I put a freshly formatted (on a PC, FAT32) 16GB SD card into the Zoom H4N, and after recording 3 GB in 5 files, it insists that the card is full. Simultaneously it shows a large time (hours) remaining on the bottom of the display.

The first thing I did was re-verify the card to make sure it has not gone bad. chkdsk followed by H2test show all is well, and yhe card has nearly 13GB useable space free.

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  • You will need to format the card in the H4N for it to function correctly ;) – user13065 Feb 28 '15 at 19:45
  • That would be fine if the H4N would format, rather than locking up. If something was bad on the card from a bad flush or something then formatting is supposed to cure that, and not being available in the instance where it's needed is Bad. – JDługosz Mar 1 '15 at 5:11
  • Are you certain the card is really 16GB? Wouldn't be the first time someone had faked the capacity onto a lower spec card. Try H2testw to check it is what it says it is. – Tetsujin Mar 1 '15 at 11:14
  • Yes, I ran h2testw on the card afterwards. My files are fine up to the point it quit (I've not listened through, but spot-check, chkdsk, wav media length are fine). No problems with the card. Oh, I previosly determined that the card was in-spec for size and speed when I got it. – JDługosz Mar 1 '15 at 19:50

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