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Memory Card Disaster

I was using a generic brandless CF card on my D70 recently, and it crashed after I shot around 100 frames of large hi-res JPEGs. The last file I shot gave a ‘file contains no information’ message on the preview screen, but I was still able to view the other files. I just deleted the last file, and when I shot the next file, I got a ‘card not formatted’ message, and all the other files were gone. I tried looking at it from a card reader and I get the same message.

Anyone experienced the same thing? Is this just a problem with defective brandless cards or do I need to bring my camera to the shop?

Any way I could still recover what is in the card?

Would appreciate your thoughts and experiences on this.

Thanks heaps in advance!

Erik

by Erik Lacson at 2007-07-30 03:45:37 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Manila , Philippines | Bookmark | | Report spam→

You could try and beg borrow or steal a copy of sandisk rescue pro, it comes free with extreme cards so a few people should have a copy or three hanging around. It works well at retrieving images from corrupted cards even after they have been formatted. P

by Paul Blandford | 30 Jul 2007 05:07 | in a bar in Addias, Ethiopia | | Report spam→
Another one that works for me is Pixrecovery, or FileRescue Pro. Just don’t accept that they’re gone, and for god’s sake don’t write anything else on to the card. FileRescue Pro once brought back evrything that was on a drive that I had reformatted.

by BignoseTW | 30 Jul 2007 06:07 | Taipei, Taiwan | | Report spam→
Photorescue is excellent too-and you can simply download and pay for it off the net wherever you are. I used it last week when an old lexar card did the same thing as yours, Erik. Amazing that not only the flood pics shot that day were rescued, but also stuff from ages before even though that card had been re-formatted at least once.

It’s happened to me with every brand of card-Lexar, Sandisk, etc. Not sure why it happens but now and then it does.
Hope you manage to recover everything. Best wishes, JR.

by JR, (John Watts-Robertson). | 30 Jul 2007 06:07 | planet earth, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Thanks again for the advice fellows! I tried Photorescue and based on the analysis the card contains no data except for two blank files. Also tried Data Doctor and it does not even recognize the card. This is a brandless card after all so it could also be physical. You think?

Will keep trying with the other software suggested.

by Erik Lacson | 30 Jul 2007 09:07 | Manila, Philippines | | Report spam→
Yeah well the drive I mentioned was also no longer recognized by Windows. So I FORMATTED it, and then used FileRescue Pro to bring back the data. Nerve-wracking but it worked.

by BignoseTW | 30 Jul 2007 09:07 | Taipei, Taiwan | | Report spam→
FileRescue Pro found my files. Now I just need to get the license and recover them.

Thanks again!

by Erik Lacson | 30 Jul 2007 10:07 | Manila, Philippines | | Report spam→
Good to hear that you recovered your files. Some good tips at Sportsshooter about keeping your CF cards properly conditioned (in case you don’t follow this regime already.):

Care and Feeding of Compact Flash Cards

W

by Wayne E. Yang | 30 Jul 2007 10:07 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks Wayne! That page was very helpfull. Sorry for the ignorance, but what does ‘condition the batteries’ mean exactly?

Just an update on this… I was able to take the files off the card with FileRescue, but I could not open it. It gives an ‘incomplete or truncated file’ error in Photoshop CS2.

Erik

by Erik Lacson | 31 Jul 2007 00:07 | Manila, Philippines | | Report spam→
Hmm, then I’m afraid those files probably are corrupted beyond help … what a shame

by BignoseTW | 31 Jul 2007 02:07 | Taipei, Taiwan | | Report spam→
Once I have used Sandisk rescue pro when it came with an Extreme CF that I bought. I havent tried it while facing a real problem but with some old CF cards and it recovered pics few years back!

by [former member] | 31 Jul 2007 05:07 (ed. Jul 31 2007) | Nicosia, Cyprus | | Report spam→
OK Dumb question but I have a copy of Rescue Pro 3 but its on a mini disk. How the hell do I load it into my Macbook Pro?

by lisa hogben | 31 Jul 2007 05:07 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
um you don’t!!!!!! find someone with a “normal” cd drive and copy the file on to a memory stick, worked for me.

by Paul Blandford | 31 Jul 2007 06:07 | in a bar in Addias, Ethiopia | | Report spam→
Erik,

I had a very similar problem with a D70 a while back. I was getting this same error and losing files more and more frequently no matter which kind, brand, size of compact flash card I was using. It seemed to only happen to me when I was shooting in RAW (+ low res jpegs). Finally couldn’t chance it anymore and got rid of the camera. You might want to do a search on D70+ the error you are getting, when I looked several months ago there were a lot of other folks writing on message boards with similar errors.

