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Old Sep 15, 2008, 7:02 PM   #1
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I have a Canon SD870 camera with a transcend 2GB secure 133X memory card. Recently on a trip we took loads of pictures in this cam. We were able to see the pictures in the camera when they were taken. When i tried to copy those photos into my pc using a card reader,it said 'Memory card error'. From then on when i tried to put it back to camera, it also says 'Memory card error'. Please help me with the process of getting my pictures restored.



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Old Sep 16, 2008, 8:51 AM   #2
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Are you sure your card reader will work with a 2GB Secure Digital Card? Many won't work with SD cards over 1GB:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_...d_larger_cards

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.

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

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:

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec_Step_By_Step

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.

http://www.pcinspector.de/Sites/smar...htm?Language=1

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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Old Sep 16, 2008, 10:48 PM   #3
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Hi,

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Are you sure your card reader is compatible with a 2GB SD Card (many are not)?

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I have copied the photos to my pc using the same card reader many times in the past. So i am sure that the card reader is compatible.....my pc is not able to recognize the memory card now...camera also does not recognize the memory card..please help me to recover my pictures....



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Download SimplyMEPIS 7.0 from one of the download mirrors:

http://www.mepis.org/mirrors

Burn the .iso to CD and boot into it.

Open a terminal (KConsole would be fine, and you'll see it in the menus), and type this (entering root as the password when prompted if booting from a live CD).

su
fdisk -l

Copy and paste the results to this thread. If none of the drives and partitions showing up include the SD card, unplug it, plug it back in, and try again. letting me know what you get.

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