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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:41 pm 
Ok , i have the 1 gig xd card that came with my camera but....

I have twice had this same issue...first time i was at home fooling around, so no biggie...but this time I am pissed!

The card was about half full of pics..nothing speacial.... then I decide to take my 4yr old skating....
We take a day full of pics and even some nice old building shots from downtown.... including my TIME entry!

We get home , i hook my camera to the laptop and cant see the pictures i just took...all days worth. the old ones are there...but not todays.

I put the card in the card reader i have in my laptop....same thing.
I put the card back in the E-510 .... switch to view and get :

No Pictures message

so i take a few test shots of my table and computer...they work and save no problem..... but everything between the old ones and those test shorts are gone.

We turned the camera on and off about 4 times today, and changed the settings as well (scene to auto / to portrait)

I need to know if this is common?
Is there a way to recover them?

They are not on my CF card either...... i checked.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:07 pm 
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That is a real downer (to put it extremely mildly) :evil:

The only thing I can think of is that maybe the card wasn't fully inserted but in that event it's disappointing that the camera didn't warn you. Until you get this resolved I suggest that whenever you insert a card in the camera take some test shots and then review them to make sure they have been saved. The only complication with that is what effect the camera's own buffer will have. Any other owners care to comment?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:22 pm 
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That's bizarre and obviosuly a big problem.

You say it happens with CF cards as well?

I'd say you need to get it back to Olympus for servicing ASAP.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 2:50 pm 
no .. only the XD card.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:57 am 
....... also check for a bent pin......

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:03 pm 
The worst part is.... there are pictures i took ,viewed and copied that i can not access now.... the ones of my work building and the CN tower are no longer viewable on the card....

i think it is the card its self .....
time to shop for a new backup XD card...

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:41 pm 
Are sure the card access light was off? I have similar issues when the camera is still writing to the card and you yank the card out.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 5:33 pm 
It happens to me once with a CF card. I brought my E520 to a party, shot about 20 pics during that evening. As i was going back home, i tried to look at the pictures and there was none from the party....only the ones that i took before that night!!!! Just that once thought (for now anyway...).

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:56 am 
I am having reliability issues with xD cards as well.

This happened to me twice:

Works fine when I am using it in the camera. Then I remove to upload pics in my laptop and poof there is nothing there except the main folder.
I put it back in my e520 and it says xD card error. I format it and again it works fine.

I stopped using xD though its loaded in my camera. I am sticking with CF. Never has it given me problems.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:44 am 
There are a number of types of XD card. Are you guys sure the card you are using is compatible with your camera? I have a 4 year old C60 zoom and it just will not work with the newer M or M+ cards. I lose half the images and can not shoot video at all. Also my camera is supposedly compatible with cards up to 512MB, not greater. Olympus have updated the firmware for the C50 so it will accept the newer type of card but not the C60. Can you see any sense in that? I can't.
As I can not get hold of the standard XD cards any longer I may have to replace a perfectly good camera but I surely won't be getting another Olympus!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:21 pm 
For owners of bodies with dual slots I would stay away from xD.
They are in any case slower than CF so it takes longer for your camera to write to them between shots.

Use CF only, and when you want to delete all pics on it, format the card rather than just deleting the pics. Card should be more reliable by doing that.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:14 pm 
I started off using a 1 gig XD card from Olympus. Never had any problems. I just bought two 2 gig CF PNY cards for $12.99 each at Best Buy. Write speed of 266x. Haven't had any problems with them either.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:44 pm 

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One other option to check is that if using an xd card the xd is selected. an earlier post mentioned there were several changes to the setup.. could be that cf was selected with only xd card in the camera.

I did that early on with my e510 and didnt figure it out for a couple days.

also be careful not to reformat xd cards in a pc slot. Prior to the olympus e510 I had a fuji camera that used xd cards and once i reformatted the card in the pc slot the camera refused to write to the reformatted card. I havent attempted that test on the E510 but be careful.


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