I killed a CompactFlash®

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Cooknn, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. Cooknn macrumors 68020

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    Yesterday on a shoot my 1GB Lexar CompactFlash card went south on me. I use it a lot. Always format it between shoots as opposed to just deleting the pictures every time. Was it most likely the continual formatting that killed it :confused: My camera would see it, then not. I thought I got away without losing any shots but such was not the case :(
     
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    Hey Dave -

    I always format after downloading my stuff. I have a couple of SanDisk 1GB cards that prolly have 3-4,000 shots on each of them.

    Is it still under warranty?
     
  3. Cooknn thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I bought it about 4 months ago from B&H. Still have the box. Not sure what the warranty is, but I guess I should give them a call eh?! :p
     
  4. pdpfilms macrumors 68020

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    10-4 Big Gary-

    I always format too. My 1GB lexar has been in constant use now for 2-3 years, and is doing fine.
     
  5. iGary Guest

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    I'm pretty sure most of them have a one year warranty, and I think one of them even offers to recover your data, although I am sure you've probably already re-shot the pano, right?
     
  6. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    I sure hope formatting isn't an issue because I reformat my cards like 3 times a week. :eek: Maybe I should start deleting instead, but formatting just seems better.
     
  7. Cooknn thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I lost the master bedroom on yesterday's shoot - well actually 4 of the seven shots, but it's not a big deal because it was for a friend and I can get back there anytime without a problem. Blows that it happened at all though. Thank goodness it wasn't one of my more demanding clients. That would suck. I think I'll keep an extra card in my bag now - bought a SanDisk this morning. I've lost confidence in Lexar :cool:
     
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    Yeah, I used to use Lexar, and was not happy myself (locked up both of my 20D bodies a lot), so I have 2 1GB SanDisk and 1 4GB SanDisk and they don't give me a bit of worry at all. :)
     
  9. cgratti macrumors 6502a

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    I left mine in my pocket and ran it through the washer and dryer. It still works great..
     
  10. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    how exactly do I go about formatting my CF card (for Minolta A2) using my powerbook? It's currently in MS file format, I'm pretty sure; can my PB handle this ok, using Disk utility? My card has gotten slower over the last year, I think, so I'd like to give this a try. Thanks for the help.

    Cheers
     
  11. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Don't use the Mac. Use your camera to format it.
     
  12. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    how do u get 3-4,000 shots on one card.... what resolution do u shoot at:confused:

    with nikon on my 1 gig card i got about 500 shots using the full resolution
     
  13. Cooknn thread starter macrumors 68020

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    ...Over a period of time - with format's in between each shoot ;)
     
  14. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    Like "miles on a car"...:p
     
  15. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    ooooo i see..... :eek:
     
  16. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Thanks, yeah, I figured that one out last night (read the manual...hey!). Something else is new (last 2 or 3 shoots): after I import photos, then go to erase them via the Finder, after it erases, Finder crashes and restarts. Is this a sign of a failing CF card (Lexar 80x 1GB "Professional" from B&H), or maybe my CF reader I plug into the PB could be the problem?

    Thanks for the help.

    Cheers.
     
  17. Johnny Rico macrumors 6502

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    My CF card stopped saving images and eventually deleted all images it was storing when I used it to take photos of sex. :eek:
     
  18. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Shouldn't have bought the "Prude" brand....
     
  19. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Or girlfriends... serially, not in parallel...
     
  20. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I had a 1gig lexar pro for about a year. It suddenly went south on me and I lost a ton of photos that I shot on it. I called Lexar and they set me up with this online ticket thing. I've been waiting now 6 months for them to return my request for RMA. I've called four times. It wasn't worth my time so I gave up and bought a 1gb sandisk.

    I'll be buying another 2gb sandisk in the near future. I don't like to have one large card for the very reason that without notice the lexar--supposed the best in the biz crapped out on me. I was in 80 degree weather, no wind, shooting about 2 frames per minute...it's not like I was asking much.
     
  21. rjphoto macrumors 6502a

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    Always use the camera to delete files/ format the card.

    Especially if you swap your card between camera brands or models. Reformat it beofre you shoot and download before you swap to another camera.

    Sometimes you can get away with swapping, but it's not worth losing previous shots to use another camera.

    Back to Gary's comment, I'm using 2 - 256Mb cards and 1 - 512Mb card in an S2Pro. I rotate them out and download via a card reader.
    My camera total showed 12,000 + images before I accidently reset it. Now it's back up to about 3000.
    I shot about 16,000 images with my old Kodak between 3 cards, a 32Mb, a 64Mb and a 128Mb card.
     
  22. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -All

    Hmm. It's probably not a good idea to reformat after every shoot. This may surprise you, but flash memory devices like the NAND chips in the CF cards actual will wear out. It's parts, however are reeeeealy tiny in contrast to a hard drive though.

    I personally reformat every five shoots or so, no more.
     

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