Having problems with your Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Digital Camera ?

I have had my sony for about 2 years and suddenly last night while shooting pictures, the message "unable to format card" appeared on my screen - what can I do?


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It's just the memory card. This error message comes up when the card sustains damage to any degree. Did you lend your camera or card to anyone or put the card into the wrong reading drive by accident? It may be time for a new memory card/stick. Exchange it if it's still under warranty.

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