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Emergency: CF card with two broken off pins
Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 6:02 PM on 07.14.18
->> Shooting a state LL tournament today and for the first time ever, a CF card came up with two broken pins from a card reader. First problem: 700+ images are on that card. Second issue, trying to fihure out what the hell was going on, I bend the pins in one of my D3's, so it is out of commission.
Any ideas on how to get the broken off pins out of the card?
And, can I just straighten out the pins on the cards slots?
Thanks, Sam
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 11:08 PM on 07.14.18
->> Try a micro-tweezer for splinters that come together to a very sharp point -- provided there is even the tiniest bit of pin sticking out of the CF card hole. You can get the tweezers at REI.

If the pin is inside the hole, you have two choices. First try a strong magnet to suck out the pin which should be steel. The magnetic field will not affect the CF card as the memory is flash and not oxide like floppies. The stronger the magnet the better. Take your card to the store and try it there; that way you don't have to buy it.

Next ask your doctor if he/she has access to very small needles to sew micro stitches that you might be able to work into the hole and snag the pin. Putting a slight bend in the end will have it act as a hook. Or maybe try a diabetic syringe needle as they are very small in diameter.
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Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 12:52 PM on 07.16.18
->> I was able to get the card to at least download the images. I used a sharp knife to widdle out around the holes, then used a needle to widen the "bad" holes. Ten slammed the card down on my desk. Then gently put the card in the card reader. The card is shot, but at less than $10 bucks for the card, who cares.
Doug, I am going to order the micro-tweezers!
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 1:55 PM on 07.16.18
->> Less than $10 for the card? The cheapest/smallest at B&H is $15. You must have gotten a really good discount or the card is an off-brand and you got what you paid for.

But you also have another problem. Where did the pin come from that got lodged in the card? Cards are females; cameras and card readers are male so one of them is damaged. You said you bent a pin back into shape; there is also a pin missing somewhere. If it is a camera, send it in for a new connector bank; if a card reader trash it and get another. That bent pin is a disaster waiting to happen -- not if, but will.
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Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 10:23 AM on 07.18.18
->> Broken Pins came out of a brand new card reader. So I know where the problem originated. The CF card was a Dane-Elec Pro 133X 8GB. I probably was thinking of flash drives when I stated less than $10. But thanks for the snarky reply.
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Tim Cowie, Photographer, Photo Editor
Davidson | NC | USA | Posted: 2:52 PM on 07.18.18
->> Either way, I would be sending my camera in to be checked before I put in another card or fired it up. Frying the board will be a lot more expensive.

The cost of having a top of line card and card reader will seem like peanuts when comes to paying for problems associated more often with lesser brands.

It doesn't take much to fry a camera.
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