Any Software or Command to Format XD Card on a Computer ?

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  1. Guest

    Any Software or Command to Format XD Card on a Computer ?
    ==============================================

    My XD cards got damaged. When inserted in Olympus brand camera, I
    get the error message - CARD ERROR. So, further operations,
    including
    Re-Formatting these damaged cards in the Camera is not possible.

    I understand that these cards are formatted in Fat-12 bits, the same
    configuration as is on Floppy disks. I tried to Re-format them, using
    a
    USB Card Reader on a computer, where USB port is activated even in
    DOS mode. The computer was booted from a Floppy disk and I used
    the Windows 98 Format command. The cards are readable / Writable
    in
    Card Readers (DOS Mode - Boot From Floppy) and Windows Mode
    (Win 98 or XP). But they are not readable by the Camera.

    Is there any Software or a Command Line, which can Re-Format these
    XD cards, so that they are readable by the Olympus brand
    cameras ?

    The cards sizes are: 16 MB, 64 MB and 128 MB


    Thanks


    Frank Gatta



    April 17, 2008

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    , Apr 17, 2008
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  2. Dave Cohen Guest

    wrote:
    > Any Software or Command to Format XD Card on a Computer ?
    > ==============================================
    >
    > My XD cards got damaged. When inserted in Olympus brand camera, I
    > get the error message - CARD ERROR. So, further operations,
    > including
    > Re-Formatting these damaged cards in the Camera is not possible.
    >
    > I understand that these cards are formatted in Fat-12 bits, the same
    > configuration as is on Floppy disks. I tried to Re-format them, using
    > a
    > USB Card Reader on a computer, where USB port is activated even in
    > DOS mode. The computer was booted from a Floppy disk and I used
    > the Windows 98 Format command. The cards are readable / Writable
    > in
    > Card Readers (DOS Mode - Boot From Floppy) and Windows Mode
    > (Win 98 or XP). But they are not readable by the Camera.
    >
    > Is there any Software or a Command Line, which can Re-Format these
    > XD cards, so that they are readable by the Olympus brand
    > cameras ?
    >
    > The cards sizes are: 16 MB, 64 MB and 128 MB
    >
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    >
    > Frank Gatta
    >
    >
    >
    > April 17, 2008
    >
    > .

    Where did you hear card was fat12. What format are you using in
    computer. If you can read/write the card in the computer I'm not sure
    why camera should refuse to format same. I've never had a problem with
    CF cards regardless of where formatted. My A95 even seems to work with a
    fat32 format on a 256mb card (largest I have). I say seems to since my
    test only consisted in taking and reviewing a few shots out of
    curiosity. One wouldn't use fat32 on anything less than 512mb.
    Dave Cohen
     
    Dave Cohen, Apr 17, 2008
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  3. Roy G Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Any Software or Command to Format XD Card on a Computer ?
    > ==============================================
    >
    > My XD cards got damaged. When inserted in Olympus brand camera, I
    > get the error message - CARD ERROR. So, further operations,
    > including
    > Re-Formatting these damaged cards in the Camera is not possible.
    >
    > I understand that these cards are formatted in Fat-12 bits, the same
    > configuration as is on Floppy disks. I tried to Re-format them, using
    > a
    > USB Card Reader on a computer, where USB port is activated even in
    > DOS mode. The computer was booted from a Floppy disk and I used
    > the Windows 98 Format command. The cards are readable / Writable
    > in
    > Card Readers (DOS Mode - Boot From Floppy) and Windows Mode
    > (Win 98 or XP). But they are not readable by the Camera.
    >
    > Is there any Software or a Command Line, which can Re-Format these
    > XD cards, so that they are readable by the Olympus brand
    > cameras ?
    >
    > The cards sizes are: 16 MB, 64 MB and 128 MB
    >
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    >
    > Frank Gatta
    >
    >
    >
    > April 17, 2008


    Have you looked at the price of memory cards recently? You will find that
    Cards are now a tiny fraction of what you would have paid originally. So it
    probably isn't worth going to any bother to fix these ones, just dump them.

    You will be very hard put to find any of the specialist on-line sellers who
    even carry such small cards. The smallest Xd I have seen on line recently is
    512Mb for abour £5.

    Roy G
     
    Roy G, Apr 17, 2008
    #3
  4. Roy G wrote:

    >
    > <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> Any Software or Command to Format XD Card on a Computer ?
    >> ==============================================
    >>
    >> My XD cards got damaged. When inserted in Olympus brand camera, I get
    >> the error message - CARD ERROR. So, further operations, including
    >> Re-Formatting these damaged cards in the Camera is not possible.
    >>
    >> I understand that these cards are formatted in Fat-12 bits, the same
    >> configuration as is on Floppy disks. I tried to Re-format them, using a
    >> USB Card Reader on a computer, where USB port is activated even in DOS
    >> mode. The computer was booted from a Floppy disk and I used the
    >> Windows 98 Format command. The cards are readable / Writable in
    >> Card Readers (DOS Mode - Boot From Floppy) and Windows Mode (Win 98
    >> or XP). But they are not readable by the Camera.
    >>
    >> Is there any Software or a Command Line, which can Re-Format these
    >> XD cards, so that they are readable by the Olympus brand cameras ?
    >>
    >> The cards sizes are: 16 MB, 64 MB and 128 MB
    >>
    >>
    >> Thanks
    >>
    >>
    >> Frank Gatta
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> April 17, 2008

    >
    > Have you looked at the price of memory cards recently? You will find that
    > Cards are now a tiny fraction of what you would have paid originally. So
    > it probably isn't worth going to any bother to fix these ones, just dump
    > them.
    >
    > You will be very hard put to find any of the specialist on-line sellers
    > who even carry such small cards. The smallest Xd I have seen on line
    > recently is 512Mb for abour £5.


    Not that USB flash drives are memory cards, but I had to laugh the other
    day when I saw 128MB thumbs at a *drug store* priced at US $39.99.


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    Blinky the Shark, Apr 18, 2008
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