Having problems with your Nikon D70s Digital Camera ?

Cannot format card

\015 My card with pictures and a new unused card both read card not formatted\015

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Firstly you should use your card reader to offload the pictures onto your computer. If you don't have a card reader then you can pick them up brand new for around $20. These readers can stay connected to your computer via a USB socket and the card can be used through it instead of connecting your camera to the computer all the time.
\015\012Back to your cards. When you have loaded the pictures onto your computer then worry about the used card otherwise don't touch it.
\015\012Tell me why you want to format the cards? There is no reason to do this unless you are having problems with them. A card doesn't need formatting, you just delete the pictures on the card and it's ready to go.
\015\012Remember this important tip. NEVER format your card with your computer. When your camera formats the card it writes folders and other files to the card. Something your computer won't do. Using your computer will make the card unuseable in the camera.
\015\012If you insist or have good reason to format your card in your camera ensure the write inhibit isn't activated. Meaning that on your card is a small tab which if in the safe position it will stop it being formatted or having it's pictures removed. I've seen this done by "friends" to a card and the poor owner thinks his camera is broken.
\015\012If by chance your camera is telling you to format your card then it would be a large coincidence that you would have 2 faulty cards and possibly there is a fault within your camera. Does your camera take pictures correctly? Can you see those pictures rcorded to your card after you've taken them? Or does your camera just tell you to format your card and won't allow you to take any photos?
\015\012 If you can find someone with a similar camera, ask if they can format your card and see if it works in yours then. The local camera shop may be able to help you with the format. OR see if a friend has a card you can try in your camera and see if your camera tells you it needs formatting. If it does then it sounds as if there's a fault in your camera and the cards are OK. If this is the case then it needs looking at by a qualified camera repairman. If you have further questions write back and see if we can sort things out.
\015\012By the way by running through your options menu on you camera you will find a heading for Format card. Follow it's instructions and see if that solves your problem. But remember not to use your card with photos as you will lose them. Just ensure the battery is fully charged and in good condition prior to formatting the card. A power failure during formatting will damage the card for good. Also Never remove the card whilst it's being written to. This will also damage the card. Let me know if you aren't sure of anything I've written.
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