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Play.com Memory Cards BEWARE!!!!!!

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  1. Razor

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    I have just returned from my holidays to the Red Sea in Egypt. :clap:

    http://www.play.com/play247.asp?pa=sr&page=title&r=ELEC&title=502803

    I was given 2x512meg SD memory cards (High Speed) from two good friends as a birthday present to use with my Canon digital ixus 700. Both cards produced memory errors and were unusable once a good few pictures were taken (approx 20% of card). I also have a Sandisc SD 1 gig card which I had no problems with at all.

    To say I am annoyed at this is an understatement as I took both these cards on a dive to the Red Sea and chance had it I saw a 12 foot Hammerhead shark :D . Try as I might the card I was using wouldn't let me take a picture. :mad: I instead it kept saying 'Memory Card Error' or 'unreconised format'. Even though I had been snapping away with the camera all morning and rewatching short video and pics, with no problems. :censored:

    This was the same for both play.com memory cards. In the end I had to resort to backing up my Sandisc card on cd by a small photoshop I found in the hotel.

    Has anyone else had any problems with these cards?
     
  2. HMHB

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    I always stick to branded memory cards and haven't had a problem so far ..... why did I say that :rolleyes:
     
  3. Johndm

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    Did you FORMAT your cards IN the camera, or just erase the mornings pics/video?

    If you only erased, that might be your problem.

    regards
     
  4. sy278

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    perhaps they just hada bad batch in, it does hapen you know!

    I have several memory cards from play.com and they all work perfectly.
     
  5. Razor

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    Hi John :hiya:

    I just popped the cards in the camera and snapped away. I did the same for my Sandisc card.

    I only deleted a few miss shots that came out poorly. Am I ment to format these cards first? Sorry for asking this as I am not a camera expert. :confused:

    I did manage to recover the pics I did take :rolleyes: which was a relief (I dont know if I lost any pics tho :confused: :confused: ).
    My camera just wouldnt let me take any new ones or view the ones I had taken.
     
  6. Razor

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    sy278 :hiya:
    You could be right there as both cards were bought at the same time.
     
  7. Johndm

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    Oh yes.....you should always format new cards in the camera before first use.

    Try it before you send em back, it just might be the problem.
     
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    what manufacture are the cards?
     
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    Must admit, I've never formatted new cards (Sandisc) and I haven't had any problems, but I'll do so in future - you never know! I always format after use.
     
  10. Razor

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    Mr Jones

    I dont know what make these cards are, I would be intrested to see who originally made them.

    Johndm

    Sorry for being a total newbie here but how do you fromat these SD cards? Maybe the Sandisc cards are pre formated?
     
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    another reason to buy a well known, well respected branded card. dont wanna loose your pictures!


    i tend to ensure that i format my cards when they are new IN THE CAMERA, and not format them via a cardreader or connection to the computer. it takes seconds and is well worth doing IMHO
     
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    There will be an option on your cameras menu to format the cards.

    Note, this MUST be done in the camera, never format in a computer or other device, as these might format differantly, thus causing the problems you have had.

    Even so, stick to known brands as suggested. Sandisk, Lexar and Kingston for example
     
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    i found once when i accidentally formatted via the computer and didnt reformat in the camera, the camera saved every image twice


    weird.


    needless to say i never did that again
     
  14. Razor

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    Cheers for the advice everyone on formatting :thumbsup: . I will still return these cards as I dont want to run the risk of it happening again and lossing any important pics.

    I think I will stick to Sandisc as I have never had any problems with this brand.

    :)
     
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    I recently bought a 1Gig SD Bytestor ( high speed) card for my Canon S2 IS, I formatted the cards in camera with a full low level format. I also started to get memory errors at about 20% useage. The cards could be read from a reader and sometimes from the camera itself, I feared that the camera was to blame, serves me right for being an early adopter. But as I like the camera so much I did a bit of research into the memory, it turns out that this memory has quite a bad name for itself especially with Canons. Check out user reviews on amazon, I have no confidence in this memory at all and will be replacing it with sandisk extreme. I suspect that alot of the cheap memory is rebranded generic, definately a case of you get what you pay for.
    Thankfully I have not lost any images and have learned my lesson, what with a new arrival due next month :D

    Cheers Iain
     
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    Exact same behavior I had. Its shocking that these cards are being sold in this faulty state. :eek:
     
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    Iain - as a matter of interest, how are you getting on with you S2 IS as it looks like one hell of a great camera ? (sorry to go off topic!)
     

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