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10/18/2022 09:55:03 AM · #1
Ok -- for only the 2nd time in 18 years, I have a corrupted card. When I try to view it on the computer or on the camera, it tells me I need to format it to use it.

I've been searching online -- and things say they're free, but it's only free to download their software, not to actually use it. One of the softwares has actually found the files, but wants $60 to recover them. And that's not to buy the program -- that's to use it for a month. I wouldn't even mind buying a program, even though I never need it, but I don't need a monthly or yearly subscription, and the program itself is $150. :(

These are photos from work that I really need. Any help is greatly appreciated.
10/18/2022 10:13:30 AM · #2
What brand is the card?
10/18/2022 10:21:12 AM · #3
Have you looked at this one?

It is not free but is reasonably priced and claims unlimited recovery within the subscription period. I've used their software in the past, but not recently. While free is good, good is not usually free.
10/18/2022 11:06:18 AM · #4
Originally posted by kirbic:

What brand is the card?


it's a cfexpress type A (sony)
10/18/2022 11:08:03 AM · #5
Originally posted by kirbic:

Have you looked at this one?

It is not free but is reasonably priced and claims unlimited recovery within the subscription period. I've used their software in the past, but not recently. While free is good, good is not usually free.


That's the one that has actually found the files, but it's $70 for a year. Considering this is only the 2nd corrupted card I've had since going digital, it means $70 to just get these files back. :(
10/18/2022 11:31:03 AM · #6
Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by kirbic:

Have you looked at this one?

It is not free but is reasonably priced and claims unlimited recovery within the subscription period. I've used their software in the past, but not recently. While free is good, good is not usually free.


That's the one that has actually found the files, but it's $70 for a year. Considering this is only the 2nd corrupted card I've had since going digital, it means $70 to just get these files back. :(


Yep, that is what it means. Actually sounds like a relatively reasonable cost. The alternative is re-creating the work, if that is even possible.
10/18/2022 12:04:03 PM · #7
Originally posted by kirbic:

Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by kirbic:

Have you looked at this one?

It is not free but is reasonably priced and claims unlimited recovery within the subscription period. I've used their software in the past, but not recently. While free is good, good is not usually free.


That's the one that has actually found the files, but it's $70 for a year. Considering this is only the 2nd corrupted card I've had since going digital, it means $70 to just get these files back. :(


Yep, that is what it means. Actually sounds like a relatively reasonable cost. The alternative is re-creating the work, if that is even possible.


Well -- other "free" ones weren't able to recover anything, so I went with the one that worked. luckily, the did have a coupon code, so I was able to get it down to $41 for the one month subscription. It has recovered half of the photos I need. And it looks like the other half will be ok.

Cross your fingers that the card works after I format it because it's my $400 card. But I'm pretty confident it was just the software that got messed up

thanks!
10/18/2022 12:31:19 PM · #8
I would be very concerned with the reliability of that card, and be careful with it going forward.
10/18/2022 01:53:45 PM · #9
Originally posted by kirbic:

I would be very concerned with the reliability of that card, and be careful with it going forward.


Yeah -- I'm a bit worried, too, but I can't really replace it -- too expensive.

It's actually the Sony one, too, not the off-brand that recently came out.
10/18/2022 01:58:45 PM · #10
How old is the card? The only time I ever had a corrupted card, the shop replaced it.
10/18/2022 03:55:29 PM · #11
Originally posted by GinaRothfels:

How old is the card? The only time I ever had a corrupted card, the shop replaced it.


Less than a year, but I bought it at Amazon
10/18/2022 05:09:18 PM · #12
Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by GinaRothfels:

How old is the card? The only time I ever had a corrupted card, the shop replaced it.


Less than a year, but I bought it at Amazon


I would consider contacting Sony and asking if they would consider a warranty replacement. If they do so, you have a new card in which you would have more confidence. If I were in your shoes, that is probably what I would do. At very least, once I had all the recoverable files off the card, I would conduct testing to determine if there are bad areas on the card.
10/19/2022 06:32:03 PM · #13
Originally posted by kirbic:

Have you looked at this one?

It is not free but is reasonably priced and claims unlimited recovery within the subscription period. I've used their software in the past, but not recently. While free is good, good is not usually free.


I use EaseUS at work all the time - a very good bit of software - recovers files where others can't.
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