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Windows 7: cant format sd card fat 16

22 Apr 2010   #1
zane771

Woindows & Home Premium
 
 
cant format sd card fat 16

Have a new action cam that has a 2 GB sd card to give 1 hour recording, all I have to do is format it in Fat/Fat 16 nothing else.
But windows 7 only has NTFS Fat32 and exFat.
Can anyone advise me how to get round this problem?
Cheers Zane771


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22 Apr 2010   #2
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Your camera itself would have an option to format the card. Look around in the camera settings.
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22 Apr 2010   #3
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Agreed, the best device to format the card would be the camera itself. What is the make and model number of it?
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23 Apr 2010   #4
zane771

Woindows & Home Premium
 
 

its a Oregon Action Cam and there is nothing in the manual or on the unit to say format.
They only say use a 2 GB max sd card formatted to Fat16!
Thats all I know was going to try my Fuji fine pics SLR camera!
Bob
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23 Apr 2010   #5
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Is your Camera the ATC 3K model? If not which model is it? That aside I think you should have a User manual. Look in there for format or under "Preparing a new SD card". Sometimes manufaturers use odd descriptions when they mean Format. But always format throgh the camera. The chances are that if you format in another manufacturers camera then it wont work in yours. It is also good practice to delete video clips from the card through the camera. Again sometimes if you delete through Windows Explorer the card wont record in your camera and again once done in WE you can't then format in the camera. Does that all make sense. BTW if you have the above model there is internal memory, not much but enough to test the works. Interested to hear if you intend doing any video editing as with these action cameras you get a lot of "hose piping" which needs to be got rid of to make a reasonable action video. Sorry might be "teaching grannie to suck eggs" here!
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23 Apr 2010   #6
zane771

Woindows & Home Premium
 
 

Its an ATC 2K bought through Aldi and all they mention is erasing video! In the Addendum page they talk about conecting the Action Cam via USB to PC after the drivers install right click and format selct Fat or Fat 16, all very basic but im using Win 7 but even when I boot to my XP OS I still dont get the option of Fat / Fat 16 thats why im at a lose. So I thought of an externat format! Bob
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23 Apr 2010   #7
zane771

Woindows & Home Premium
 
 

have ordered a new scan disk 2 GB SD card as thats what they recomened only 4.95 so what the heck, and no I dont mind the advise all points welcolmed Cheers Bob (still sucking
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24 Apr 2010   #8
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zane771 View Post
Its an ATC 2K bought through Aldi and all they mention is erasing video! In the Addendum page they talk about conecting the Action Cam via USB to PC after the drivers install right click and format selct Fat or Fat 16, all very basic but im using Win 7 but even when I boot to my XP OS I still dont get the option of Fat / Fat 16 thats why im at a lose. So I thought of an externat format! Bob
I think they mean right click on the software that you install from the supplied CD. Have you installed the software yet?
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24 Apr 2010   #9
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Have been doing a search on your camera and it would seem that it is no longer in production as it does not appear on the manufaturers website and the only manual I can find is for the 3k model. Looking at that it would appear that after you insert the card and operate the camera it should start recording to the card without any formatting. You maynot be able to find a driver for Windows 7 so you may find that your PC will not be able to recognise the camera,. This is no great worry, there are a couple of ways round this. When eventually you get something recorded to an SD card you can take the card out of the camera and use a card reader to transfer the video clips to your PC. If you haveen't got a built in card reader in your PC have a look to see if your printer takes a card so that you can print direct from the card? If it does you can use this sytem and it will show up as a removable drive in your system root.If all else fails you will need a card reader - the ones on a USB stick are very convenient and very cheap.
Try recording to the card and see what happens!
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24 Apr 2010   #10
zane771

Woindows & Home Premium
 
 

Will take onboard everything and will see what happens when my card arives! Will have a play with it and let you know.
The camera didnt have a software disk and I have tried some short recordings using the internal memory and all works well with Windows 7 I find that my Fuji Phine Pix software grabs the files and all have played well.
I know im probably jumping the gun as I tried to see if I could format in Fat etc using a micro sd card so I was ready when my new SD arived and you know the rest.
Thanks for all the help so far will come back to you all ASAP.
Regards Bob
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