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Old Aug 12, 2012, 7:23 PM   #1
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Default Memory card requires formatting but........

if I do I will lose all my photos on it.

The card, during transfer, stopped.

I started again, but instead of the card transferring the data, a window appeared (on my Mac Pro) warning that the card can not be read and needs formatting.

So...

If I format the card (as the card will not mount), will I lose all the photos on it or will the photos still be retrievable using a data recovery software programme?

Perhaps there is another way?

Any help please.
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Old Aug 12, 2012, 8:13 PM   #2
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Yes, if you format the card, you'll lose all your photos.

Try this: If you were using a card reader to copy the files to your Mac, try putting the card back in the camera and connecting the camera to the Mac instead. If you were connecting the camera to the Mac to copy the files, try using a card reader instead.
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Old Aug 12, 2012, 8:16 PM   #3
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Thanks...thought so.

I have already tried the camera to Mac but the camera throws up the warning 'card cannot be read' even before the connection to the Mac.
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G'dayM69

1- pop next door to a Windows machine & try there > not saying Window$ is better, but just an option;
2- Google for a free / try before you buy bit of software to "rescue deleted images" and try that

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Old Aug 13, 2012, 6:43 PM   #5
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I have tried on a PC but still no joy.

I have finally managed to get my hands on some image recovery software that managed to pull off 41 images.

Better than nothing!

Thanks for ALL your help.
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Yes, if you format the card, you'll lose all your photos.

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I was having the same issue here, tried many tools and in the end found this one: recover data form not formatted memory card

Hope this helps.

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If there is no way to access the card without formatting, it isn't the end of the pictures on the card. Read through the thread on recovering photos, and try some of the non-destructive methods recommended there.
I have successfully used PC Inspector, and Puran File Recovery, both free programs, to recover photos and files.

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