Please help photo recovery CF card

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Please help photo recovery CF card

#1 Post by Sytse »

Hello and thank you very much in advance for any help you can give me. Also, Christophe Grenier, thank you very much for creating, sharing and supporting your fantastic recovery software! :mrgreen:

Now, here's my problem. I had used the same 8 GB SanDisk Ultra CF card in my Nikon D200 for a very long time without any problems. However, when visiting a friend and reviewing my photo's on her MacBook Pro things went awry.
After viewing the photo's I chose to "eject" the USB cardreader drive. I disconnected the card reader from the USB port and immediately I got an error that a device was disconnected improperly (I did some research and this seams to be a known problem with snow leopard / mountain lion / whatever...). I just ignored this message and put the card back into my camera. It still was working fine. I could take new photo's and review them on the camera display. The photo's I had already taken before where also still on the card.

However, when I got back to my friend and put the card in the cardreader which I then connected to the USB port, I got the message that the card was removed incorrectly the previous time and the card was now unreadable. I tried to play around with the options a litle, but there was nothing I could do (I might have pressed "Initialize", I don't remember... this was a while ago. I didn't know that "initialize" is really format :oops: ). When I tried to put the card back in the camera I got an error message that the card was not readable!

I tried several recovery softwares, but I didn't get lucky so far. When I connect the card to my windows PC (via the same USB card reader) it takes very long to load the card and the computer freezes for several minutes (it's pretty old.. :P ). I tried some things with Test Disk and PhotoRec, but, sadly, I haven't managed to recover a single photo. It looks like the whole partition is lost.

The strange thing is, the first time I tried PhotoRec it did start recovering files, but I aborted the process because it would take a long time and I wanted to do it another time. But when I retried it didn't work.

After this, I gave up for a while. I asked some questions at another forum, but nobody could help me. I got a new card and just shot photo's on that one. Anyway, I would really like to give it another go. I'm sure some of the photo's are still somewhere on the faulty card, waiting to be recovered... :lol:
I thought about posting here before, but I just didn't get around to it. I think I remember being requiered to post some specific details, and maybe a log file to get help...? I can't seem to find that info now. What I can find is a very large text file in the testdisk directory (6,41 GB) which is called "testdisk". I'm not realy sure where that came from...
Anyway, if you need more information, please just ask and I'll do my best to supply all the specifics.

Again, thanks very much in advance for any help. I would be very happy if I could recover just some of the photo's and be able to use the card again.

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Re: Please help photo recovery CF card

#2 Post by cgrenier »

Run PhotoRec, after selecting the memory card, does it see your partition ? Choose [Whole] instead of [Free] when asked. Are there read errors ?

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Re: Please help photo recovery CF card

#3 Post by UliS »

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