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CF Card Issues (Help!)

Hello! I am currently residing in the middle of nowhere in Panama and anything I need to get to remedy the problem will have to be ordered so I wanted to get some advice first.
Having the following issues with my CF card/reader/unsure where the source of the problem is:

1- My CF Card (Transcend 32BG) would not be read by my card reader last week. Once I put it in the reader and plugged it in the computer it would not be recognized. I checked the 'tines' in the reader and one of them was bent so I assumed that was the problem. The card is working flawlessly when it is in the camera (Canon 7d) and I have had no issues at all using it.
2- Today I spent 7 hours tracking down another card reader. I returned home to find that the card does not work in this new reader either. I attempted to plug it into 3 computers (2 mac and 1 pc) with the exact same results. It just wont be recognized.
3- I cannot use the cord from camera to computer as my port in my 7d is broken. The rest of the camera works perfectly but a few months ago this went caput and I was informed (and then confirmed with other sources) I need to reorder an entire plate at the cost of about 500usd to remedy this. Due to the fact I have no other problems with the camera I just use the card reader. Hence its important I figure this out.

Questions: Is it possible that my card is corrupted even though it is working perfectly in the camera? Has anyone seen this happen before? I currently have 1100 pictures on the card (bird photography is quite the hobby of mine) and is it possible to reformat the card and still be able to recover these?

Thank you for any help or suggestions. Its been a frustrating day to say the least Sad

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Clarification Request
32GB was huge for CF cards.

Did you try a Linux Live CD/USB/DVD to see if it was some driver issue?

As to format, I haven't done that if I want to recover. My first moves are a live OS and other PCs.

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Unsure.

Hey sorry but could you please elaborate on exactly what this is and how it could help? Ive never heard of this before and when I tried to look it up my confusion only multiplied. Thank you.

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About the Live OS. It's been kicking around for years.
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Clarification Request
does this have a slider lock on it?

If it's working in the camera, then the card isn't the problem. Look in the camera and see if there is some sort of "lock" option. Make sure any software that comes with the camera is loaded to computer properly.

The other computers may have needed some added software to recognize the CF card. Remember some older pendrives needing specific driver files to be recognized? I still have an old 64 MB one here that does that.

If you don't have the software, there are CF Card Recovery softwares available online.

If you use a USB card reader, try it on different USB ports on the computer too.

Look on the card's contacts, see if any of them are rubbed off. They do have conductive "circuit" paint which can be used to repair such.

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Thank you very much.

Thank you very much.

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disk management

does disk management see the card? if so, try assigning a drive letter to it.

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no.

No it is prompting me to 'please insert disk into removable drive' on the pc.

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sounds like contacts may be worn

check that. Use circuit paint if necessary.

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