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Old Nov 7, 2005, 1:58 PM   #1
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I just boutht a myflash 1gb SD card. I don't have my camera yet...I ordered a FZ30 but it just hasn't arrived.

Can SD cards only be formatted with the camera? I tried to copy files to it using the card reader on my laptop that came with it but it keeps saying it is "write protected'. I've change the little switch but no change so far.

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Old Nov 7, 2005, 8:04 PM   #2
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I've never heard of a brand called "Myflash".

It could be a defective card, or it just may have a compatibility problem with your Laptop's card reader. It's not uncommon that some readers have a problem with larger SD media (some don't seem to work with SD cards larger than 512mb for some odd reason).

As for formatting, it's usually a good idea to format a card with the camera. For one thing, that insures that it's formatted exactly the way it's expected by the camera. Another reason is that Windows uses a 32 bit FAT by default, and many cameras won't work with it. So, if you do format a card that's smaller than 2GB using a PC (if 2GB is the largest supported by a camera), it's advisable to make *sure* you select FAT as the file system type.

Personally, I format my media using a camera's menus before every use.

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Old Nov 8, 2005, 1:23 AM   #3
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JimC,

Actually it is a Adata Turbo 150x 1gb card. It just says "myflash" on the card.

Thanks for that advice. I didn't know some PCs coudn't format cards above a certain size.

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Old Nov 8, 2005, 7:28 AM   #4
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Thanks for that advice. I didn't know some PCs coudn't format cards above a certain size.
It tends to be a compatibility issue with some card readers (not the PC itself) with larger Secure Digital Media.

If you have access to a different PC/Card Reader, you may want to see if another reader can read it (but, make sure you don't try to format it using anything except FAT as the file system type (you'll see a drop down list of File Systems when format using Windows).

The card should have been formatted from the factory already (but, I'd make sure to try formatting it via the camera's menus when your camera arrives to rule out a defective card).


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