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Old Sep 25, 2009, 9:50 AM   #21
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Thanks Jim. I'll keep trying. This is so frustrating, not only because it seems like I won't be able to get to the pictures, but because I thought I did a good job of taking card of the card while I was traveling, and I'm not sure how I could alter my behavior in the future to make sure this doesn't happen again.

I really appreciate your help.
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Old Sep 25, 2009, 9:58 AM   #22
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Cards fail from time to time. I'd keep trying to get a good copy of it. I've seen them when they were in pretty bad shape and managed to get data from them. See my posts on this page of a thread where i managed to get a "good enough" copy of a card that didn't want to be recognized at all much of the time:

Card not initialised

I've seen hopeless cards, too (nothing would allow you to copy them). But, since it is seeing the card, and able to get a little ways into it before quiting, I'd keep trying and see what you get.

Another technique I've had some luck with is writing a new MBR (Master Boot Record) to a failing card. I suspect that wear leveling algorithms may be coming into play and allowing you to get more from one that way if an error is in the partition table section.

If you can't get anything more from it and want to risk that, we can try using testdisk to write a new MBR (first 512 bytes on the card) and see if that helps anything. Let me know if you make any progress in getting a copy before we go that route though.
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