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Old Jul 9, 2002, 10:26 AM   #1
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You would think that card readers would come with a warning about not to use for formatting cards that will used in digicams, but most card reader manufacters also sell memory cards.....
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Old Jul 11, 2002, 12:34 PM   #2
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Just curious what the problem is, any card you put in the camera should be able to be formatted no matter how it was previously formatted. I personally computer format my cards every once in a while and scan the card for errors, just so I know the card is ok. I believe that you should hard format (not quick format) the card to clear floating bits of data, and I'm not sure if most cameras don't just do a quick format. After that I just put the card in the camera and format it before use.
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Old Jul 11, 2002, 5:59 PM   #3
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Many cameras cannot recogize a card that has been formatted with card reader. Olympus is one. According to the manuel once you do it with a card reader you will never be able to use in camara, I tend to go with what the manuel says, been with computers since 1977, I build about 100 a year, also I always read the "read me" files. I believe that "no" computer or device hooked to it should have a personallity.
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Old Jul 11, 2002, 6:08 PM   #4
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You're both right!

If you format in fat-16 (or remember the DOS prompt?) there should be no problem to use it again in the camera.

ALL digital cameras abide to the DCF file format, which is fat-16, so from older OS it's OK!

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My mistake. It works in my case, but I guess if your manual says otherwise you better follow it. Does that mean you have to buy your memory cards from Olympus, or cards formatted for Olympus. That would be a negative for me, I don't like being stuck with a "vendor only" supply.
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