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Old Apr 12, 2005, 4:45 PM   #1
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On a photo session with my Minolta Dimage A! using a pq1 256MB compact flash card, everything's going fine - I can take pictures and review them - then all of a sudden on my next picture, camera says "unable to use memory card". When I inserted the card into the computer, message from the drive asks if I want to format the card. So what in the world happened, and is there any way to access the pictures I took?
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Old Apr 13, 2005, 11:04 AM   #2
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You know the saying "crap happens" -- well it does. Flash memory cards can go bad like any other hi-tech device, although it doesn't happen very often. You can try using one of the recovery utilities on it if you have a card reader. You'll find a list of them here:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/digsoftware_utils.html

I use the Photo Rescue program myself with excellent results but if the card is damaged then it is likely that you won't be able to recover anything from it.
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Old Apr 18, 2005, 9:23 AM   #3
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Thanks, Steve! On your advice, I downloaded a recovery program that worked great. Got all my pics back. BUT was unable to format the card, either by camera or with memory slot on computer (the latter progressed to a certain point and then said formatting could not be completed). So I'm guessing something happened to the card???? It was the first time I'd used it. Thanks again.
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Old May 6, 2005, 8:07 PM   #4
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Hi! I just had the same problem and I'm desperate because I have some important pics there. Please, can you tell me what program you downloaded? I need itright away!!!! Thanks!

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Old May 7, 2005, 6:27 AM   #5
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I used one of the utilities that Steve suggested in his reply to me (see above). The one I used can be found at http://www.artplus.hr/. Scroll down the homepage to Free Digital Photo Recovery. I worked for me.
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Old May 9, 2005, 12:28 PM   #6
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Thanks! I'll try that. If notI was thinking about buying some Image Rescue program I found on the internet. Thanks again!
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