Our company works with several industrial diagnostic equipment that uses CF cards as memory devices. Usually we take out the cards and insert them in USB readers to download the data.
Any time the users format the cards on their computers, these are not recognized any more by the equipments, so we have a lot of CF cards that we can’t use. These works fine when connected to the computers or in digital cameras. As none of the equipments (data loggers, infrared cameras, video endoscopes and others) allows to format the cards, we always need to buy a new card each time a user formats it in his computer. All brand new cards are correctly recognized and work fine in every equipment.
So the question: is there any utility to format the cards leaving them in is original, brand new or factory state? We use standard 2 or 4 GB Ultra II CF cards.