UGH! 4GB card is giving me a hard time...HELP!

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Melody, Jun 24, 2005.

  1. Melody

    Melody Guest

    I just bought a new Sandisk Ultra II 4GB compact flash card and it's only
    showing up as a 2GB card in both my camera AND my card reader. I formatted
    it to FAT32 (which was "supposed" to correct that) but it's still reading as
    a 2GB card. And, yes, my Canon supports up to a 4GB card... UGH! Any ideas?
    Anyone else been through this?

    Melody, Jun 24, 2005
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  2. Melody

    Guest Guest

    I wouldn't recommend cards larger than 512MB, if a 4GB card fails you will
    not be happy. You probably won't be happy when a 512MB fails either, but you
    won't have lost so much.
    Guest, Jun 24, 2005
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  3. Melody

    Melody Guest

    How often to cards fail? I haven't had one fail in the 6+ years I've been
    shooting digital (and I even use my original card still on occasion), but
    maybe I'm just lucky.

    I got a great deal on the card though, it was much cheaper than buying all
    the individual 1GB or 512MB cards I would have needed to amount to the same
    space and I'd be more afraid of losing or damaging a card (which I have
    done) since I'll be outdoors than of having the card fail.

    Anyway... just in case anyone else ever has this problem... there's a switch
    on the card, a teeny tiny little switch that converts it from 2GB to 4GB.
    Melody, Jun 24, 2005
  4. Melody

    Guest Guest

    I had a 2GB Micro drive fail, it had the best part of a whole wedding on it.
    I had to pay £900 for disk recovery, but they only managed to recover 60
    pictures out of 300, then I had to pay for a reshoot, and I had to refund
    the fee. In other words, I learned an expensive lesson. Don't be like me,
    pay the extra for the smaller cards and don't put all of your eggs in one
    Guest, Jun 24, 2005
  5. Melody

    Melody Guest

    Ouch... I'm really wary of microdrive's in general. Too unstable because of
    the moving parts. I have several smaller cards (256MB, 512MB, etc...) I use
    on a daily basis. But I'm going on a trip and planning to do lots of outdoor
    shots and won't have anything to dump my images to while I'm gone. In a
    weeks time I'll probably fill up every card I have.

    I always have a second person when I shoot weddings. I'm too paranoid not
    to! I have an uncle who was sued after a lab damaged the film he shot a
    wedding with and (even though he had a liability contract) was forced to
    recreate their wedding (cake, limo, rented tux's, airfaire & hotel for out
    of town party members, church & reception hall rental, flowers, etc... cost
    him approx. $10k) and reshoot it all. So I typically take my digital, 35mm
    film, and occasionally even my medium format camera AND a second shooter
    when I do weddings. And I'm still usually paranoid until I actually get the
    pictures in their hands!
    Melody, Jun 24, 2005
  6. Melody

    Fred Vloo Guest

    We are talking about compact flash. If there are problem's with storage
    devices it's mostly with micro drives.
    When I accidently delete the files on my cf card (4 GB) there is free
    software to restore all my files.
    Fred Vloo, Jun 24, 2005
  7. Melody

    Guest Guest

    Beware the magnets, don't put the cards near loudspeakers or take them too
    close to an electric train, pylons, etc.
    Guest, Jun 24, 2005
  8. Format the card in the camera only.

    Richard Tomkins, Jun 24, 2005
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