memory card troubles

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1. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey, have been having a bad run with photos lately, few weeks back, broke a dvd with 4gig of photos on it, now i´ve got a memory card problem.

Went to a shop to get my photos burnt onto a dvd, went back 30 mins later to the guy saying that he couldn´t do it, and when i put the cards back in the cam, one says card error, and wants to format. Was FINE before I took them to him, as I was looking through them just before hand.

Is there any way to save the photos that anyone knows of? I´ve tried it in a pc, and it just says the card isn´t formatted and won´t read it.

HELP please!!!

2. Posted by jl98584 (Respected Member 114 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm not an expert on this, so you might want to consult one (maybe in a PC repair store?).

I suspect memory cards are formatted similar to hard drives or disks. There is a section of the card that holds the formatting information, then the rest of it holds data. If the formatting section gets corrupted, it may be possible to still salvage the data (do NOT reformat the card until you check this out).

For PC hard drives, you used to be able to purchase software to salvage/fix hard drive problems such as this (I think Peter Norton got his start this way). Try using Google for something like "memory card format error", see if you can find some help there.

Good luck! I hope you can salvage your photo's.

3. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

"pc inspector smart recovery" is free and got some of the photos back for me, but its slow and I didn´t have the time to sit and wait for it.

"Data doctor recovery" is another program that I tried which was very fast, and brought up a list of the files straight away, but it costs $69, and you can´t use all the features till u buy it.

Will wait till I get home and hav some time and do it on my own computer, just have to buy another memory card to use till then.

Thanks for the advice! big relief to know they´re not gone :)

4. Posted by Jase007 (Respected Member 8870 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

My Olympus has developed this fault.
Quite often now when i turn the camera on it comes up with this card error and wants to re-format the card.
My solution has been to open the card door and close it again.
Talked to a couple of other that own one and they have the same problem.

5. Posted by Seany (Respected Member 268 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I had the this problem with my memo card (sony 1gb). I took 300 pics, it was then full and asked to format it. I took it to the photo shop, and the guy couldnt format it. He said it was because I bought if from bangkok and its a dodgy card. I managed to rescue 100 of the pics and burn them to disk. I bought a new card from him which was fine. (vietnam)
Whats the morale of the story here?


6. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Both of my cameras are olympus, and I have had the fault with the door before, but this is different, wouldn´t even read on a computer.

Its a fuji card thats having problems, bought another olympus one today. guess its true that you get what u pay for!

7. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Same happened to me when I was in Peru. I had bought a Canon Ixus months before leaving home and had been using it fine. I had also bought a 1Gb FUJI memory card, which I had formatted before using. One day in Lima though it just started reading "Card Error" and wouldn't take any photos at all. I opened the card door, popped it in and out, but to no avail.

I remember going online and sourcing the only Canon dealership which was in downtown Lima (which in hindsight was a bit dumb because it wasn't even a CANON memory card ). I walked god knows how many miles in the scorching sun one day to see if they could help at all. They couldn't really. They just said the card was faulty and I ended up shelling out as much for a 512MB one as I had in for the 1Gb in Ireland.

Pissed off was I, as we all know how expensive 1Gb cards are, so I ended up having to get a family member at home to put some pressure on the camera centre in Dublin where I'd originally bought the camera and memory card. They said I probably hadn't fomatted it, which I had. They also suggested that the heat might be affecting it, which I thought was a pile of crap. Eventually, they agreed to replace the 1Gb card and this one has worked fine ever since.

I was just fed up about the photos I'd lost on the other one.

Moral of the story: I dunno.

Maybe you shoudl try and get it replaced like I did, or your money back?

8. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I got the card in cuenca, so may be a little hard to get a refund, was free when I bought a camera. Look like i´ll be able to salvage the photos, so its not a huge deal, just bad timing!!

Maybe its the air in lima that causes it, i have my suspicions that its corrosive, i know my eyes burn there when I go outside ;)

9. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

by having a recovery software handy you could retrieve your files.