Help: CF file corruption (Nikon 995 / Viking 6-in-1)

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by mfa, Aug 31, 2003.

  1. mfa

    mfa Guest

    Just got back from vacation with three 128MB CF cards full of pictures
    from my Nikon 995.

    Previously I would have put each card in the Nikon and transferred the
    files to the PC via the Nikon's USB connection. But recently I
    installed a Viking 6-in-1 Intelliflash reader, so I used that instead.

    The first two cards copied fine. I would insert the card, the Nikon
    software would detect it and pop-up. I would hit the "start" button on
    the Nikon screen and it would copy all the files from the card to the PC.

    When I went to copy the third card, everything looked okay until I hit
    the "start" button. Then it said there was an error and it couldn't
    copy the pictures. I then tried using Windows Explorer. It showed
    files on the CF card, but said the directory was corrupt when I tried to
    copy them. Then I noticed that the file names were from the previous
    disk.

    So now it appears that when I inserted the third CF card into the
    Intelliflash reader, somehow the file names in memory from the second
    card were written to the third card, corrupting the third card.

    Does anyone know of a way that I can try to recover the files from the
    third card?

    If there is no way to recover the files "automatically", is there a way
    to copy all the data on the CF card and try to manually extract picture
    files with an editor from it? Hopefully the pictures would be written
    to consecutive sectors on the CF card, but I guess there is no guarantee
    of that. Recovering some would be better than losing all, however.

    Thanks,
    Frank
     
    mfa, Aug 31, 2003
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  2. mfa

    cymago Guest

    Some links to recover programs at:
    http://cvie.free.fr/digital.html
    cymago
     
    cymago, Aug 31, 2003
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  3. mfa

    mfa Guest

    Thanks Marius and cymago!

    I was able to fully recover 31 of 34 lost photos. Additionally,
    "jpegdump" recovered 16KB (320x240) preview images for 2 of the other
    lost photos. So in the end, I totally lost only 1 photo.

    I can figure out the lost original file name by taking them in sequence
    from the last good file [DSCN1721] to the current file [DSCN1756], so I
    can rename the recovered files okay.

    I'd like to redate the files to their original date & time, which I can
    recover from the jpg file with the Nikon software. Do you know of any
    programs which let you easily change the date on a file?

    Thanks again,
    Frank
     
    mfa, Aug 31, 2003
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