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Old 02-06-2009, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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...Even my old digital camera circa 2004 won't format it (It obviously doesn't work in the camera, but it gives me the option to format it).

When I try with Vista, it just acts like it's formatting, but when it finishes, it says that "Windows cannot format this drive". So barring my receiving a camera that supports 2GB cards and the ability to reformat them, I am stuck. How do I fix this? Oh, and I've tried the write-protect tab in both positions.
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Old 02-06-2009, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Nevermind, it had to do with the fact that the allocation size was set too small, which strangely never happened to my hard drives before - I could go as small as I wanted with no problems...However I ran into a new problem.

I've formatted it to the FAT file system, and I only could format it to 975MB, NOT 2GB as it says on the card. See pictures:



(Sorry for the blurriness, my camera isn't good at close shots)

So what is going on HERE?
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Old 02-07-2009, 11:36 AM
 
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Normal overhead. My 8GB flash drive formats to 7.45GB.

Oops. Wait a minute. That's too much overhead.

Where did you buy this?

Last edited by Tek_Freek; 02-07-2009 at 11:38 AM.. Reason: Missing space more that I first saw...
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:04 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Your camera needs to be set on Micro for that close up!!
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Bought at Rite Aid (like a combination general/drug store)
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Old 02-07-2009, 08:31 PM
 
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Your camera needs to be set on Micro for that close up!!
That would be macro, and based on the description of her camera (circa 2004) probably isn't an option.
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Old 02-07-2009, 08:34 PM
 
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I've formatted it to the FAT file system, and I only could format it to 975MB, NOT 2GB as it says on the card.
Try formatting in FAT32. Most cameras will format cards in FAT32 by default.
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Old 02-07-2009, 08:41 PM
 
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Normal overhead. My 8GB flash drive formats to 7.45GB.
This is also marketing. When the card is labeled at 8GB (for marketing purposes) they use the value of 1,000 for a kilobyte, but computers, camers, etc compute using 1024 bytes = 1 kilobyte. By the time you multiply this out for 8 billion bytes, the difference is noticeable. There is also some overhead for the directory structure.

It is just marketing speak vs. reality, and the same applies to disk drives, etc.
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Old 02-08-2009, 01:19 AM
 
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Since neither Windows nor the camera will format it properly, I'm going to say the card's bad. Good thing can replace it for probably $5.
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