SmartMedia card broken after formatting...
Posted on 2003-03-11
Hello. I have an Olympus D340-R Digital Camera that uses a 16MB SmartMedia flash memory card. One day, I was cleaning off my card through my USB reader, and for some crazy reason, I just used Windows's format utility to remove all the files instead of selecting them and deleting them. I don't realize why I did, and now regret it. The card itself still works fine, but it does something *very* strange.
I can still take pictures on it like normally like I did before. But after taking pictures, I put the card in my reader, and load up the drive. But, alas, there's nothing there. I have to resort using the serial data transfer cable that came with the camera. This method still works fine, but it is painfully slow (hence why I bought the USB reader).
I've read places that you shouldn't format like this, because it formats the drive using FAT32, and most cameras can't read that, only FAT(16). However, I've tried putting FAT32 on it, and Windows says I can't, since it's too small (go figure).
This is extremely annoying for me. I can still get the card to function, and I may end up buying a new one in the future, having learned the error of my ways. But I figured I'd ask here first. This is my first post, so I don't have that many points to put on this topic.
Basicially, what I'm looking for is some miracle program that will do *something* to the card that will make it work. I said earlier that FAT is on the card (not FAT32). The camera can still read and write to the media. The reader just doesn't pick up the actual files anymore (it did before I formatted it). I hope I'm not the only moron that's done this to himself. The media is so cheap now though, I don't really mind just buying a new one. But again, I'd much rather fix it than give up.
Hope I've been clear enough. I sure did write enough.