Partly Corrupt compact flash card, help required

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by S S, Jun 8, 2006.

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    S S Guest

    Hi all, I have just returned from hols and downloaded all my pictures on to
    the PC only to discover some pics plus a couple of video clips are missing,
    The missing ones I did at one stage play back and were on the canon camera
    (powershot A70), the only other thing I did was change the full `compact
    flash` card for another. It does display corrupt data now when i try to view
    in the cameras display, which presumably refers to the corrupt missing
    I dont know what caused this but I know not deleted.

    Anything I can try which might restore them?
    S S, Jun 8, 2006
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    iws Guest

    Whatever you do, don't write or save anything more to the card until you
    have a chance to restore. I had a problem awhile back with a CF card and
    tried several programs to recover the files. The one that worked best for me
    was Zero Assumption Digital Image Recovery. It's free to use to recover
    image files I tried
    others including PC Inspector, Drive Rescue, and eImage Recovery but none of
    them recovered as many pics. Bear in mind that the success in recovery
    depends on the situation and there are unfortunately, no guarantees. BTW, I
    used a card reader when running the software. Good Luck.
    iws, Jun 8, 2006
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    S S Guest

    Thanks for the reply, a couple of questions though.
    1. If it works will it recover video clips?
    2. Not sure I understand the `card reader` part, I download from my camera
    to a folder on my PC (via canon programme), will it work on that basis or do
    I need to get a `card reader`?

    S S, Jun 8, 2006
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    iws Guest

    The free version of ZA Image Recovery supposedly will recover mov files.
    Presumably, their more comprehensive program would recover other types of
    files and they have a trial version. You could also try Drive Rescue (free)
    or one of the others I mentioned.
    I think it should work without a card reader. I just mentioned that because
    that was how I had it set up. You can try it and see. I suspect it has to
    appear to the program that your camera is a removable drive. If you have to
    get a reader, they're quite cheap on eBay or since you're in the UK, at a
    place like
    iws, Jun 9, 2006
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    george Guest

    Since you mention a Canon camera, I have to ask: is the memory card an
    older Lexar card? Lexar had a compatibility problem with Canon (or vice
    versa depending on your point of view) a year or two back.
    george, Jun 9, 2006
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    S S Guest

    I got the card from `discount shop` its a Viking interworks 512 MB which up
    until now has worked ok.>
    S S, Jun 9, 2006
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    Dave Cohen Guest

    You'll need a card reader. Canon cameras are not recognized as drives in
    Windows. You certainly can't do anything if you copy to hd. The recovery
    software read sectors from card and pieces together what it finds. They
    generally do quite well.
    Dave Cohen
    Dave Cohen, Jun 10, 2006
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    S S Guest

    Thanks Dave, I did try and it was mostly gobildy gook that I retrieved and
    it was 33GB from a 512 MB card, it took 6 hours.
    I will borrow a card reader and try again.

    S S, Jun 10, 2006
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    S S Guest

    OK I managed to retrieve some more of my pics using

    A couple of more questions.....
    1. There are still a few that are missing do I try a re run or will that be
    final now in terms of recovery.
    2. I have not managed to retrieve any of the video clips is there a way to
    do this?
    S S, Jun 10, 2006
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    iws Guest

    Probably that's it with that particular program.
    Try PC Inspector or
    try the shareware version of ZA Recovery (if you haven't already.) When I
    had a problem, I was able to recover all or part of the images that had been
    lost. The ones where I recovered part of the image were not that valuable to
    me fortunately. You could also do a search for downloads at or
    twocows using the search terms "file recovery." I tried several programs and
    did find that some recovered more than others. But the ZA program got the
    iws, Jun 10, 2006
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