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TASCAM DR-08 card format issue?
« on: May 06, 2010, 05:40:13 AM »
Hi -

I just got a new micro sd card for my TASCAM DR-08, it's a Kingston 8GB, Class4.

When I try to do a full format, it seems to take forever - I mean like 5 hours + and never finishes...I can get it to format on a 'quick format' but then if I run at 24/48, it says the total time for the card is 02.04.12, which isn't much more than my 2GB card.

I tried doing a full format on the 2GB card that came with the unit, and the same thing - it never finishes formatting.

Anyone seen this problem???
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Re: TASCAM DR-08 card format issue?
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2010, 08:36:47 AM »
I'm willing to be that the time it gives you is the time for the 2GB limit.

I'm under the impression that this recorder has seemless splits @ 2GB.

So you should have about 4X that amount of time to record with.

I think my DR-07 does that.
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Re: TASCAM DR-08 card format issue?
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2010, 06:08:10 PM »
Yep that's pretty much the 2gb limit, so I did guess that. I will test it and try it with another card just to be sure.

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Re: TASCAM DR-08 card format issue?
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2010, 07:38:55 AM »
My DR-07 does that as well - every time I start a new recording it shows the time left for a 2GB file, even when I have a 8GB card in it and already have files on it, so this confirms what Mike is saying.

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Re: TASCAM DR-08 card format issue?
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2013, 03:52:05 PM »
I just got a new micro sd card for my TASCAM DR-08, it's a Kingston 8GB, Class4.

When I try to do a full format, it seems to take forever - I mean like 5 hours + and never finishes...

Sorry for the looooong bump, but I'm having this problem just as we speak. The DR-08 is stuck at formatting a standard 2GB micro-SD and it's been like that for the past 30 minutes; I now see it's a recurrent error.

What I'm wondering is - will the card/recorder/something suffer any damages if I turn it off right now while it's still (supposedly) formatting?
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Re: TASCAM DR-08 card format issue?
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2013, 04:20:16 PM »
Sergio, just do a quick format and you will be fine ;)
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Re: TASCAM DR-08 card format issue?
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2013, 05:53:16 PM »
Sergio, just do a quick format and you will be fine ;)
Yes, I supposed that, but I had already selected a full format and the thing was stuck so I was panicking that the card or the recorder might get damaged. Luckily it has turned out fine, I removed the batteries, put them back again, turned on the device and did a quick format - everything's working fine.

Not nice that "full formats" give a recurrent error though.
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Re: TASCAM DR-08 card format issue?
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2013, 06:01:44 PM »
Sergio, just do a quick format and you will be fine ;)
Yes, I supposed that, but I had already selected a full format and the thing was stuck so I was panicking that the card or the recorder might get damaged. Luckily it has turned out fine, I removed the batteries, put them back again, turned on the device and did a quick format - everything's working fine.

Not nice that "full formats" give a recurrent error though.
My experience with the DR-08 is that it is one of the more finicky decks when it comes to the cards that it likes. It is the only deck I own that uses SDHC micro. That said, it is prudent with this deck to stay away from the full format. I have found on many of my Tascam decks the full format takes hours with a 16gb card.
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Re: TASCAM DR-08 card format issue?
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2013, 06:19:55 PM »
Wonder why there is even an option to do a full format when a quick format does the job?
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Re: TASCAM DR-08 card format issue?
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2013, 03:35:59 AM »
My Tascam DR-5 had also issues with cards, like never stopping full format or crashing during recording. now i use the SDHC cards from the official tascam list with no issues
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Re: TASCAM DR-08 card format issue?
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2020, 12:03:10 PM »
Necroposting for future readers (as I was): full formatting can take a VERY long time, but it will eventually finish. 
I thought my DR-05 was stuck formatting a 16GB Class10 SD card, but after two or three hours, it completed successfully. I bet a Class4, like OP's, could take much longer.

 

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