Recovery of Corrupted Files on Compact Flash Card
Is there any possible way to recover subject images. This was a virtually brand new 48Meg card which had not been overwritten. There had not been an "erase" or "delete" operation in the Nikon Coolpix 800.It seemed to have happened during crash of Thumbsplus or Ulead Photo Impact during upload to view thumbprint versions of photos.Any tips or comments will be greatly appreciated...

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If you have a card reader or a USB setup that turns your camera into a virtual hard drive on your machine you may be able to use standard file recovery tools(programs) to recover your data. Try any of the normal disk recovery utilities like Norton Utilities.The best advice I can give is to only use a program like Window's Explorer to copy the files from the card directly to your hard disk then view them with whatever program strikes your fancy. Don't use viewers to access the files on your media card, they tend to destroy the file systems on the cards. Don't ask me why, they just seem to. I've had similar things happen when trying to view files on smartmedia. Since I started only copying from the media, I've had no trouble.

Same story as reading them with some programs, deleting them can mess up the formatting on the card and require a reformat. Deleting them in camera, I've not been forced to reformat once!Good Luck!..

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I had a similar problem with my 64 MB Lexar card a week ago after taking about 81 pics. After unsucessfully trying to retrieve the pics, I ended up contacting Lexar Media by email and mailing them the card on Wednesday, August 3. I expect to hear from them early next week. Hopefully I will be able to post some favorable feedback for you to follow up on..

Comment #2

Mike,I got an email answer from Lexar Media today. They said "We received the card on 08/05. We recovered the images for you and put it back in the card. Will send the flash card back to you tomorrow."So far so good and am I glad I went with one of the major brands. If you're still trying to recover your corrupt files, maybe you can do the same and contact your card's manufacturer for help. Good luck...Harvey..

Comment #3

Please e-mail me if you can help! Question: I downloaded some pics from the disk onto Microsoft Home Publishing last night (no problem). This morning I cannot access the pics. Every time I try I get a message that says "Disk is not Formatted, Would you like to formatt now?" What can I do to retrieve the pics? If I formatt wont I lose everything? Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

Comment #4

R. Hickman - Not really clear, when you say you downloaded images from the disk. Was that a Mavica, with a floppy as the storage medium? More info would help figure out what went wrong.....

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