Good luck!

by candace feit | 31 Jul 2007 09:07 | dakar, Senegal | | Report spam→
CF VOX POPS……..While we are on this subject what if I may ask in your opinions are the ‘soundest’ CF cards out there fastest and most stable….

by Anton Lazarus Hammerl | 31 Jul 2007 11:07 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Anton, I’m using four brands of CF (Lexar 40x, Kingston 50x, Transcend 80x, PQi 40x). I didn’t notice that much of a difference with a D70, now with the D200 I clean the buffer faster with the Transcend and Kingston.
So far, the only one that gave me trouble is the Lexar, which they offered me to send it to USA to get a replacement if it was deffective but it wasn’t cost-effective for me. I mean, the card failed, but Lexar’s support was great.
Most people praise Sandisk, but down here in Argentina there are lots of fake ones, so I just don’t run the risk…

by Patricio Murphy | 31 Jul 2007 12:07 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
Recuperación de archivos, defectuosos o corruptos.
Apreciados colegas, hace unos días , me sucedió lo mismo con la D 70, al trabajar con crudo + bajo jpg.
Lo solucioné con el programa photorescue. Deseo que haya suerte.
http://www.datarescue.com/photorescue/

Recovery of archives, defective or corrupt. Appreciated colleagues, days ago, it happened to me the same to D 70, when crude working with + under jpg. I solved with the program photorescue to it. Desire that is luck. A greeting. Jordi. http://www.datarescue.com/photorescue/

Saludos Jordi Navarro Fisas

by Jordi Navarro Fisas | 31 Jul 2007 18:07 | Barcelona, Spain | | Report spam→
id say google, and you’d get a download copy. i had the same problem, i think like all these technology things, if your using multiple cards this comes along. i started to completely reformat my cards more regular, which seeems to do the trick.

rich

by Richard Greaves | 31 Jul 2007 19:07 | birmingham, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
As I have mentioned in a previous posting, I was able to restore the files with FileRescue, but they were still corrupted. Spent most of my day yesterday trying out various JPEG restoration softwares, but no chance. I just decided to give up and move on. I kept the card in question in case I find some tricks in the future.

Lessons learned: be carefull out there, format, backup, and bring extra cards.

Since my original post was specific to a D70, I am just wondering if this happens to other makes/models?

by Erik Lacson | 01 Aug 2007 01:08 | Manila, Philippines | | Report spam→
This is all very interesting. I have had a D70s since it first came out and it has performed superbly…until last week. I tried to download some shots out of it (from a Sandisk II), and I too got snagged near the end of the download. I could not get them all out of the card into Bridge.

I ultimately used PhotoRescue (which I had bought thru NPPA a couple of years ago just in case) and got all the shots out (interestingly enough, it also brought out an entire shoot I had done about nine months ago, which I thought I had copied to a file and them moved from the card to the recycling bin).

I put the card back into the camera and formatted it, and it seems to be working. But I am a little suspicious and am now a little suspicious of the camera and will now rely more on the D200 (I had been using the D70s as a street shooting camera, separated form the 24mm lens and placed in a wrap in my Timbuk2 bag. I will post here any further problems with the card/camera.

by [former member] | 01 Aug 2007 01:08 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
I have observed, that D 70, has a strange behavior. I do not know of other models. Direction electronic, of post previous, where I indicate that it is possible to be unloaded, it cases out rescue, it is of the technical service, a photographic laboratory of Barcelona, and allows a period of test, and to be able to prove, its effectiveness. In case it works, it is possible to be unloaded. D 70, in addition occasionally, changes of jpg to Raw, single, without acceding to the menu, is a problem of the machine, that does not work too much well. It is not a good machine. It can be by the consumption of the battery, or also by a problem of software. I ignore the reasons.

by Jordi Navarro Fisas | 01 Aug 2007 04:08 | Barcelona, Spain | | Report spam→

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Participants

Erik Lacson, Photographer Erik Lacson
Photographer
Manila , Philippines
Paul Blandford, photojournalist Paul Blandford
photojournalist
By The Pool, At The Bar In Cyprus , Germany ( FRA )
BignoseTW, Videographer/Photographer BignoseTW
Videographer/Photographer
(Tobie Openshaw)
Taipei , Taiwan
JR, (John Watts-Robertson)., Photographer JR, (John Watts-Robertson).
Photographer
Rothwell , United Kingdom
Wayne E. Yang, Writer/Photographer Wayne E. Yang
Writer/Photographer
Kaoshiung , Taiwan
lisa hogben, Visualjournalist! lisa hogben
Visualjournalist!
Sydney , Australia
candace feit, Photo Journalist candace feit
Photo Journalist
Sri Lanka , Sri Lanka
Anton Lazarus Hammerl, Photojournalist Anton Lazarus Hammerl
Photojournalist
(SHOOTINGLONDON)
London , United Kingdom
Patricio Murphy, Musician, photographer Patricio Murphy
Musician, photographer
Buenos Aires , Argentina
Jordi Navarro Fisas, Producer TV & Journalist Jordi Navarro Fisas
Producer TV & Journalist
Madrid , Spain
Richard Greaves, Photography & Social / Ed Richard Greaves
Photography & Social / Ed
(keep on truckin!!!)
Birmingham , United Kingdom


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