Help recovering from SanDisk error

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Graham Russell, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. This is probably a stupid question........

    After shooting over 4000 pics at a marathon yesterday my business partner
    had an error with one of his 1GB SanDisk compact flash cards. When trying to
    load images onto a laptop the card wasn't recognised.

    When I got home I tried the card with 2 different card readers on 2
    different PCs using 3 different recovery tools. 2 didn't recognise the card
    and Photorecovery reported the card as over 2000GB in size. If have
    successfully recovered images from cards before, but they were at least seen
    as 1GB cards not 2TB. Trying the card in a D100 and 10D causes both cameras
    to show card errors and no other operations work.

    I suspect the card has suffered a fatal hardware error so we've lost over
    1000 race photos. Can anyone suggest something else to try? I don't need any
    lectures on using lots of smaller cards!!! This experience is perfect
    support to that argument!!!

    Many thanks for any suggestions.

    Graham Russell, Jun 21, 2004
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  2. Did you try with RescuePRO, the SanDisk rescue utility that should have been
    included with the card?

    - Petter
    Petter Nilsen, Jun 22, 2004
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  3. I do not want to be a smart ass, but this is very good example why the big
    cards are dangerous. If it goes then you loose a lot of pictures. Always use
    smaller cards, because the consequence of their failure is less devastating.

    Jan Nademlejnsky, Jun 22, 2004
  4. Graham Russell

    Kimberlee Guest

    Bummer...and I hope someone here can help you out.
    There's experienced folks who know many good tips and URLs for software
    I, too, have been tinking with the idea of just using a few 256 mb cards
    rather than the larger sizes.
    Makes more sense to me that if something crashes and goes boom; I'd rather
    have it have a few <hundred> pics than thousands of 'em.
    Again, I'm sorry--not a big believer in Murphy's Law, but sometimes I do
    Kimberlee, Jun 22, 2004
  5. Graham Russell

    Martin Brown Guest

    It is still possible that the data can be read off the media even if the
    file system is totally wrecked. If the data are really valuable your
    best bet is with a hardware specialist recovery firm on a no win no fee
    basis. And if they are successful it will be expensive.
    Lots of small cards can be a menace too. Some of the data loss I have
    seen was probably caused by people changing media in a hurry with the
    camera still writing data.

    Martin Brown, Jun 22, 2004
  6. Graham Russell

    Reg Hamilton Guest

    Do all the data recovery programs give you the same problems? Try and see if you get different results reading the
    Reg Hamilton, Jun 25, 2004
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