11 Replies Latest reply: Dec 8, 2007 3:50 PM by bandit
bandit Level 3 Level 3 (875 points)
don't know if this is the right forum, but here goes. Just purchased a Panasonic FZ18 camera. Bought 2 ATP 4GB SDHC memory cards online. One of the cards give me an error when put in the camera. IT say's to remove and inset the card again. I have done this several time to no avail. I cant get into the camera's menu to format the card and the software that came with the camera is not Mac compatible. Is there a way to format the card on my G5 computer OR my macbook?

G5 2.3 GHZ, Mac OS X (10.5), macbook 2.0Ghz (black) 80 GB Hard Drive, 1 GB ram
  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,685 points)
    You'd need a card reader, and then you should be able to use "Disk Utility" to format the memory card. I'd wonder if the card is damaged or defective if the camera cannot recognize it.
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (64,630 points)
    Unless you can connect the camera to your Mac, insert the card and have it mount to the finder you would need a SDHC card reader to mount it and format it

    It sound to me like the card may be defective - you may have to return it for replacement (or have the store you bought it from "show you how" to format it )

    Larry Nebel
  • Doug Eldred Level 4 Level 4 (3,270 points)
    You should be able to format it as FAT32 via Disk Utility, using a card reader. In general, it's better to format in the camera, but obviously that's not an option here. If the camera accepts the newly-formatted card, though, you should probably try reformatting it in the camera.

    Doug
  • Cameron S. Level 2 Level 2 (210 points)
    First, make sure your SDHC card is not locked. There should be a little switch somewhere on it. Move it to the unlocked position, and then try formatting it through your camera. From a Google search I found that to format the card you just have to do the following:

    "You must put the camera in playback mode .....the green arrow...menu and then the 3rd screen" (Source: http://tinyurl.com/2b8m28).

    To format it on your Mac, you'll have to have a compatible SDHC card reader. In the same thread as above, however, it says Panasonic's card formatting software is not Mac-compatible. You may be able to do it with Disk Utility or some third party program.

    If you try everything that I've mentioned and it still doesn't work, you may need to replace the cards.

    Hope that helps
  • bandit Level 3 Level 3 (875 points)
    THe memory card came with a USB 2.0 reader. I am able to see it on my desktop. Could someone explain exactly how to format the card using disk utility. I have never done that.
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (64,630 points)
    Connect your card reader and insert your card

    go to applications ==> utilities ==> disk Utility and start the program

    follow the on screen directions (select the disk - your card - select erase - select the format (probably FAT-32 but depends on your camera) and erase (just be sure you select the card NOT YOUR main HD ) )

    Larry Nebel
  • bandit Level 3 Level 3 (875 points)
    I erased it and the camera is still displaying the error. Guess i will try once again returning it to the store.

    Thank you so much for your help.
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (64,630 points)
    Good Luck
  • Doug Eldred Level 4 Level 4 (3,270 points)
    Um, just a quick sanity-check: your camera claims to support 4 GB cards, right? Not all cameras can handle the newer, larger cards.

    Doug
  • bandit Level 3 Level 3 (875 points)
    yes, it can handle it. Thank you for asking though.
  • bandit Level 3 Level 3 (875 points)
    Went back to the store and this time was able to return it. Bought another card and have no problem. The one card must have been defective.