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Old Mar 21, 2007, 1:11 PM   #21
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Old Mar 22, 2007, 1:30 AM   #22
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I just responded to a thread on this same subject in another forum - starts with d and ends with view -- hint hint.

Never format your flash card with your PC. If you are using XP Pro or Vista business or higher - the default format for drives is NTFS, not FAT32. Your PC will also put a recycle and system recover folder on the cards - and not the DCIM/Pentax/yadayada stuff that the camera uses.

As for the care and feeding of flash cards - read the Aug 2004 "tip" from Jerry (very nice guy by the way). Also - a great place for tips.

http://www.santafeworkshops.com/digital/jerrytips.cfm

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Its faster to format than erase but if there is only a few photos I delete. For file names well after a certain amount it goes back to zero and you start again.
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I download my photos through picasa. I erase the disk during the download process. I am not sure that I have EVER formatted one of my cards.

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Old Mar 23, 2007, 8:05 PM   #25
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Thank you everyone for the input on this subject. I'm still in a toss up as to whether I should start formatting since some people haven't had problems doing it that way. Will probably start after I get back from vacation, though. Afraid to make any major changes of things before I leave. I've only got the one card right now.

Just to restate how I do empty my card, I put my card into my card reader, "quit" the sandisk software that wants to download it for me, open Windows Explorer, go to the I:\ drive (card reader) and copy (not cut) the photos from the card and paste into my Pentax folder. Then, once I know they all copied over, I go back and select all and delete the images from the card. Only recently started doing it that way. Was leaving them on the card until I had made a second backup copy. But, have gotten a little more brave lately since I do regular weekly backups. I then use the "remove hardware" option to safely remove the card reader and then remove the card from the card reader.


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Old Mar 24, 2007, 3:08 AM   #26
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I would suggest that you never just delete the files off of the Card. The file format used on SD cards is notorious for being easily corrupted - especially during deletes. Depending on the size of your SD card the file system is either FAT or FAT32. The FAT stands for File Allocation Table - it is a table that marks all the record-able sections of the SD card using a linked list. The indexes that are used can get corrupted quite easily - especially if you take several shots then delete some then shoot some more. This is why most PC's have the defrag command - The File Allocation Table gets its pointers all screwed up which leads to file system corruption. Formating on a PC can - in some cases - put recycle bins and system_information folders on the card. These folders can cause no end of issues in the camera.

In my previous post I gave a link to Jerry's tips - I would go with Jerry's tip - format your cards (be they SD SDHC or CF) in your camera before you use them. Jerryis the Digital Lab director at Santa Fe Workshops - he has been working with digital technologies for over 13 years. Let the camera do the job it is designed to do - set the format and folder stucture that it needs. The reformat "resets" the FAT, creates the folder and I would imagine it provides error messages if the card gets corrupted.

Remember SD cards (all digital cards) are susceptable to boot sector virus infections - when I attach my SD cards to either my Wolverine flashpac or to my PC - I lock the SD. Which means that no viruses can be written to the card - the lock is a write lock - disables anything from being written to the card.

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Thanks, PDL. I'll print out the tips and read them now. I had too much going on the other day.

I had never thought about the card getting a virus. I had been told that wasn't possible. I will start locking mine whenever it is not in the camera.
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