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01/04/2010 04:10:55 PM · #1
I was taking some pictures during a recent trip when suddenly the camera wouldn't focus. I looked at the display and it said "ERR CF" or something along those lines. I turned the camera off and back on, and the display would say "busy" then it would say again "ERR CF". I took the card out and inserted it again hoping that would solve it, but nothing, same error. At this point i was freaking out because i wasn't sure if the problem was the card (not a HUGE deal) or the camera (big deal). I inserted another CF card and everything worked properly.
Now I am in front of my computer trying to download the pictures from the corrupted card, but when I put the card in the card reader and connect it to the computer, the lights just blink and the computer doesn't recognize anything. Is there anyway I can retrieve the pictures from the corrupted card? Any software I can use? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I am using windows XP, camera is canon 50D and the card is a SanDisk Extreme IV
Thanks in advance!
01/04/2010 04:40:06 PM · #2
Try using image recovery software. I have used Image Recall in the past with good results. Try reformatting your card after you recover your images, it may still be good. Not sure I would trust it anymore though.
01/04/2010 04:42:10 PM · #3
Personally I always recommend disk digger. It's gotten great results consistently for myself and others.
01/04/2010 06:03:10 PM · #4
Thanks for the replies. I'm going to try both as soon as I get home.
01/04/2010 06:10:29 PM · #5
SanDisk has often given out a free activation key for their RescuePro recovery software with those cards. If you have one of those, I'd try that first. You can also search the forums for links/references to other recovery software -- you are not the first (even in the past month or two) with a similar problem ...
01/04/2010 06:23:36 PM · #6
Originally posted by keibo84:

the card is a SanDisk Extreme IV

There should have been recovery software with it, if not go to Sandisk's site and download it.

IIRC, all the Extreme cards get free recovery software.

Sandisk

This is the link for the card.....you should be able to surf to it from there. I had only used Ultra cards, and had to buy it......it was worth every nickel of the $40 I spent to save my images from Honduras.
01/04/2010 06:35:08 PM · #7
Make sure you don't try to take anymore pictures with that card until you recover the pictures. If you do they may possibly be written over and all will be lost.
01/04/2010 07:43:28 PM · #8
Originally posted by faidoi:

Make sure you don't try to take anymore pictures with that card until you recover the pictures. If you do they may possibly be written over and all will be lost.

Very important tip. Once sectors are re-written your chance of recovering them goes down dramatically, perhaps to nothing. Also, if you use the Sandisk software, it will probably ask if you can format things. That's okay. If you haven't already found some software to use, I can send you a code for the Sandisk software. Just PM me, and I'll send it later tonight after I go home.
01/04/2010 08:06:06 PM · #9
Originally posted by NikonJeb:

......it was worth every nickel of the $40 I spent to save my images from Honduras.


Dang 3rd world countries, tried to rip off your images > Glad you paid the bucks and saved them.

I hope that the OP can get his back.
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