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Mike Craven
August 8th, 2006, 11:05 AM
I am just checking my gear ready for Saturdays wedding, and on checking my cards one Sandisk Ultra11 @1gb
in both of my 1Dmk11`s in both cameras it shows " card needs formatting" but on trying to format in either body it states cannot format. I formatted it on my computer @Fat 32, and both 1D`s say needs formatting.
Put the card in my 30D and it works fine. Anyone have any ideas whats going on?.

regards

Mike

Paul Caldwell
August 8th, 2006, 11:41 AM
You might try going back and reformating it via FAT 16. Just a thought. FAT32 doesn't really gain you anything unless you are going above 2GB.

I would also not do a "quick format" but let windoz have the whole card. It shouldn't take too long.

Paul C.

Sean DeMerchant
August 8th, 2006, 01:55 PM
I am just checking my gear ready for Saturdays wedding, and on checking my cards one Sandisk Ultra11 @1gb
in both of my 1Dmk11`s in both cameras it shows " card needs formatting" but on trying to format in either body it states cannot format. I formatted it on my computer @Fat 32, and both 1D`s say needs formatting.
Put the card in my 30D and it works fine. Anyone have any ideas whats going on?.


Never format on the computer. Always format in camera. The reason is that the computer and the camera may not write the FAT to the same location on the card. You then end up with the camera writing files to the old FAT but the comuter cannot read them as the new FAT is still in virgin condition. Please note I learned this the hard way in early 2001 with my first digicam.

I would suggest formatting it in 30D, then trying it in the 1D mk II's and if it still fails, then throw it away. 1 GB CF cards are currently $20 parts from reputable brands (double that for "premium" parts). So is it worth it to you to deal with many potential hours of headaches from loss of files from a wedding? Or would simply replacing the card be a better call for your business?

enjoy,

Sean

Sid Jervis
August 8th, 2006, 02:18 PM
Sandisk ultra II should have a guarantee, if the format in camera does not work, return it.

Mike Craven
August 8th, 2006, 06:12 PM
Thats guys I will send to Sandisk as I have plenty of spares.

Mike

Mike Lees
August 9th, 2006, 10:06 AM
Its just possible of course that these cards are counterfeit!
I have just suffered similar problems with two 1GB standard Sandisk cards.
See the following for further information: http://martybugs.net/articles/fakesandisk.cgi.

Mike Lees

Sid Jervis
August 9th, 2006, 10:37 AM
That's another reason why I buy from official sources, and register the Sandisk cards on the web site.
I understand that if a card is a fake the web site will reject the registration.

Mike Craven
August 9th, 2006, 02:36 PM
I purchased 12x 1gb Sandisk Ultra11`s from B&H in New York whilst on a job there last year. They are all registered with Sandisk and are genuine. I have just heard back from Sandisk and they are replacing the faulty card.

Thanks Guys

Mike

Sid Jervis
August 9th, 2006, 02:44 PM
I purchased 12x 1gb Sandisk Ultra11`s from B&H in New York whilst on a job there last year. They are all registered with Sandisk and are genuine. I have just heard back from Sandisk and they are replacing the faulty card.

Thanks Guys

Mike
Good outcome, nice to have a company that supports it's products.