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Old Oct 18, 2008, 3:27 PM   #1
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So today I was taking pictures at a football game. Was going great and then I got a card error. So I fooled around a bit, turned it on and off and it worked great from there. Did it once more, so I turned it on and off again and again it was fine. Finally the card error came up a little while later but this time I noticed in my settings screen I saw the word "Protect". So obviously the write protection is on. I can get to all my pictures if I hook it up to the computer but cannot do anything with them on the camera itself.

I need help. How do I get this off? And will my pictures be alright? Have SO many on there and don't want to lose them.

Any help would be much appricated.

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Old Oct 18, 2008, 3:37 PM   #2
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If you're getting errors from the camera, the card is probably corrupted.

I'd suggest that you download and install this software for the operating system you're using (Windows, Mac, Linux). It's free. You'll see a download menu choice on the left side of the main page. Then, just click on the desired operating system to download it.


Use a card reader if possible, and select your memory card from the list of media it finds (hard drives, memory cards, etc.), and give it a place to save the photos to on your hard disk when you are asked Where to Save Recovered Files (it defaults to saving recovered files in subfolders under Photorec, where the software is installed on your hard drive, but you can change it to something else if desired). Note that this product does not retain the original file names (but, you may not care about that), since it ignores the file allocation table entirely.

Don't worry about changing any of the other options. Just leave everything else at the defaults (Partition type of Intel, file types to recover, etc.) and it will try to recover any files that haven't been overwritten yet (and don't try to do anything like take more photos or you may overwrite some of them). It supports the following file types now:

Here's a page showing you how to use this software:


There are some other free programs around that do a pretty good job in most cases., too. Here's one example (also mentioned in the last post), and it also has a nice Graphical User Interface. I usually prefer photorec. But, if you're not comfortable with a text based interface, you may want to try this one first instead.


After you recover your images (and make sure you can see the larger images, not just the thumbnails), I'd make sure you format the card again before using it, using the camera's menu choice for format (not your PC).

I do that every time I reuse a card (format it again using the camera's menu choice for format). That way, the card always starts out with a fresh FAT (File Allocation Table), just the way the camera expects it, since the camera is performing the format.
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