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Old Oct 6, 2004, 3:53 AM   #1
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Hi,

I have a 128MB Sandisk SD Card which has a lot of my photos on it from a 10 day vacation. The card is not being recognised in the Camera (Canon Ixus IIs) or the Card reader built into mynotebook (HP).

At first i thought i have lost my photos and would need to recover them and tested that on my other SD card after formatting it. That worked just fine with the other card.

But the problem i had was that this 128 MB card is just not formatting either in the camera or the Notebook. I tried in XP and DOS as well. It gives me the warning that it 'cannot open volume for access'

I need to get hold of the snaps desperately. I don't know what todo.Please advise.

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Amit


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Old Oct 6, 2004, 9:32 AM   #2
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That's not a good sign (can't access card for formatting). A failure to format is usually a sign of a defective card (not just a corrupted FAT).

Does your PC recognize that there is a card at all, or is it just refusing to format it?

If it can be read at all, sometimes the recovery utilities can read the sectors without regards to what's in the FAT.

Also, make sure you don't have the switch on the side of the card in the locked position by accident (move it from lock to unlock). This would not impact your ability to read the card (but it would keep you from formatting it).

If the card is recognizable by the PC, try Digital Image Recovery. You'll see the dowload link inthe first message in this German Forum toDigital Image Recovery:

http://www.foto-erhardt.de/foto-forum/viewtopic.php?t=2690

It's a .zip file, so you'll need Winzip to extract the installation file. If you don't have it already, you can download a working eval version of Winzip from here:

http://www.winzip.com/ddchomea.htm

The program will let you select English as a language. As long as your camera appears as a removal drive; simply select the drive letter for your camera as the source drive, then select a folder on your PC as the destination (you'll see a browse button to select a folder).

Leave all other settings as default and click the Start Button. It will then search the memory card and save all of the recovered files to the folder you selected on your PC's hard drive. If you leave the prefix for the files as the default, your images will be saved as image1.jpg, image2.jpg, etc.

It won't hurt anything as long as your destination folder is on your PC, since it's only reading from the card (not writing to it)

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Old Oct 8, 2004, 2:30 AM   #3
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Hi Jim,



Thanks for the reply. The PC and the Camera just do not recognise the card at all.

I did have the lock unlocked when i tried to format it. So that does not seem to be the issue. Would there be any luck in recovering the snaps even if the card is wasted. In terms of any data recovery specialists which may destroy the card but can still recover the data from within as normally happens with Hard Disks when they fail.

I am depserate coz these are 10 days' worth of vacation snaps at Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur
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I don't know if you'd have any luck or not. These guys have a software package you may want to try. I saw one user that had a Sony Memory Stick that some other packages didn't work on that this one did. They also have data recovery services:

Software:

http://www.flashfixers.com/software/

Data Recovery Service:

http://www.flashfixers.com/services/default.asp


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