I am using an Ipaq (4350) that I bought back in February with a 4GB storage card that I just recently bought a couple of months ago.
While in the past I did not have any trouble transfering files between the Ipaq and my Inspiron 9200 laptop (which has a SD card reader built into it), I did notice wierd problems with the storage card while using it with the Ipaq. Periodally, the card would come up "Not formatted" when used in the Ipaq, and it would even sometimes get completely wiped out. Fortunately, I had the storage card's contents backed up on my laptop, so I could just copy the files over again.
Now, I'm noticing something extremely troubling. After the storage card got wiped out while using it in the Ipaq, I quickly made a backup of my current Ipaq data (that was in Main memory), using the Ipaq Backup utility. So now I had JUST THE BACKUP stored on the storage card. I then wanted to copy the other stuff (that I had backed up to my laptop) back to the card, so I removed the card from the Ipaq and inserted it into my laptop. To my shock, the laptop is telling me that the Storage card is unformatted. (It's recognizable in the Ipaq, and I see the backup file I just generated on the card, but the card comes up "unformatted" when I select the item from within my file explorer). So, I reformatted it with the laptop, just to see what would happen when I transferred it back ot the Ipaq. When I transferred it back to the Ipaq, the IPAQ told me the card was "unformatted". Why, all of a sudden, don't the formattings from my Ipaq and my laptop recognize each other any more. Additionally, after I format the card with my laptop's card reader, and try to restore the card's contents, I get an error message with one of the files being copied--it indicates that there was an IO device error.
To make matters worse, I have a 1GB card that I was using since late 2005 with an older Ipaq that I replaced with the 4350. The 1GB card worked flawlessly with the older Ipaq. BUT when I began using it with the 4350, I began to notice the same kind of problems when using the card with the Ipaq 4350. I haven't used the card that much lately, but now I tried to see if the same problem existed regarding the formatting of the card by either my laptop or my ipaq, and the card IS NOT EVEN RECOGNIZED BY EITHER MY IPAQ OR MY LAPTOP.
Could the ipaq 4350 have screwed up the cards? Could my laptop's card reader have screwed them up (doubtfully, since I was copying files to the card all along when I was still using my older ipaq)
Can someone tell me what is going on?? This is some tremendous grief.
I REALLY need somebody's help!