Yesterday and today is Chelmsford's annual festival of strange and wonderful street theatre, streetdiversions. Having a day off yesterday, I went into town and spent six hours snapping away. I was snapping so much I thought I needed a new spare memory card for my camera. A helpful assistant I've dealt with before in Camera World sold me one of the spanking new 4 GB SD cards. Wonderful. That would take over two thousand photos at low resolution, or five hundred at high resolution.
Problem number one came last night. I formatted the new memory card, but the camera then threw up an error message. It wouldn't format on our Windows Vista computer (which occasionally throws hissy fits about formatting), but did so perfectly on our old Windows XP machine.
Fine, but the camera still gave the error message. It looks like it can't accept more than 1 GB of memory. Drat. Oh well, at least I can try to exchange it for some smaller cards, I thought, and if the shop won't accept that, I'll just have to eBay it to recoup some losses.
However, still needing memory space on my existing card, I decided I would back up the photos on it and delete them from the card. With too many to fit on a data CD, I formatted (successfully, it said) a data DVD. I left Vista churning away for the half an hour it lazily took to copy the pictures onto the DVD. I checked, and the photos were clearly on the DVD, so I deleted them from the memory card.
This morning, I thought I'd upload some of them to my Flickr account. Second problem. Mighty big one. This formatted DVD with photos on it now appears as a blank, unformatted disc to Vista, and is unreadable or corrupted to XP. And I had deleted the pictures from the memory card – nearly five hundred. While most were from yesterday, I needed several ready for a church website we hope to upload.
I think you can imagine how I feel …