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  1. Spuzva

    Spuzva Guest

    I have CF Viking 128Mb, and when I tried to backup pictures in my PC
    with cardreader it gone dead.
    WinXP now says that card is unreadible, my canon a60 can't format
    card, and when I'm trying to format it, on display is message "E50".
    Can I somehow "reset" card, and clear all data on it, like it was when
    I purchase it?
     
  2. Art

    Art Guest

    Try reformatting the card in your CF Card Reader via XP. If you can reformat
    it then put it back into your camera and access the setup menu, reformat it
    within the camera. Failing to accomplish this you may want to contact
    supplier or manufacturer to see what their warrenty procedures is. I've had
    similar snafus with CF Cards and my Canon Camera. This procedure has proved
    functional.
     
  3. Spuzva

    Spuzva Guest

    Dana Wed, 23 Jun 2004 06:23:28 -0400,
    Art je napisao/la:
    I can't because win says "unreadable" and please insert disk


    If you can reformat
    I tried this several times, camera shutdown, and on display is message
    "E50" wihich is "error formating card" and when I tried to shut image
    with camera says "CF card error"

    Failing to accomplish this you may want to contact
    I have 3-year warranty on card so I can return it and have new one.
    But I'm trying to save some pictures--they are from MY wedding:(((((((
     
  4. Art

    Art Guest

    May want to contact the manufacturer and ask if you can send it to them and
    have them retrieve the photos. Have you tried another similar camera??
    Wedding photos are hard to recover once lost, been thru way too many in our
    family to count!! Good Luck
     
  5. Eugen T

    Eugen T Guest

    The only manufacturer that guarantees to recover your pictures is LEXAR.
    Next time buy only quality CF cards - Lexar and Sandisk. I also learned this
    the hard way - lost ~150 pictures on *brand spanking new* PNY CF card that
    died on me very conveniently at the very end of autoshow.

    On the positive side, check data recovery software. I bought one of the
    titles off the net and it recovered ~20 pictures out of 150, so it may be
    worth a try.

    Btw, I think I had exactly the same error on my G2 just before that stupid
    card stopped responding.
     
  6. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    First try reformatting the card using your Windows software. If this is
    successful, then reformat the card in the camera. If it works then you are
    okay. If not, then the card is most likely damaged.

    Many times these cards are damaged from static electricity that can occur
    during handling. Taking the card in and out of the camera, or keeping it non
    protected in your pocket can sometimes cause some static discharge that will
    damage the card. If the discharge is mild and not strong enough to do
    damage, it can sometimes cause the card to get some speratic data, thus not
    be readable.

    I always tell people to let the computer read the camera through its port,
    rather than swapping the card in and out of the camera. The more the card is
    handled the greater the chance of it failing.

    If you have a damaged card, find out if it can be exchanged under warranty.
    They may send you an exchange. The transport would be your only expense in
    this case. Most of these cards are warranted for a year.

    --

    Jerry G.
    =====


    I have CF Viking 128Mb, and when I tried to backup pictures in my PC
    with cardreader it gone dead.
    WinXP now says that card is unreadible, my canon a60 can't format
    card, and when I'm trying to format it, on display is message "E50".
    Can I somehow "reset" card, and clear all data on it, like it was when
    I purchase it?
     
  7. Graeme

    Graeme Guest

    I had a similar situation with a couple of dead Fuji cards. Fuji will
    attempt to recover your images, or replace the card. They don't go as far as
    taking the card apart and trying to replace bits though. But then there's
    likely to be no way that you could remove the components yourself either.

    As to a manufacturer guaranteeing to recover your images, that must be a
    joke or there's a big catch somewhere. If a flash memory device died, then
    they'd have to remove the device and use a microscope to optically (if
    that's possible) record the state of each bit. Yeah, right!
     
  8. Ken Weitzel

    Ken Weitzel Guest


    Hi..

    Given that there are pics of your wedding on it, I'd
    sure stop trying to format it! :(

    I'd also strongly urge you to post your problem in
    rec.photo.digital and see what comes up. There are
    a tremendous number of very skilled and helpful
    people in there who'll bend over backwards to
    assist.

    My experience is with smart media, so I'm not up
    on CF cards; but there definitely is freeware out
    there that will recover most, if not all, of your
    pictures.

    Good luck, and take care.

    Ken
     
  9. I had a similar experience with a Sandisk card: CF cards definitely arent as
    reliable as they are touted to be. Luckily Sandisk is a reliable company.
    The card started failing when it started writing very slowly. Then not
    reading .avi files in the camera properly. Then it stopped reading them at
    all. Luckily it did record properly and could still transfer to the computer
    where they worked perfectly.

    AND Sandisk were shocked to find that one of their cards was failing and
    replaced it sharpish.

    There used to be a way in early Norton utilities (2.0 for DOS??) of
    formatting a hard or floppy disk UNDER the data on it which worked fairly
    well. That was when tech support was in its infancy and when the companies
    hadn't yet realised that it was easier for them to outsource
    ask-three-easy-question-scripts to India, and tell everyone to format their
    drives and reinstall the OS than for their non-trained representatives to
    cure your problem.

    It may work for you but Symantec has stopped their technical support for
    early products. Still it may be worthwhile calling them and threatening to
    pay for their asssitance if there is no other utility out there which does
    this?

    (Or, there are companies out there which exist specifically to extract
    exactly this type of data at huge expense from dead discs)

    Licensed to Quill
     
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