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06-05-2012, 02:16 AM   #1

K20d keeps scrambling SD cards

I now have a repeat problem with my k20d which I think other people may be having a similar issue with.

On numerous occasions now when I take an image, the camera light on the back blinks for an excessive amount of time whilst attempting to render the image to disk and then errors. The usual message I get is "Cannot display image". On nearly every occasion it happens, it scrambles the card with all of the images lost as nothing is viewable on either the camera or on the computer. I originally thought it was just a dodgy card but now it is happening to many cards of different brands.

I always format the card before using on each occasion and of late have not been deleting images on the go during a days shoot. This happened to 4 different cards over the past 2 weeks whilst away on holiday including one new scandisk card I bought whilst away. I have on occasion been able to use file recovery software to restore images from a damaged card but as I use burst mode occasionally if it errors on the first shot the next shot can destroy what is on there with no chance of recovery.

Is there anyone out there with this exact same issue as I am playing Russian roulette every time I take a photo at the moment?

Thanks for taking time to read through this


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Hi Richard,

Have you formatted the cards in-camera? That's your best best to make sure the filesystem is in order.

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What type of cards?

I had a similiar issue when I had K20's and used a Kingston card. It was very repeatable. I never had the issue on other cards, and when using the Kingston in either my K-X or K5, no problems at all. Have no idea what the cause was...or how to solve your issue. All I can add is what happened to me....


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