HELP: corrupt/unrecognizable CF card, need photo recovery advice, for MAC

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  1. OXX

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    Hi,

    Awful, awful problem. Wife just started photo business, shot her first wedding Saturday for my cousin. Reviewing pictures on our Canon Rebel XT afterward, and the card seems to have screwed up terribly. Other cards work both in our camera and in our card reader plugged into our Mac, so neither of those are the problem.

    The card is a Kodak CompactFlash 512 MB. The computer does not even recognize that a card has been plugged in. The camera says busy forever, but eventually pops up in iPhoto and says no images are on it.

    I would like to try a software recovery, but if the computer can't even see a card plugged in, I don't know how that would help any. ANY and all help and advice is appreciated.
     
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    Thanks for the link. It did recover probably 60-75% of the photos, including the actual wedding ceremony and most of the posed after shots. Trying a couple different programs still to hope to get the reception cake, toast, etc shots still.
     
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    Yeah its a bummer and also the reason why a pro has two cameras at these events, shoot important shots on both cameras or at least keep exchanging cams throughout the "do" so even if recovery doesn't work you at least have some shots. H
     
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    Have had similiar problems with my cf card, read thru several fixes from online resources and never did get it to work consistantly again. Had to replace it unfortunatly.
     
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    Yeah, have suffered similar experience with you. I ever had a read problem with my Samsung digital camera. But I changed a OS platform and it worked normally again. I guess there must be some uncompatibilities between your camera memory card and Mac. So how about turn to another OS and have a try.

    As with photo recovery. glad to hear you have got back the majority of your lost ones with that recovery program. I also know a place where you could find many free photo recovery programs. You may get helpful info. thanks
     
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    Assuming you're not afraid of anything that requires actual typing, PhotoRec is an OpenSource program that has been cross compiled onto every available platform. Though I'm not sure if either OS/2 or DOS have USB support :)

    /edit: Duh, link: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec_Step_By_Step
     
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    I'm curious, (and desperate) ... How exactly did you use the software to recover, when you said your card was not recognized by the computer?
    I'm trying to do the same thing you mentioned, but Stellar software (and all the other photo recovery software out there) requires that I point it to the CF card, which the computer will not recognize, so it doesn't show up as a volume.
     
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    Cards should normally detect but come up with a corrupted filesystem or unformatted filesystem. There's something very wrong if you can't even point the software to an unformatted drive. If the drive letter itself doesn't even show up you may have a completely screwed controller on the card.
     
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    i guess will help you to recover your deleted,lost pictures,photos from formatted memory card and so on..
     
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    Since you lost pictures on Mac, I find this place talking about the Top 10 Mac Photo Recovery Software. But they are all shareware. I can't find freeware about recovering lost pictures on Mac. Don't know if there will be any help to you.
     
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    Lexar and I think San Disk also have data recovery software you can buy alone or get for free with the purchase of one of there premium memory cards. I think I still have the one here but fortunately have never needed it.
     
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