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Corrupt SD card?
Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 9:52 PM on 03.25.17
->> I shot a wedding Friday, and one of my SD cards showed the images until I tried to download them. Ever since then, it won't even mount to my computer, and now won't read in the camera. The card also looks cracked, so I'm assuming it's physically damaged to the point of where software retrieval
will not be possible.
Does anyone know of a service that can attempt to pull photos from a damaged card? Luckily, it's only about 25 shots on this card, but they're of the bride putting on her dress, so they're important.
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Kevin M. Cox, Photographer
Galveston & Houston | TX | US | Posted: 10:00 PM on 03.25.17
->> What brand and model card? I *think* SanDisk will try to recover photos from their Extreme line of cards.

As for recovery I like Drive Savers.
https://www.drivesaversdatarecovery.com

I've used them both personally and professionally for hard drives but they do flash memory as well.

Check with any professional organizations you are a member for discount codes. Both NPPA and PPA have that as a member benefit.
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 3:36 PM on 03.26.17
->> It's just a sony card. I'm not even sure when I got it or why I used it that day. I've got plenty of new Lexars in my bag that I also used. I called drivesavers, and they quoted me about what everyone has been: about $700 at a minimum, up to closer to $3000 if the drive was in pieces. They were nice though. No charge for shipping either direction, and no charge if I choose not to recover or if they can't. Just weighing my options right now as I try to put together a slideshow while the bride is on a cruise.
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Marvin Gentry, Photographer
Birmingham | AL | USA | Posted: 4:12 PM on 03.26.17
->> so the card is not showing up in your camera? What camera were you using? You might try it in another brand camera to see if it will show up. Try formating it in the camera, if you can get it to show up. then using RESCUE PRO to recover it. I do not understand why all these camera manufacturers are going to an unreliable SD card. I would get in the habit of shooting to 2 cards if that is a possibility from now on.
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Tim Gangloff, Photographer
Knoxville | Tn | USA | Posted: 7:54 PM on 03.26.17
->> "I would get in the habit of shooting to 2 cards if that is a possibility from now on."

It's always possible if you choose the right professional equipment and use the correct settings.

Kind of a smart-aleck response, but I can't imagine shooting a wedding or other paid event where you can't easily recreate the images and not shoot to a dual card capable camera and recording them redundantly.

It might be possible to open the card and remove the circuity and memory (probably one piece) to see if you can see where the crack damaged the card. If it is just a broken housing, there is a chance you could put the circuitry in a new housing. In a former life, we wouuld take the dead circuitry off a hard drive and put an exact same model circuitry from a working drive on the hard drive to see if we could revive the hard drive. It would work sometimes. If you are not going to pay the big money to have it done professionally, this is the angle I would look at.
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 9:47 PM on 03.26.17
->> Yeah, that's not really helpful. I do shoot with multiple bodies and change cards numerous times to avoid having too much on single cards. Never had a single issue with any SD or CF until now, and there was never a symptom or issue. Somehow the card got cracked, and I do use a card holder.
I've actually taken the card apart and switched the inner core with another card. The other core works fine in this broken body, but the inner core of this one doesn't work in the uncracked housing. (The core doesn't appear damaged in any way.)
Painful to eat about $700 for probably 5 or 6 images, but it is what it is.
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Randy Vanderveen, Photographer
Grande Prairie | AB | Canada | Posted: 4:20 PM on 03.27.17
->> Wesley It might be worth it to try the card in a cheap point and shoot and see if recognizes it then transfer from the camera to the computer. I had it happen once where my pro bodies wouldn't recognize the card but my wife's P&S did. If if doesn't work it won't cost you anything but the time. Randy
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 6:08 PM on 03.27.17
->> Randy, I'll try that when I get back in town. I've also got a few card readers at home to try. I'll post a follow-up for public ridicule. :)
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 9:30 AM on 03.29.17
->> Finally got it to work. Don't ask me why, but it worked only when I put it in an eyefi USB card adapter AND put that into an old multi-port card reader I got at Walmart several years ago AND only in a PC - not my Mac. Downloaded and double backed up. Card now in the trash.
Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions. You don't know how relieved I am.
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Randy Vanderveen, Photographer
Grande Prairie | AB | Canada | Posted: 6:11 PM on 03.30.17
->> Good to hear you managed to find something to work.
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 1:56 PM on 03.31.17
->> Of course!
The old eyeFi-USB-adapter-into-a-multi-port-card-reader-into-a-PC trick!
Why didn't you think of that sooner?
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