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01-27-2014, 09:06 PM   #1

format memory card to Pentax K-X?

Is it necessary to format the memory card to my Pentax K-X? I have been getting the message "This image cannot be displayed" a lot.
Is there a memory card that works best with this camera? Are there some kind of upgrade downloads for the camera that would fix this?

01-27-2014, 09:14 PM   #2
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There's a firmware update that addresses some instabilities when you use SDXC (64 Gb and up) cards. You can grab it here (v1.03):
New DSLR Firmware Released (v1.13/12/03) - Pentax Firmware -

As for formatting the card, the best thing to do is to format it in camera. And make sure you don't have a "fake" or "counterfeit" SD card and you should be in good shape. Sandisk and Lexar cards are generally the way to go.

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As Adam mentioned, use your camera to format the card. Your pc will still recognize the formatting your camera uses.

I've used SanDisk & Transcend cards without issue.

BUT, it's important to regularly back up your data, preferably in more than one place. An external drive plus an online back up combination is highly recommended.
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If it absolutely will not read in the computer, but will in camera, then you might try your USB cable to get the images off before getting rid of the card.

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Another vote for SanDisk cards from me, I also change for new cards fairly frequently, I treat 'em a bit like consumables as film was in the dark old days.
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I would defintely get the images off the camera and check that sucka... get yer self a nice high speed card.. why take a chance?
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Def. go with Sandisk - although I never had a problem with my Lexar Professional card, Sandisk is the cream of the crop.

You do not need a new card all the time. The biggest thing to do for card maintenance is to offload your card frequently, and then format the card. Do not copy and then delete photos as this messes with the directory of the card. SD cards are great, but they are not like a computer, and fragmentation is a big problem

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