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I have a Nikon Coolpix L120 camera that will not format any

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I have a Nikon Coolpix L120 camera that will not format any SDHC card
JA: What's the exact make and model of the camera? And can you guesstimate how old it is?
Customer: Coolpix L120 and 5yrs old
JA: What happened right before this popped up? What troubleshooting have you tried?
Customer: i had lost the original card and when i bought a new one it wouldnt format it. I have tried several different Sandisk cards
JA: Anything else you want the camera expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  GeekGal replied 10 months ago.

Hi there. My name is*****'m sorry that you're having this problem. I will do my best to help. Can you tell me please what happens when you try to format the card? Do you get a specific error message?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Put card in and it says it needs formatted click yes, agree all files will be erased click yes, and it just takes me back and tells me the same thing
Expert:  GeekGal replied 10 months ago.

It sounds as though you are doing everything correctly and the card is indeed being formatted. Here's a good way to test. Take a few photos with the card in the camera. Then format the card and see if you can still find the photos. If you can't, then the format is working properly. Please give this a try and let me know the results.

Expert:  GeekGal replied 10 months ago.

Here's a link to the user manual for your camera.

The process for formatting a memory card is on page 117. Please note that it doesn't say that you will receive any confirmation that the card was indeed formatted. That is unfortunate. It would be nice to have it display a message stating that "The format is now complete" but unfortunately it was not designed that way.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It won't let me take pictures with the card In the camera, if i click no it tells me to shut the camera off.
Expert:  GeekGal replied 10 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear that. I am out of ideas. It sounds as though your camera may be defective. I will opt out and open the question to other experts who may be able to assist.

Expert:  Richard replied 10 months ago.

Hi there and welcome

Can you remove the battery please then hold the shutter button down for 60 seconds then release.

Wait 5 minutes, put the battery back in and try to turn it on and take photos.

Let me know the results please

Thank you