Desparate for help to get shots off CF card

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Ken, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. Ken

    Ken Guest

    Bought a new card used it today and all shots (100'ish ) are viewable on the
    camera 'review' mode on its LCD screen. However when I put in USB card
    reader it says it needs formatting. I did format the card before I used it
    for the first time so not sure what's going on as shots on card.

    I really need help urgently as I can't retake these shots and it could cost
    me a lot of bad will in my business.

    Ken, Aug 10, 2005
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    Celcius Guest

    Exactly the same thing happenend to me.
    In my case, unbelievable as it may seem, it was the card reader that wasn't
    Perhaps you can get hold of someone else's can reader and try your card? I
    went to my freindly computer store. They obligingly lent me another card
    reader. This one worked...
    Celcius, Aug 10, 2005
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    Charlie Choc Guest

    Did your camera come with a USB cable so you can download direct without using a
    card reader?
    Charlie Choc, Aug 10, 2005
  4. Ken

    Ken Guest

    Thanks Charlie & Marcel
    The card reader is fine as it works with other cards.
    Tried card reader in my spare PC but no good.
    However thanks to your making me think more widely I plugged the camera via
    USB to my PC and it treated it like another drive and I was able to drag
    shots over.

    Phew, Phew & Phew - I was a very worried and stressed man but blood pressure
    on way down - ish.

    But why do these darned things happen!!!!!

    Thanks again

    Ken, Aug 10, 2005
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    Celcius Guest

    I would still be worried... The USB port seems to work well. If the card
    reader is OK, then what about the card?
    Celcius, Aug 10, 2005
  6. Ken

    Ken Guest

    It's a brand new card so I will experiment but any doubts and it goes in the
    First time in 7 years of digital I have had a real problem.
    Only ever lost one shot which is a really good record.
    Back in film days I had the odd film lost at the labs!

    Thanks again

    Ken, Aug 10, 2005
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    Charlie Choc Guest

    I agree. I'd reformat the card again in the camera and take some test shots. If
    the card still gives problems I'd replace it.
    Charlie Choc, Aug 10, 2005
  8. What size of card is it, and where did you format it?

    David J Taylor, Aug 10, 2005
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    Steve Wolfe Guest

    Bought a new card used it today and all shots (100'ish ) are viewable on
    If you can find your way around the command line, I'd make a backup of it
    before I started fiddling. The easiest way would be to boot to a Knoppix
    CD, then create a backup image like so:

    dd if=/dev/sda1of=/some/where/file.img

    That way, if any of the recovery utilities you try don't do things quite
    right, you still have that backup.

    Steve Wolfe, Aug 10, 2005
  10. Ken

    Ken Guest

    "David J Taylor"
    256 mb and formatted before first use in my camera Oly 5060. Is this OK or
    should I have done something different?

    Ken, Aug 10, 2005
  11. No, that's just what I'd recommend. I had been wondering if it was 4GB
    card as that might have issues with some cameras and FAT32 formatting.

    Good luck,
    David J Taylor, Aug 10, 2005
  12. Ken

    Ken Guest

    "David J Taylor"
    Think I will sling the card and get another!!

    Ken, Aug 10, 2005
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    Tom Guest

    Just a thought that I'm sure you've already checked out. I had that problem
    once and finally realized that I had set the camera to record on it's
    internal memory rather than the card. So of course, there was nothing on
    the card when I inserted it in my card reader.

    Tom, Aug 10, 2005
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    Jeff Guest

    You said this was a new card, rather than throw it away why don't you return
    it under warrantee?

    In most cases the warrantee is at least a year.

    Good luck..

    Jeff, Aug 10, 2005
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    Ken Guest

    You are right. Just the first reaction to throw it on the floor and stamp on
    it - with a big hammer.

    Ken, Aug 11, 2005
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    Ken Guest

    Yes but what difference does this make?

    Ken, Aug 11, 2005
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    CeeBee Guest

    You won't believe it, they did just that and a whole lot of other nasty
    things, and found out that it was nearly impossible to damage a card so bad
    that it wan't possible to retrieve the contents anymore.

    If you like some experimenting you could try a freeware app like smart
    which is freeware by the way, and see if your PC is able to read something
    on the card at all.
    CeeBee, Aug 11, 2005
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    Ken Guest

    Thanks for the tip and I will take a look.

    Ken, Aug 11, 2005
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