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Anonymous
May 25, 2005 12:52:33 PM

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I have an older SiPix camera, an SP1300. I'd like to use a CF card
larger than 32 Meg in it, but I've seen a warning that trying to format
a larger card in the camera may damage the card. That seems a bit odd;
could it be true? I got the camera used and have no docs on it.

I use a PCMCIA adapter for transferring the image files from the CF into
my Mac; can I format a higher-capacity card with the computer using that?

The 32 Meg card worked right off without formatting; do I even need to
format a brand-new larger card?

thanks, Isaac

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Anonymous
May 26, 2005 1:21:14 AM

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On Wed, 25 May 2005 08:52:33 -0700, Isaac Wingfield wrote:

> I have an older SiPix camera, an SP1300. I'd like to use a CF card
> larger than 32 Meg in it, but I've seen a warning that trying to format
> a larger card in the camera may damage the card. That seems a bit odd;
> could it be true? I got the camera used and have no docs on it.

I've never heard of any cards being damaged of any size being
physically damaged if formatted in a camera. Very large cards, such
as those with multi-GB capacity may be incompatible with older
cameras. If you have one of those, it *might* be possible to use it
in the camera by using a computer to create a "small" partition on
the card (such as 1GB or less) and then formatting it. But normally
most formatting problems are avoided by using the camera to format
the cards.


> I use a PCMCIA adapter for transferring the image files from the CF into
> my Mac; can I format a higher-capacity card with the computer using that?

You can. And a PC can also be used to format the card. But
again, the best, most compatible formatting will be done by the
camera, unless the camera or it's software is defective.


> The 32 Meg card worked right off without formatting; do I even
> need to format a brand-new larger card?

You may not have had to format the card, but you bought it used.
I'm sure that the previous owner at some time must have formatted
it. Nobody other than the manufacturer or someone that has
experience using the same new cards will know for sure whether the
cards are formatted at all. They probably will be, but the type of
format used may not be compatible with your older camera.

Not all cameras use the same formatting. Assuming that the size
of the larger card that you buy will be compatible with your camera,
if the manufacturer of the card preformats it for you, do you think
it's more likely that it would be formatted to be compatible with
newer cameras, many of which can utilize cards of 4GB or larger, or
that it would be formatted for cameras not designed to use cards
larger than, say, 128MB or 256MB?
Anonymous
May 26, 2005 1:21:15 AM

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In article <4p7a9157jh99bacmgd4pf1c8qgsdese4i7@4ax.com>,
ASAAR <caught@22.com> wrote:

> Not all cameras use the same formatting.

I understand that there are some oddballs, but I would think that any
card that appears as a "normal" disk to a computer would have to use a
standard format. I have read that ISO 9660 is used, and I know that a
Mac can read that format without extra drivers. And I installed no
drivers to read the 32 Meg card I have. It shows up and behaves just
like a normal disk -- I can move files to and from it, and delete files,
exactly as I would with a "standard" disk drive.

>Assuming that the size
> of the larger card that you buy will be compatible with your camera,
> if the manufacturer of the card preformats it for you, do you think
> it's more likely that it would be formatted to be compatible with
> newer cameras, many of which can utilize cards of 4GB or larger, or
> that it would be formatted for cameras not designed to use cards
> larger than, say, 128MB or 256MB?

Actually, IF the cards are formatted ito a standard (such as ISO 9660),
I would assume that the formatting is in no way determined by size of
the memory card, any more than it is with rotating memory. An ISO 9660
drive can be almost any size.

Isaac
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Anonymous
May 26, 2005 4:39:57 AM

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On Wed, 25 May 2005 20:54:40 -0700, Isaac Wingfield wrote:

> I understand that there are some oddballs, but I would think that any
> card that appears as a "normal" disk to a computer would have to use a
> standard format. I have read that ISO 9660 is used, and I know that a
> Mac can read that format without extra drivers. And I installed no
> drivers to read the 32 Meg card I have. It shows up and behaves just
> like a normal disk -- I can move files to and from it, and delete files,
> exactly as I would with a "standard" disk drive.

It depends entirely on the operating system, and what kind of file
systems they understand. The problem doesn't lie with the computer,
but with the camera. ISO 9660 is irrelevant for most cameras.
Until recently, the only file system they understood was 16-bit FAT
(file allocation tables). To be able to handle larger cards, they
had to switch to 32-bit FAT. If you use your computer to format a
card, you better be able to know what kind of file system needs to
be created to be usable by the camera, and the formatting program
must be able to allow you to specify not only the file system, but
the sub-type as well. On one old computer that I still have running
Windows95, it can't format a drive as large as some CF cards that
are now used in cameras. And if you take large cards that are used
in the latest Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Kodak, Olympus (etc.) cameras, the
JPG files on them won't be seen if the cards are plugged into old
models of the same brand, because the operating system used in the
older cameras weren't designed to handle such "large drives".


> Actually, IF the cards are formatted ito a standard (such as ISO 9660),
> I would assume that the formatting is in no way determined by size of
> the memory card, any more than it is with rotating memory. An ISO 9660
> drive can be almost any size.

You have much to learn, grasshopper. :)  Was your original
question a troll? You now seem to have all the answers to your
original questions! Your assumption(s) are wrong, btw.
Anonymous
May 26, 2005 1:31:38 PM

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In article <6hja911edv487u9bk7k57uj8tno7r7iahe@4ax.com>,
ASAAR <caught@22.com> wrote:

> You have much to learn, grasshopper. :) 

Yup. Been learning for a long time. Still a few things I don't know.

>Was your original question a troll?

Nope. That's a stupid waste of newsgroups.

>You now seem to have all the answers to your original questions!

Just trying to relate what I do know to what I don't.

Your mention of FAT16 and FAT32 helped, though. Macs can handle those
older formats just fine. I don't intend to buy a card large enough to
require FAT32 anyhow.

One answer I haven't gotten is whether an attempt to format a card
larger than 32 Meg in my camera could damage the card. I have read that
in a review of the camera.

Thanks for your help.

Isaac
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