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My Pentax K-5 is showing Memory Card Full message when there

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My Pentax K-5 is showing Memory Card Full message when there are only 12 images in it.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Russell A. replied 2 years ago.


What is the size (capacity) and type (SD or SDHC) of the memory card?

Have you formatted the card using the camera's Format process?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hi Russell, I am a novice with the camera, having purchased it about 5 years ago and used it for a few months back then. The memory card has the following written on it - 30 MB/s and 4GB/60 minutes. It was already formatted when I bought it and there was no issue with it back then. I would never have had more than say 100 images on it in the past.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Earlier today i looked in an online info thing and a person said they fixed their K-5 memory card full issue by removing the card and blowing into the cavity.When I did that, the card allowed me to increase from 5 images to 12 images. No more 'huffing and puffing' helped!
Expert:  Russell A. replied 2 years ago.

If the camera will allow, format the card using the attached instructions. It is possible that the card has become fragmented or a single corrupted file is inhibiting the read/write process. Finally, the card may have just physically failed. If the formatting does not restore normal operation, then, a new card is the next thing to try. Please let me know the result.

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Expert:  Russell A. replied 2 years ago.

Transfer any files that you want to keep first, since formatting will erase everything.