Photo Woes

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 …


About Dave Faulkner

I'm a British Methodist minister, married with two children. I blog from a moderate evangelical-missional-charismatic perspective, with an interest in the 'missional' approach. My interests include Web 2.0, digital photography, contemporary music and watching football (Tottenham Hotspur) and cricket.

Posted on May 25, 2008, in Personal, Web/Tech. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. My husband, who works for a company with a competing operating system (let the reader understand) said they are getting a number of people coming in to buy their machines because of being fed up with Vista.

    None of which helps you, sorry. Dave W will be here any minute to tell you to format your computer to Linux. 🙂 Have a good Sunday.


  2. Thanks, Pam! So your husband is the apple of your eye, is he? 🙂 I have a brother-in-law who is a tech support manager for Microsoft (which is one reason I stay with Windows, apart from my wife being familiar with it from work). I think he’ll get some ire from me, once his current back problem has improved! We’ve had Vista for over a year now, and have had some formatting problems in the past, but I had thought it was an issue with one of the drives on the PC.

    As for our friend the Revd W and Linux, well I have downloaded the new version of Ubuntu. It has a facility to install Linux from within Windows without the hassle of partitioning a hard drive. However, it plays up something rotten and I still haven’t been able to complete the installation. I’ve noticed some criticism on the web of the Ubuntu people not having sorted it properly for people who use Vista.


  3. Update: I’ve been back to Camera World this afternoon (I know, naughty on a Sunday, but I was back in town for the second and final day of streetdiversions). They have now discovered that the new SDHC cards aren’t compatible with my Nikon D50. Not having any other 4 GB cards in stock, they sold me an ‘ordinary’ 2 GB and refunded the difference. Not only that, the guy who served me offered to have a look at my rogue DVD to see whether any of the data was recoverable, so I’ll take that into him during the week. Great guy – brilliant service. And you knew he loved his photography: once the shop closed for the afternoon, he joined everyone else out on the High Street for the finale of the festival with the immortal Coneheads.


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