Nice thread. It is nice to learn from others experience..
I agree with @clillja:
1. I have used Recuva to successfully retrieve files from a dying card.
2. Be smart and get the files off the stupid cards asap. They are NOT to be trusted with long-, or even medium-term storage. And the bigger the card, the more files can be lost at once. Toss a card as soon as it gives ANY sign of trouble!
3. Isn't a little silly to spend thousands on photo equipment and then try to save a few bucks on an off-brand card?
4. And perhaps Nikon makes a list of approved cards because they actually test them and KNOW which ones work best in their cameras? Well, maybe not, but at least if you use the approved cards you may get someone to take you seriously when you want to complain about it.
5. The cards die. Get used to it or prepare for that sad fact. See #2 above.
6. I have had slightly better luck leaving the card in the camera and transferring via usb. I have had better luck with CF cards, but not a perfect record by any means.
BTW, It seems that Nikon does not like Kingston memory cards.. there are to much reports about failures with Kingston in Nikon cameras (while other brands of cameras do not have this problem)
Use A memory card Data Recovery to help you recover photos from dead SD card.
@Elloit, when you post a link, add some text aside providing a hint how to reach that site/link due that here in NR they are allergic to commercial links, which are most of the time removed.
Note: I use a card reader to read the memory cards I fill with the camera:
- A card reader may be faster than the camera
- Static electricity may kill the card reader but not an expensive camera.
I saw to many cases when USB devices die due to a spark of electricity jumps between the computer and the device when connecting it, specially in dry air conditions.