Memory Card Is Full

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by BroncGal, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. BroncGal macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2008
    Help someone who is new to this. I have a Canon Power Shot. I have taken about a dozen photos with it so far.Some were deleted and some have been downloaded to my Mac. But now I get a message that the memory card is full. What can I do to alleviate this?
  2. ProwlingTiger macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    Well, are there still photos on the card? Did you move them to the Mac, or did you just copy them to the Mac?
  3. termina3 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2007
    A dozen? 12 shots? There's no way that the memory is already filled (if you have a card in).

    User's manual. I suspect it's available electronically on the Canon website.
  4. kitmos macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2007
    It could be full if it's the card the camera came with. They are very small. But it also sounds like the pictures were copied off and then the card wasn't reformated or at least the pics deleted.
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Copying the photos onto the Mac doesn't remove them from the card. If you have all of the photos safely on the Mac, then format the card in the camera (not the Mac) and it will go back to its original capacity.

    How many photos you get depends on the size of the card, and the resolution and compression ratio you are shooting at.
  6. Zer0 macrumors regular

    May 22, 2007
    Try formatting the memory card from your camera menu, or connect the card to you mac and empty trash.
  7. csista macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2007
    Something similar happened to me with my G9 recently.

    I pulled the images onto my drive, then deleted everything off the card in finder. Next time I used the camera, it was down to about a third capacity, even though I had no pics or videos on it.

    I reformatted the card in-camera, it was back to normal, and hasn't happened since. I think formatting in-camera is the only way to be sure you do a clean sweep.
  8. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Did you empty the trash on your Mac before ejecting the card? If not that's your problem: the files were simply moved to a hidden trash folder on the card.
  9. Chappers macrumors 68020


    Aug 12, 2003
    At home
    Sounds like you're using the original card - so its full and you haven't deleted the photos.

    User Manual - he said agreeing with the other posters.
  10. BroncGal thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2008
    Thank You Everyone

    I have reformatted the memory card. I was under the assumption that I could take at least 100 shots before it was full.:rolleyes:
  11. Shotglass macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    Sometimes I delete all the photos of my memory card and the finder says i have about 18MB left. If that is the case with you, go into Applications>Utilities and open the Disk Utility. Choose your memory card from the list on the left and erase it using the panel on the right. Always helps with my problems.
  12. bleufire macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2007
    Ok, here is one i bet no one thought of...

    What memory card are you using? Are you using the 32 mb or 64 mb one that comes WITH the camera? The ones most people throw in a drawer and forget till next years spring cleaning? You claim 12 shots. If the camera were to make 3 mb with the settings then 3x12= 36 mb.

    If you got that tiny little card, put it in a sling shot and chuck it as far possible and get a nice 2 gb card. you won't worry about space for a while.
  13. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    No, those tiny cards that come with the camera are not totally worthless. They work well in digital picture frames. Those frames only have at most 640x480 resolution (most are not even that) so a 32MB card can hold many low-res photos. A 32MB card can hold a thousand 32K image files
  14. bleufire macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2007
    :p Oh k fine! Hehe... I wish i knew that before i decided to let them store in my drawer here!:D

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