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Old Mar 26, 2011, 9:55 PM   #1
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Default Please help! memory card needs to be reformatted?

At risk of sounding completely incompetent, I REALLY need your help!!

I'm trying to upload pictures that I took this past week during a family vacation and pictures of my wedding dress I just purchased today. I put my memory card into my computer and began looking through my pictures. The computer began to run very slowly and eventually told me that the viewer was not responding. I closed out of the viewer and took out the memory card to try again. I made the MAJOR mistake of not saving the images before beginning to view them. When I put the card back it, it said the card needed to be reformatted. I "canceled" and put the card back into my camera which also told me I needed to reformat the card. I did not reformat because I am concerned it will delete my photos.

I have read the sticky on recovering photos and downloaded PhotoRec. I wanted to make sure that this is the correct action for me to take before I do it. I began to try to run it but it asked about selecting a partition type... I have no idea what this means, can any one give me a clue about this?

If it helps, I have a Panasonic Lumix dmc-zs1. The memory card I'm using is an adata4gb.

Any help you can provide would be wonderful. I feel so desperate to get these picture back and it's so frustrating because I was literally just looking through them 10 minutes ago.

Thanks in advance.

-G

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Old Mar 27, 2011, 6:28 PM   #2
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G'day tgh

I feel for you - and get similar messages from time to time ... it's 99% a windows problem > not a card issue

For me, I reinsert the card again and it then reads perfectly

Should it be a card issue, try someone else's card reader / laptop for a different reading cycle, that may help. Or take it to your local photo shop and ask them to try their recovery software on it

It is always possible that you might have a faulty card, or a contact is damaged etc etc, but keep hoping :-)
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Old Mar 27, 2011, 8:43 PM   #3
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Thanks Phil- I tried reinserting it into my computer, no luck. I tried it on two other computers, again no luck. I took it to Cord Camera today, the employee put it into their card reader and was also prompted to reformat but was willing to charge me $100 to send it off... looks like its a card issue. I've had the card for a little over a year and never had a problem.

I'm going to try PhotoRec and keep my fingers crossed!
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G'day tgh

keep your fingers crossed - let us know how it ends up

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I highly recommend downloading any pictures taken at the end of the days shooting activities.
Minimizes any potential loss of valuable photo's.

My brother downloads once or twice a month and has had a few issues.

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First, I hope you have slid the write lock switch to LOCK. a 4Gb card should be fat32.
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I download at the end of each shooting event (or at the end of that day) and as soon after that as I can I move the finished images (once culled and edited) to external drive and DVD.

I had an SDHC where the lock switch didn't work right and when I put it in the camera sometimes it would get moved and lock the card. Hope that's your problem.

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First, I hope you have slid the write lock switch to LOCK. a 4Gb card should be fat32.

Hmmm, I'm using mine in the "unlocked" position, to allow writing/reading on it. (Switch slid to top of card)

Is this wrong?
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