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Old Apr 27, 2007, 9:48 AM   #1
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I recently purchased a 2 GB GXT 133X sd card and took over 400 pics. I was told that I did not have to format the card prior to using because I was using it in my canon SD750. The card is stating that it is "full" and i am not able to view any pictures on the card using the camera or my local photo lab. I am being told that there may be places to take a memory card and they can pull off any info stored on it. Anyone know if this is true?
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Old Apr 27, 2007, 11:42 AM   #2
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I always format my memory cards using a camera's menu choice for format prior to every use (not just the first use, prior to every use). No exceptions.

That insures that I always start out with a fresh File Allocation Table, just the way the camera expects it (since it's performing the format).

Have you got a card reader? If not, I'd get one. They're cheap. Make sure to get one that's SDHC compliant in case you need larger cards in the future.

There are a number of popular utilities designed to recover images.

One utility to try is Digital Image Recovery (it's free).

You can download it using this link, unzip it and run it.


Make note of the drive letter you see when the card is inserted in a reader (you'll find it under "My Computer"). Then, load this program and select your desired language (English is one of them).

Give it the drive letter for the card reader, select a folder on your PC to save the recovered images to, leave everything else at default settings, and press Start. Your photos will be saved to the folder you select.

Here's another popular Utility you can try:


Another choice is a free open source program called photorec. It's a command line utility (no graphical user interface). It's designed to work with severely corrupted file systems by looking for header information specific to many image types in order to try and reconstruct them. It works with over 80 different file types now (including most popular image formats). You'll see a download menu choice on the left side of the page.


If for some reason these won't find them, here's a commercial program designed to do the same thing (not free). You can download a demo version to see if it works before buying it.

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