02-03-2012 08:50 AM
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02-04-2012 07:34 PM
Another user with issues with the Micro SD cards (Apacer brand).
I have 6 cameras and 2 have bad card. One went bad about 2 months ago (10 months use) and the other went bad this weekend (10 months use). Unfortunately when card goes bad the camera does not record onto computer. Design flaw I think.
Switch out the new cards and everthing is back and running. Didn't bother with warranty just went straight for 32GB so I won't have to worry about the card for a few years.
Are these SD cards crappy and/or defective?
02-04-2012 07:43 PM
I suspect you are correct - they are just cheap cards in an expensive camera - IMO Logitech should send us all name brand, A quality cards and upgrade them to at least 16GB for our troubles. I have issues with two of my cards as well. Eventually I suspect they will all die. Very frustrating, and terribly inconvenient when they are mounted up on an eave or dormer.
Design flaws are 1) they should have put them in the power supply which is typically easier to get to, and 2) yes, they should record to the PC regardless however I suspect that is an issue because if your computer if off line, asleep or otherwise not accessible, it has to put the records somewhere.
02-28-2012 10:46 AM
Resolved Formating of Micro SD card.
I had the same problems. I removed two cameras and one card would not format in either. I put it in a USB carrier and quick formatted it on a computer; then copied some data to it to ensure it was ok. However when put back in a camera it would not format and was reported as faulty. Back in the USB carrier on the computer the data was still on the Micro SD, untouched. I then tried a full format and again tried to format it in a camera. Success; the camera is now recording. Hope it solves your problem.
Let me know!
02-29-2012 10:13 AM
Thanks for the update. It makes sense. When you choose to run a regular format, files are removed from the disk that you are formatting and the disk is scanned for bad sectors. The scan for bad sectors is responsible for the majority of the time that it takes to format a disk. If you choose the Quick format option, format removes files from the partition, but does not scan the disk for bad sectors.
03-30-2012 12:48 PM
I have the same issue, and I have also been following this thread and others since I discoverd my first SD card problem a year ago.
I have one camera, but I would love to add the 3 additional ones I need - but - I have to go up on a ladder every few weeks and mess with the SD card. I always apply the updates and still I have the issues. I have replaced the card twice, formatted multiple times, used a PC at least twice, reset the camera 100 times, and the other day it stopped again. Nothing works for more than a week or two.
Last night a few teenages were running through yards wrecking stuff....I have nothing because my camera doesn't record. it might as well be one of those faux camera you can get for $10. I too have about had it.
Please offer a solution, - or could someone recommend another system that works on home wiring and is viewable on a PC and records to a PC?
04-02-2012 08:55 AM
same problem as everyone else. 6 cameras, all outside, 2 just stopped working. Fine in live view with no SD card, but once I put the card back in, nothing. Where can I get new cards...of better quality?
04-02-2012 09:08 AM
If you call Logitech and complain, they will send you new cards. Problem is they are the same cheapo lousy cards they originally supplied. Great camera, high quality hardware but then they blow it all out the door with these cheap junk SD cards. First of all, the cards should be in the power supply, which is typically much more accessible AND easy to get to than the camera itself - or at least it can be extended via a longer ethernet cable to a place easier to get to. The camera, not so much. They need to redesign this in the new version. Meanwhile they did offer you the ability to reset the camera's card from the software (recently update) however if you can't get the camera recognized, that won't work either.
One suggestion I have for all is to RESERVE your camera's IP address in your router software. I did that and my camera failure rate dropped by 99%. Otherwise, when their is a power failiure, especially one of those flicker type failures where the power is only out for a second or two, the cameras all vie for the same IP address (or at least some do) and you get back 1 or 2 cameras or none sometimes - however if you reserve the IP to the MAC for EACH camera, that likely won't be an issue. Not to say it still can't get confused but it's rare now that I have a camera failure.
Re: SD cards, just replace them all with brand name quality cards, such as ScanDisk or Kingston. I mean who ever heard of Apacer? And I strongly recommend upgrading to 16 or 32 GB - you've made an investment in a camera system for a reason, why not invest in quality SD cards that last and record more - some of my cards go back for months and months of recording.
04-02-2012 09:12 AM
Just to expand on what toppro just posted...
microSD/SDHC cards are available just about anywhere...as they are used in cell phones and numerous other devices. Pick a brand you are comfortable with and a size ( up to 32gb ) that suits how many clips you want to retain on the camera ( the bigger the capacity, the longer before it gets overwritten...thus the longer the lifetime of the card as well ). The "Class" rating fo 2/4/6/10 is a performance rating, but the general consensus is that it also infers a higher quality. A Class of 4 is certainly sufficient ( not sure they even sell a Class 2 anymore ), but a higher Class certainly won't hurt ( and the price differences between Classes have reduced over the past few years ).
Did you try to see any clips on it from the PC ? Did you try formatting it ( NTFS ) on the PC ? Hopefully you had the camera powered-down when removing/inserting it.
04-02-2012 10:19 AM
thanks to you both...but I am not a computer wizz so all this talk about reformatting in my PC is gobblygoop to me
I will get a few more of these cards and see if that solves our problem. I did power down, reset, take the card out and re-inserted...nothing yet.