Shannon Stacey

SD Card catastrophe

So I pay umpteen dollars today for a 256-whatever SD card to expand my iPAQ. Loaded a bunch of songs on there. The book I’m editing and the book I’m writing. Pics of my characters. One of Jaci’s books. All’s good. I listened to the playlists while writing a scene.

Then I put it away and went to make supper. I just picked it up and the card’s blank! The songs, books, etc are gone!


Yes, they’re all still on my computer (except for that whole freakin scene), but still. It was a pain in the ass getting it all loaded and organized. For nothing. *sigh*

11 comments to “SD Card catastrophe”

  1. AngieW
      · March 22nd, 2005 at 8:35 pm · Link

    Aahhh… what kind of card did you buy? Because I had this problem. It’s common with certain brands. And actually, my card has a formatting problem and will only hold 70mb instead of 256mb. To get a new one I have to send it back to the company and then wait for them to replace it. sometimes technology sucks.

    Sorry you lost a scene of writing :(

  2. Shannon
      · March 22nd, 2005 at 8:47 pm · Link

    It’s a…Lexar, I think.

    And not only is the stuff gone, but to experiment, I thought I’d copy the songs again, and Media didn’t even recognize that I have an SD card.

    That was a pretty expensive thing to own for a few hours. :cursin:

  3. Steph T.
      · March 22nd, 2005 at 10:23 pm · Link

    *note to self: steal Shannon’s WTF smiley*

  4. AngieW
      · March 23rd, 2005 at 9:34 am · Link

    okay, don’t panic. First, do you have an SD card slot on your computer? Pop it in and reformat the card. If not, go to their website. they have an area to report problems like this- and you’ll end up having to send the card in. I know because my card is a Lexar. This is a very common problem with their cards. Often, re-formatting it will work to fix the problem. The other thing is, depending on where you bought it from, if it was recently, you should be able to return it and get another.

    Sorry Shan!

  5. Nicole
      · March 23rd, 2005 at 12:22 pm · Link

    Another thing that I came across when I had my card is that it would prematurely say that it was full when I’d only used a third of it. It wasn’t a problem with the card, but with the standard fat-16 thing they use and file names. So to work around that, I just use folders on my card and it works great. I’ve got a PDF folder, HTML, LIT, Music, etc. It’s something about a holdover from earlier formatting things, like when we used early windows we could only have our file names so long. Husband explained it to me, but I can’t remember all the particulars. That might be your problem, Angie. It too k us FOREVER to figure it out, but it works.

    Shannon, it’s SO cool to be able to put all your ebooks on your iPaq. As soon as I download, one copy goes on my iPaq and then it’s put in the ebook folder. Then at night it gets copied over to DH’s computer for backup.

  6. Jaci
      · March 23rd, 2005 at 12:32 pm · Link

    you lost a Jaci book? How tragic :razz:

    Seriously….ack! Hope you can retrieve everything and get it to work. Technology of any kind gives me hives so I’ll just commiserate from the bleachers. :oops:

  7. Anna Lucia
      · March 23rd, 2005 at 7:02 pm · Link

    OT – love the new blog style, Shan – Classy!

    Although in IE the grey box around the main section (containing the posts, comments etc) cuts halfway through the menu boxes on the right)

    Lovely, though. Look! White walls, blue rug! ;)

  8. Shannon
      · March 23rd, 2005 at 7:06 pm · Link

    It does in Firefox, too. I think it’s supposed to. (The only thing I don’t like about this theme. Well, that and the font, which I changed…and the footer color, which I changed.) I’ll probably keep ring-around-the-theme until my site’s done. :cheesy:

    As for the SD card, I don’t have a reader. I might get one. I’m just discouraged with technology right now, and I had a busy day, too. (The Easter Bunny is hunting for Edward, the Kind Old Engine)

    And I’m still suffering from Blogger’s Cramp. :cursin:

    But we’re having take-out for dinner! :neener:

  9. Alison
      · March 23rd, 2005 at 11:36 pm · Link


  10. Shannon
      · March 24th, 2005 at 12:01 am · Link


    Ummmmmmmmm…I hear that alot. Usually from a parent or my husband. Occasionally from the tall kid.

    I didn’t realize it was effecting you. Sowwy. But I’m done now. The gradients in the green and gray thing effected readability, I thought.

    Actually, I didn’t think that. I thought it was very pretty, but the opaque gray thing extending into the menu bugged the hell out of me, and I didn’t know how to fix it. And while I can tell myself it’s only temporary until the creative goddess whose mind I’m apparently screwing with says Voila!, I want it not to be yucky for now.

    I’m done now. Honest.

    See? Lots of white space. :cheesy:

  11. Shannon
      · March 24th, 2005 at 12:18 am · Link

    Holy seasick, Batman! What an active little bunch of smilies!

    I wish I could hide :eyebrow: and only use it myself. ggg

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