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?

    Thanks!
     
    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
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  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
    basket.
     
    Guest, Jun 24, 2005
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  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
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  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
     
    Fred Vloo, Jun 24, 2005
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  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
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  8. Format the card in the camera only.


     
    Richard Tomkins, Jun 24, 2005
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