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Removable Media Drive issues

How to repair a PCMCIA / Compact flash card by Firebird Scrambler
Posted: 6 Mar 06 (Edited 27 May 08)

Instructions on how to format a pcmcia card from within a Option 11c

TTY 00 SCH MTC   23:54
OVL111 IDLE   0

PDT:  login on /sio/0
PDT in Progress. Please Wait....

pdt> cd a:     (You can use either the A or B card slots on the 11c!)
pdt> ll

Directory of 'a:':
   SIZE          DATE       TIME         NAME
----------   -----------  --------   ------------
       512   Jul-12-2004  12:48:36   BACKUP                    <DIR>
       512   Jul-12-2004  18:23:10   ARCH_DB                   <DIR>
       512   Jul-12-2004  12:16:46   BOOTROM                   <DIR>
       512   Jul-12-2004  12:16:48   DFLT_DB                   <DIR>
   1479908   Sep-25-2003  18:08:20   DRAMOS
    204010   Sep-25-2003  18:08:22   DRAMOS.SYM
       661   Sep-25-2003  18:08:06   DRAMOSCC.SYM
       512   Jul-12-2004  12:17:08   P                         <DIR>
       892   Oct-01-2003  10:40:02   README.TXT
       512   Jul-12-2004  12:18:56   U                         <DIR>

pdt> pcmciaformat a:
PCMCIA 'a:' will be formatted (y/n) ?y   (It only takes a couple of seconds!)
Formatting PCMCIA 'a:'
Format complete

pdt> ll
Directory of 'a:':      (The pcmcia card is now formatted & blank!)

   SIZE          DATE       TIME         NAME
----------   -----------  --------   ------------

pdt> chkdsk
Volume in drive 'a:' has no label
47908864 bytes free on 'a:'

pdt> cd c:

pdt> exit
PDT in Progress. Please Wait....

TTY 00 SCH MTC   23:56
OVL111 IDLE   0

How to repair a PCMCIA / Compact flash card
that won't work in Windows 95/98 or on some Nortel applications

  Most PCMCIA or Compact flash size cards can be reused. If by any chance it was formatted by accident with Windows 2000 or XP etc, it's possible to recover the card back into full working order by putting it into a digital camera that accepts that type of card & using the camera's own format facility.
  I had a Canon Power shot A70 digital camera, which I found worked OK for me. I was then able to reuse my 64 Meg Sandisk CF card again.

The bulletin that warns you not to format with Windows XP or Windows 2000. It does say that you can use the CMD (DOS) prompt to format CF cards. i.e.

      FORMAT volume /FS:FAT    (volume = PCMCIA Drive Letter e.g. "H"

I regularly format PCMCIA/CF cards on my Windows XP laptop without issue.

A word of warning:  Don't ever delete anything on a PCMCIA/CF with Windows as Windows will create the Recycle Bin on the PCMCIA/CF card, and vxWorks doesn't like that.

If you need to delete something, then "MOVE" it (Cut & Paste) to another drive, then delete it.  This will prevent Windows from creating the Recycle Bin on the PCMCIA/CF card.

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