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Broken Memory Card?

by klausadave / February 18, 2008 1:01 AM PST

I have a Nikon Coolpix 5600, with a SanDisk Ultra II 2 GB card. I dropped my camera on concrete and it is ok, but it says "This Card Cannot Be Used" although the card looks fine. I had about 800 pictures on there, and want to find out if there is any way to salvage them. A Sakar memory card reader was no help. Maybe the small switch somehow was internally jammed into "lock"? Any help?

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Re broken memory card...
by Papa Echo / February 18, 2008 8:45 PM PST
In reply to: Broken Memory Card?

A drop which does not affect the camera is not likely to affect its memory card. Are you sure the card was not defective before the drop ? Was the camera turned on when it was dropped ? Try using a different card reader, or one for the "ultra" type of cards. Try a photo-printng shop, and if the photos are accessible, have a CD made of them. BTW, what is the exact error message ?

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Re broken memory card
by klausadave / February 20, 2008 5:11 AM PST

It says "Card Cannot Be Read", with an icon of a card with a diagonal line through it. I'm pretty sure the camera was on, and the rep at a data recovery place says a surge could've gone through it to corrupt the files. Unfortunately, it costs $225 even if they don't recover anything, $350 if they do, so I'll just hang on to the card, buy a new one, restage a handful of still lifes I lost, and try to forget the rest.

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