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Data recovery on an SD card that doesn't show up in XP

NocturneNocturne Registered User regular
edited January 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
I'm trying to recover pictures from my friend's SD card used in a digital camera. Normally if there's a FAT problem or it says it needs to be formatted when you know there's data present, I can run a recovery program to retrieve the data. The problem here is that in XP, any program hangs if it tries to access the card. Windows explorer will hang after detecting all devices in the tree down to where the card would be, and will stay frozen until you unplug the card. Data recovery software is doing the same thing, showing the hard disks but hanging when trying to detect the card. When plugging it in XP gives no indication that a mass storage device was connected.

Any ideas? He may be SOL aside from professional data recovery, but there are pictures of his very young son on there so I want to do what I can to help. Thanks in advance!

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  • tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    When the card is in the camera, can you see the pics on the camera screen?

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  • NocturneNocturne Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    tsmvengy wrote: »
    When the card is in the camera, can you see the pics on the camera screen?

    I don't believe so. I just have the card itself in my posession, so I haven't tried it in his camera. In a different digital camera it just says "Memory Card Error" without even an option to format it for the camera.

    Which again leads me to believe I may be SOL.

  • Joe ChemoJoe Chemo Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Tried to see if a linux liveCD can recognize it?

  • Geek LordGeek Lord Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

    I've used it to recover an unbootable laptop drive (using a bootable CD or usb key).
    I remember reading an article about a photographer successfully recovering virtually every file off a corrupt memory card using this app.

  • MaryAnnaMaryAnna Registered User
    edited January 2010
    I dont know if this reply is too late for you, but visit http://www.advanced-file-recovery.com/ might be worth a try. This program has recovered my photos deleted from an SD card by mistake by the kids.

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