I just got a brand new canon camera which I bought on EBay and which came with a bunch of gadgets. In the package, I also got the above SD Card and a USB Card Reader.
I quickly tested the camera and I took like a 50 shots which were recorded onto the card but at regular bursts of say 10-20 photos, I would erase all of them before taking new ones. I was just testing the camera. After a while, I took a bunch of photos which I wanted to transfer to my PC via the USB Reader.
When I plugged the USB Reader, it installed its driver. Then windows 7 asked me to format. I said yes and the card reports as 30.6MB instead of 8GB.
Now, stuff I forgot to do is format the card upon insertion in the camera. The camera's manual says so. However, I should not be getting this error.
Now, neither windows nor the camera will format the card. Both start and encounter an error. I have been sweeping online forums. Most of them request me to download SD Formatter, and a bunch of tools lile low level formatter, etc, which I did and still does not work.
I trust I have not been too long. You have been around for sometime and I trust you came across similar issues. I appreciate your help and your G+ Posts. Thanks. Cheers. FS
asked Sep 30 '11 at 12:48
To what format did you choose when windows has formatted the SD card? did you choose the device defaults? I guess Fat32 is compatible with most devices, but not sure if it is the default format of your SD card.
Try to format it with to FAT32 using Windows7 then format it using the CAM.
and yes, the 30mb file size is due to the error in formatting, it means that 30MB is the only reADable.
I don't really have an idea, so maybe you can google the SD card's name / serial#? have you tried formatting it with another computer?
answered Sep 30 '11 at 13:29
if you got it from ebay then return it or use buyers protection if the seller is difficult. most SD cards on ebay are fakes. the good fakes are the ones that offer the advertised size but are slow, and the bad ones are the ones that are 32MB but are formatted to anywhere from 8 to 32GB.
if the card came with the camera then check if the inclusion of a SD card came into play when making your decision. Some people will do things like throw in a cheap SD card so they can bump their price up.
On the side of the card, there might be a small tab. If so, flick it in the opposite direction, and try again. It may be that this tab was switched in the wrong direction, locking the contents of the card.
answered Sep 30 '11 at 14:49