely erase the memory card by selecting "Format" from
    the SETTINGS menu. This is described on page 77 of your manual.

    There is an expression used by technology people frustrated by people
    who ask questions because they refuse to read the manual which will
    answer their questions.


    Read The F[ine] Manual.

    "Fine" is not usually word of choice.
    Ray Fischer, Sep 25, 2009
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    Tim Conway Guest

    along with what Ray said, you should format the card.
    even though the photos are gone, it still has info on the card that the
    will reset if you format the card.
    Tim Conway, Sep 25, 2009
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    Dave Cohen Guest

    I don't know if the Mac behaves differently from Windows machines, but
    for the latter dragging files or folders between drive letters does not
    erase from the source. And if the files were erased why wasn't the space
    recovered. I've no issue with the advice offered but need more
    convincing as to the cause.
    Dave Cohen, Sep 25, 2009
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    Ofnuts Guest

    Seems a pretty good place to me.
    Your camera has 30Meg of internal memory, so 72 photos plus space for 30
    more means that it stores 100+ pictures in 30MB, and so uses 300KB
    average by picture. This is darn small for the 13Mpixel pictures this
    camera produces (one would expect roughly 4MB per picture). So unless
    you are using it at a much lower resolution or with a very aggressive
    compression factor, you must be talking about the SD card? What size are
    the photo files on the Mac?
    Ofnuts, Sep 25, 2009
  6. What do you mean by "drag"? Did you "Copy" or did you "Move" the files?

    What do you mean by "internal memory"? Doesn't your camera have a memory
    Wild guess: Your computer changed something (created thumbnails, ....)
    which makes your camera choke now. If you don't care about the photos on
    the memory card (they are on your computer anyway) then I would just
    reformat the card.
    Or check again on your computer and make sure you actually deleted all
    the files from the memory card.
    That depends upon if you "Move" or "Copy". You can do either in Windows.
    Wild guess: the computer somehow modified the files or just the folder
    (not uncommon) and the camera doesn't like that change (some are _very_
    picky and will only recognize unmodified, original pictures they took.

    Jürgen Exner, Sep 25, 2009
  7. Bill Geluso

    Bill Geluso Guest

    Thanks, guys, for your suggestions. Bertrand is the only one who
    understood that I was using the "built-in" (internal) memory of the
    camera, and NOT an SD memory card. Bertrand is also correct in that
    I was using a very low resolution to squeeze many photos into this
    (small) 30Meg built-in memory. (I have only had this camera for two
    weeks and haven't bought a memory card yet.)

    At any rate, does any one of you have any ideas how to get rid of
    these photos from this internal memory? (This internal cannot be
    formatted by the camera.) Although I know my problem won't be a
    "problem" anymore when I start using an external memory card, I
    still would like to clean out the internal memory.

    Thanks again,

    Bill Geluso, Sep 26, 2009
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    Ray Fischer Guest

    RTFM. Page 77 and 78.
    Ray Fischer, Sep 26, 2009
  9. Bill Geluso

    ray Guest

    I think we understand that now. Try reading pages 77 and 78 of the manual
    - my guess, based on your description, is that the system placed the
    erased picutres in the 'recycle bin' - you need to turn the 'recycle bin'
    off and format the internal memory, if that is possible. If not, then
    turning off the recycle bin may reclaim the photos so you can erase them.

    I'd STRONGLY recommend you spring for the $10 to get a 1gb or 2gb SD card
    - it will make life MUCH easier.
    ray, Sep 26, 2009
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