I recently put a new 32GB Sandisk card in my D5000. I took about 40 pictures but only the first 31 came out. The others showed on the preview screen, but after the camera was turned off, they disappeared. The screen said "File does not contain image".
I copied the card to my PC, re-formatted the card, and took 33 pictures as tests, turned the camera off and on. Again, the first 31 came out, etc.
I put a new 4GB Sandisk card in and tested it the same way, and all pictures stay on the card.
Is this just a bad SD card? When I download the entire card to Nikon ViewNX, the pictures that didnt show say that the software cannot read the format.
#1. "RE: Bad Memory Card?" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonaina.
Sorry you are having difficulty with the memory cards. If memory serves (yeah, right) I seem to remember someone on this forum having similar problems. Their repair may have been formatting the card inside the camera; you may wish to give it a try.
"The Nikon did the work; I just happened to be behind it at the time." TP
#2. "RE: Bad Memory Card?" In response to Reply # 0
Hi Tim. Welcome to Nikonians.
Terry's right. All memory cards should be formatted in the camera in which they are to be used. Cards formatted in computers are unreliable at best, and they may not work at all. Even when using a memory card for the first time, it should be formatted in the camera before its first use in the camera.
Try formatting the card in your camera, then see what happens. Let us know how it works out. The Sandisk 32GB card isn't an approved card, but Toshiba and Panasonic 32GB SD cards are, so I would think a Sandisk 32GB SD should work.
#5. "RE: Bad Memory Card?" In response to Reply # 2
Rock Island, US
I formatted the card inside the D5000 when I got it. After the problem I re-formatted the card, again inside the camera. Same problem. Maybe I'll try one of the "approved" card brands. I just wanted the larger card for any video that I might record.
#4. "RE: Bad Memory Card?" In response to Reply # 3
It turns out there hasn't been any general firmware (A/B) update for the D5000. The only firmware update of any kind for the D5000 is only a "Distortion control data" upgrade, 1.002, which I do recommend, however, it won't affect memory card usage or compatibility.
The D5000 "Distortion control data" upgrade can be downloaded at the following link:
#7. "RE: Bad Memory Card?" In response to Reply # 0
Seattle, WA, US
Sounds like bad "sectors" on the card, similar to what happens on a hard drive.
Using a card reader, reformat the card using your computer (full format, not quick-format). This may help map the bad sectors. Then put the card into the camera and quick-format it there. Then take some pics and see what happens.
Contacting Sandisk about a replacement card is not a bad idea regardless.
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#8. "RE: Bad Memory Card?" In response to Reply # 0
Rock Island, US
I read up on similar situations on the SanDisk website and I saw a lot of fake card cases. I downloaded H2testw from the internet and I am testing the card now. I figured I only had about 90Mb of pics on the card before it stopped saving. The test shows only 95Mb of good space out of 32Gb. I bought this card on ebay, but it was not in the original pkg. It showed high feedback and that it came from the U.S. I just looked at the user id and he is located in Israel. I think I've been duped. It is either fake or defective. I am going to try to contact the seller for a refund. Thanks for the insight. My other card purchases will be made with more consideration.
#9. "RE: Bad Memory Card?" In response to Reply # 8
Good luck on getting the refund. If the seller doesn't come through, contact eBay about him selling counterfeit merchandise. They do sometimes come through on such complaints.
I never purchase anything on the Internet without looking it up on ResellerRatings.com and see a highly favorable rating. I know many have had excellent experiences with eBay, but I don't buy anything from them which is critical to my photography work. Too many people get burned buying on eBay too often for me to have any confidence in them.
Personally, I purchase my photography equipment only from reputable dealers which are highly rated, and well-known by Nikonians' members to have dealt with them fairly and honestly.