Since I posted the first topic I have about 4000 pics and no problem with my sandisk :) Like most things...you get what you pay for I guess.
Memory card dead?(38 posts) (21 voices)
I recovered a large majority of the photos on that old Kingston card. I didn't have any photo recovery software at the time and I deleted the folder that contained the photos I could see.
Then I quickly hit cancel delete and most of the rest of the photos came back up. I wouldn't recommend that, but I was really not expecting that. I guess the card got the folder sequence messed up because the camera would see one set of photos but I would only see a separate set of photos (unfortunately smaller) when I popped it in a card reader.
No big deal, but Kingston lost a customer.
And when it happened, the weirdest error came up on my camera. I forgot what the error was, but it only came up once since I've had it since 2003, and I still shoot with the camera. I was only able to get that error with a Kingston card.
BTW, the problems here could happen to any flash memory. Now that I'm looking for a job (Embedded Software Engineer), I was in contact with two companies that make memory chips
(Sandisk and DensBits), both claim that they may have failures below 50ppm (parts per millon)... therefore:
- Errors could happen even with the best cards in market.
- Static electricity is the number 1 enemy of memory chips.
This is a great thread I agree rbid. On a sidenote never buy cheaper cards like Samsung, I had one act strangely then die altogether on a trip. You always get what you pay for so be safe and get Sandisk, or Transcend to name a few classics.
Usually I say: I am too poor to buy cheap
I have used BadCopy (free trial download) to get stuff off a cd that the pc said it could not even read. After that I bought a copy just to have around. Saved me several times like when I formatted my wife's memory card and wrote over it with more pictures and still got 85% of her pictures off it. File allocation tables can be gone and it can still get stuff.
I always use Sandisk cards in My Nikon D80 and have never had a problem. I have had a problem with a Lexar 2GB platinum II card, however. I was using a bridge DSLR and recorded a short video. I can no longer access the pictures before the video. I now back up my pictures on my digital cameras to my computer and to a Western Digital external HD. I've heard that the recovery programs that cost money work better than the free ones. Don't know if this is true or not. One of these days I'll try one from Sandisk or Lexar.
@DaveO Good luck in recovering data.
Depends on the way the data is stored on the card and how the card was dealt after that the problem occurred. sometimes it is almost trivial to recover the data, while other cases can be very difficult, here is the place that commercial tools do better, that use the geometry of the memory card in order to recover the data. Usually if the card is from Sandisk, use the tools Sandisk provide. (the same applies to other firms as well)
Yes sandisk is great never had any problems with them over the years and I even bought a lot of their stock when it was cheap 10 years ago thanks to my brother's advice. Great company :)
i had the same problem with a lexar card then i when and bought a lexar platinum2 and it still doesn't work i tried 3 cards
I have taken ~650 shots on the D5000. I was out tonight taking some long exposure shots of the stars and a couple shots of the moon. All the sudden I get a cannot format memory card. Card may be defective please enter another card. The card was working perfectly fine seconds earlier and let me view the shot I had just taken. It won't read on our laptop in an SD card reader slot.
Card is a Kingston SDHC 8 GB class 4 card.
Not that it is a ton of money to get another one, but I had just taken some pictures this afternoon on a walk with my wife and kind of want those pictures and I expected the card to last longer then a month.
I think it could be small technical glitch or something like that, take out the memory card and re-insert it again, may be that works. If that doesn't work, may be that your SDHC card has gone corrupted, I had a similar problem and lost my photos, to make memory card recovery mac I formatted the card and used a backup of those photos to again get back to it.
Hi, I think this may help.
Last week i was experiencing the same problems, I looked around for many ways to get my photos back but almost all the solutions were just software data recovery if you accidentally wiped or reformatted your card etc... which was all no use to us.
After hours of searching the net for solutions I found a company called Recoverfab based in Germany. There website is here: http://recoverfab.com
Recoverfab has very good prices for their services. So eventually I posted it to Recoverfab and now it was fixed and even had a photo preview of all the recovered photos!
I actually couldn't believe it that I thought something like this would be lost forever but it was recovered. I'm so happy that I discovered them.
So give Recoverfab a try!
I hope this helps, I totally know how you feel!
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