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A fix for Compact Flash cards not appearing in the Finder System
This problem was previously discussed in this hint. Some workaround solutions were found, but none was perfect. However, Apple has just realeased a Knowledge Base article about this problem and how to resolve it. In it, they state:
An invisible file in the /Volumes directory is preventing the card from appearing in the Finder. Delete this file to make the card appear.
Read the Knowledge Base article for the full procedure. Now everything works like a charm for me, isn't that the way it should always be? ;-)
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A fix for Compact Flash cards not appearing in the Finder
Authored by: marons on Apr 07, '03 11:05:27AM

I just tried it on my G3 and it didn't work. Image Capture recognized the card, but an 'ls -a /Volumes' in Terminal just gave
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and nothing else!



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A fix for Compact Flash cards not appearing in the Finder
Authored by: risa on Apr 07, '03 11:40:21PM

I've got the same problem -- I'm trying to read the card directed through the camera (Canon S230) on a PowerBook G4 running 10.2. iPhoto & ImageCapture read the card fine, but nothing in the finder and nothing listed in Volumes.



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A fix for Compact Flash cards not appearing in the Finder
Authored by: diamondsw on Apr 08, '03 01:33:00AM

This applies to compact flash cards mounted via card readers, not the camera. When mounted in a card reader, the card is treated as a standard drive. When mounted in the camera, the computer doesn't see a drive, they see (logically enough) a camera. Similarly, I'm pretty sure if you just mount the card then iPhoto and Image Capture won't see it, because they're looking for a camera. But if they do, then I know what little gizwidget I'm running out and buying.

And isn't the Canon S230 nice? :)



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A fix for Compact Flash cards not appearing in the Finder
Authored by: kopf on Apr 08, '03 01:56:02AM

I use a SanDisk ImageMate USB CF reader. The card's volume get mounted and then iPhoto opens, offering to import the card's pictures.

Much easier than connecting the camera, turning it on and making sure the camera battery stays charged...



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A fix for Compact Flash cards not appearing in the Finder
Authored by: diamondsw on Apr 08, '03 11:17:49AM

Well, I'll be. Good news for me, and I'm off to buy a card reader!



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A fix for Compact Flash cards not appearing in the Finder
Authored by: bhines on Apr 08, '03 05:18:26PM
diamondsw: You Are Wrong. Read the article, or RFTA as they say on slashdot. :) The very headline of the KB Article itself is "A Compact Flash card in a digital camera or card reader connected to the computer is available to iPhoto and Image capture, but does not appear in the Finder. "

And STEP ONE is:

1. Insert the Compact Flash card in the camera or card reader.

Unfortunately it doesn't work, finder still will not mount the card in my Canon S40.

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Mounting Compact Flash Cards larger then 128M
Authored by: unclecal on Oct 02, '03 12:20:30PM
According to the the Apple page mentioned in the original post, OSX can't mount MS-DOS Formated CF cards (like those used in Canon cameras) larger then 128M. Apple's suggested solution is to partition the card (which won't work with digital cameras) or use a PC?!?! I find it disturbing that Apple resorts to suggesting PC usage rather then telling you the other simpler (and apparently more embarrassing) method for mounting a CF card on a Mac. Namely, booting in OS9.

OS9 has no problem mounting MS-DOS Formatted Compact Flash cards and OSX still can't as of 10.2.8

I know this is a site dedicated to OSX solutions, but unlike Apple, I'd rather suggest an OS9 solution then a PC solution any day.

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Mounting Compact Flash Cards larger then 128M
Authored by: jack_lion on Oct 02, '03 01:16:31PM

No, it says 128 GB (giga). While this might still be an issue for some people mounting really large MSDOS volumes, it's not likely to be a problem for people mounting compact flash cards.



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