How to format CF card on an olympus Evolt e500

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Schmidt1989
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How to format CF card on an olympus Evolt e500
Oct 8, 2010

Hey all,

I usually reformat my cf card on my home pc, using windows vista, and it works fine. (I have to do this because every so many pictures, my 4gb card says i can only take like 10 more raw pictures, even with a blank card.) Anyway, it's just something i've gotten used to doing. Now I have a macbook pro, and its much more difficult. I thought I erased it, but now my camera says card error.

Any ideas on how to fix the card?

mn88
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Re: How to format CF card on an olympus Evolt e500
In reply to Schmidt1989, Oct 8, 2010

Hi. This is easily done in camera. Pretty much every time I put new images on a card (after downloading the previous ones) I reformat my CF card in camera. I figure it's best to let the camera do it rather than a computer. Perhaps that's part of your trouble with the CF card?
Hit the menu button, and pick the first option - Card Setup. Then format.

I've never had that particular problem with a CF card. The only one's that ever gave me trouble were xd cards, and I threw those out a long time ago.
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Schmidt1989
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Re: How to format CF card on an olympus Evolt e500
In reply to mn88, Oct 9, 2010

It worked!! Thank you!

I had heard of formatting in the camera, and had actually always heard it was the much better option as opposed to formatting on a computer, I just never knew how it was done.

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GeorgeH
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In reply to mn88, Oct 10, 2010

I second what mn88 wrote. Always format using your camera, not your PC. The camera will determine the proper format and all.

mn88 wrote:

Hi. This is easily done in camera. Pretty much every time I put new images on a card (after downloading the previous ones) I reformat my CF card in camera. I figure it's best to let the camera do it rather than a computer. Perhaps that's part of your trouble with the CF card?
Hit the menu button, and pick the first option - Card Setup. Then format.

I've never had that particular problem with a CF card. The only one's that ever gave me trouble were xd cards, and I threw those out a long time ago.
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Lucy
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The camera cleans the card better, too....
In reply to GeorgeH, Oct 12, 2010

....the computer can leave bits behind and that would slow down the card. You'll probably have more shooting space now.

And if you change cameras.....always begin by formatting a card IN the Camera you are now using and do this before taking any photos.

Glad you got good advice and that it's working for you.
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