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Old Jun 3, 2009, 9:59 AM   #1
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I want to purchase a 1GB memory card. which is the best company for long term uses. because i was using a memory that was claps. my all data is wash out. please help me. how can I recover data from that memory card. that is very important data for me. There are many companies to selling the memory card. but I want to choose only that producing good quality products
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Old Jun 3, 2009, 3:44 PM   #2
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To try and recover your images, I'd suggest you download and install this software for the operating system you're using (Windows, Mac, Linux). It's free, open source software. 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, 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).

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


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.

The card may not be bad. It could just be a corrupted FAT. That often happens when a PC is used to delete images from a card and someone doesn't use their operating system's "Safely Remove" or "Eject" features before unplugging their card or camera (because cached writes that haven't been written to the card yet may still be in the operating system's memory at the time it's removed unless a user takes precautions). That's one reason I always reformat my cards using a camera's menu choice for format prior to every reuse and don't use a PC to delete images.

Cards from Sandisk and Lexar are popular. But, any of them can fail. I'd take a look at Transcend cards, too (they tend to have a lot of "bang for the buck" now).

What kind of camera are you using now (I'm trying to find out if it's SDHC compatible or not)? If it supports SDHC, you're probably better off buying something larger than 1GB (as you can get a 4GB Class 6 SDHC card for under $20 now).
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