dc10tim
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CF Card Buggered Up

Sat Jan 28, 2006 8:33 am

Hi everyone,

I'm having a few problems tonight with my Sandisk 1GB CF card. When I put it into my 300D it just flashes 'Err 02', to which the manual says:

"This is a problem with the CF card. Do one of the following: Remove and reload the CF card, use another CF card, or format the CF card."

Not very helpful. Removing it and replacing it solves nothing and I can't format it because of the error code constantly flashing. I thought I might be able to plug it into the card-reader and delete everything on there and then put it into the camera and format it, but it is right protected.

Does anyone have any ideas?

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Tim.
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RE: CF Card Buggered Up

Sat Jan 28, 2006 11:35 am

Try it in another camera. If that doesn't work, just blow everything away via a card reader. Who cares if it's "WRITE" protected? That doesn't mean anything. If all else fails, just put it on a big magnet for a while.  Wink
 
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RE: CF Card Buggered Up

Sat Jan 28, 2006 8:15 pm

This is the problem Jeff, when I try to delete everything via the card reader, it wont allow me to, saying "Cannot delete, blah blah....... Remove the write protection or try another disk".

Is there a way I can remove the write protection without the camera?

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RE: CF Card Buggered Up

Sat Jan 28, 2006 9:24 pm

Plug it into a card reader, and try to format it from there using right click>format. If that works, put it back in the camera, and immediately format it again.

Normally works.


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RE: CF Card Buggered Up

Sat Jan 28, 2006 9:52 pm

Sorry Tim, but I have no suggestions for you mate.
It may be a buggered CF Disk, I know Sandisk is a good make but they do get corrupt ones from time to time. Have you lost any photos?

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RE: CF Card Buggered Up

Sun Jan 29, 2006 2:34 am

Quoting Sulman (Reply 3):
Plug it into a card reader, and try to format it from there using right click>format. If that works, put it back in the camera, and immediately format it again.

It goes through the process ok, the green bars get all the way to the right, indicating it has finished and then it says "The disk is write protected".

Quoting Fergulmcc (Reply 4):
It may be a buggered CF Disk, I know Sandisk is a good make but they do get corrupt ones from time to time. Have you lost any photos?

Funnily enough it is my stuff from DUB in October that's still on the card. I have it all downloaded onto the computer though, so no chance of anything happening to it. Not that I can delete it anyway   

I've tried putting it into my dad's Dynax 5D and formatting it in that, then reformatting it in the Canon, but it wont be touched there either. I just don't understand how one minute it can go from working to being completely stuck the next. Do the Sandisk cards come with any sort of guarantee?

Regards,

Tim.


Edit: One thing I have just noticed is that it rattles, like there is something loose inside of it, which none of my other cards do. That data all seems to be intact on it thought when I plug it into the reader.

[Edited 2006-01-28 18:40:16]
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RE: CF Card Buggered Up

Sun Jan 29, 2006 8:51 am

Hi Tim,

Have you tried to contact Sandisk direct? Normally the CF card has some kind of warranty (depending on where you bought it), I have even seen some adds in the past where they quoted "lifetime warranty"...

Good luck,

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RE: CF Card Buggered Up

Sun Jan 29, 2006 9:00 am

Quoting JeffM (Reply 1):
If all else fails, just put it on a big magnet for a while.

I see the smiley Jeff, but just for the record, CF cards are solid state devices and a magnet will do nothing to it.

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RE: CF Card Buggered Up

Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:02 am

Unfortunately in my experiences memory cards in general, from time to time, decide to go kaput on you and very often there's absolutely nothing you can do. If you have a warranty on it you can send it to the manufacturer, and often they will be able to recover the data for you and send you a new one...
 
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RE: CF Card Buggered Up

Sun Jan 29, 2006 11:04 am

could give it a try in my camera tim if you wanted?? going to MAN tues if you fancy it and DSA in the morning????
 
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RE: CF Card Buggered Up

Sun Jan 29, 2006 1:22 pm

Quoting Sunilgupta (Reply 7):
I see the smiley Jeff, but just for the record, CF cards are solid state devices and a magnet will do nothing to it.

Damn, I just wanted to see if anyone would do....spoil sport... Smile
 
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RE: CF Card Buggered Up

Sun Jan 29, 2006 7:58 pm

Quoting JeffM (Reply 10):
Quoting Sunilgupta (Reply 7):
I see the smiley Jeff, but just for the record, CF cards are solid state devices and a magnet will do nothing to it.

Damn, I just wanted to see if anyone would do....spoil sport...

CF cards must be quite robust. One of mine went in the washing machine then tumble dryer! Imagine my amazement to find that not only did it still work, but the files on it were intact. It still works to this day, 2 years on (although it only gets used in the compact camera, just in case).
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RE: CF Card Buggered Up

Mon Jan 30, 2006 2:30 am

Well thanks for your input guys. I've checked the Sandisk website and it appears that all CF cards come with a 5 year warranty. The only problem is it excludes pretty much everything that could conceivably go wrong with one. Still, I shall give their UK technical centre a call in the morning to see if they have any suggestions as to how I might get it working.

Quoting Davejwatts (Reply 9):
could give it a try in my camera tim if you wanted?? going to MAN tues if you fancy it and DSA in the morning????

I'll text you on Tuesday Dave. Should be able to make MAN for a few hours in the afternoon.

Quoting JeffM (Reply 10):
Quoting Sunilgupta (Reply 7):
I see the smiley Jeff, but just for the record, CF cards are solid state devices and a magnet will do nothing to it.

Damn, I just wanted to see if anyone would do....spoil sport...

Don't worry, I wasn't going to try that  Wink

Regards,

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RE: CF Card Buggered Up

Mon Jan 30, 2006 2:54 am

Tim,
After all you've done, i'd say the card is shot. There is a small controller chip on each CF card, maybe it's toast and won't allow anything to be written or read? Have you tried adding files to it?
 
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RE: CF Card Buggered Up

Mon Jan 30, 2006 7:04 am

I'm starting to think it's had it now too. If I try writing files to it, I just get the same box as if I was trying to delete files from it, saying it is write protected.

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RE: CF Card Buggered Up

Mon Jan 30, 2006 8:57 am

Quoting DC10Tim (Reply 14):
I'm starting to think it's had it now too.

One of the guys I work with had a similar problem....he purchased another card indentical to the one that failed on him.... He returned the one that failed, kept the good one. They gave him store credit, not a refund. I told him that was kind of "Cheesy" doing that.... he said so is selling him a card that only lasted five and a half months.......

You could argue he had a valid point.
 
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RE: CF Card Buggered Up

Tue Jan 31, 2006 1:53 am

I could be totally wrong, but isn't there a little switch on the side of the Sandisk Compact Flash cards to write protect the cards? If you accidentally hit this switch then it would probably give you the problems that you have described.

James

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RE: CF Card Buggered Up

Tue Jan 31, 2006 2:02 am

Actually, while working at an electronic store, I had a couple customers come into and complain about their sandisk CF card failing on them. All of them were 1GB cards, and it was the only card I had people coming in and saying it failed.

In Canada, SanDisk does in fact offer a lifetime warranty. Definitely call Sandisk, they'll deal with it fully.

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RE: CF Card Buggered Up

Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:26 am

Well after phoning their technical helpline earlier (which actually puts you through to the US), they are going to get back to me with another idea for formatting the card and if that doesn't work they are going to replace it. So either way it will be sorted Big grin

Regards,

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