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Memory Card Reader "Please insert a disk into drive F"

by Chaserdman22 / April 5, 2009 3:52 PM PDT

I am trying to transfer some pics/vids from my sony cybershot camera onto my Dell Studio laptop (vista). When I plug in the memory card reader it installs as drive F, but when I click it, I get the "Please insert a disk into drive F" message. Obviously the memory card is in the reader so I have no clue why it isn't being read. The card works fine in the camera, I can view the pics and vids I am trying to transfer. I have also tried plugging the reader and card into two desktops, a Dell running Vista and an HP running XP. Oh and the reader also shows that the memory card has been inserted by lighting up green, so I don't know that it is the reader's problem (I don't really know what the problem is, that's why I'm here). The reader is a Dynex DX-CR501.
Of all the problems I have had with computers or electronics this is by far the most frustrating! I seriously want to punt a cat that's how frustrated I am.
Any help is greatly appreciated...

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I read the spec.; 6 types of card in a single slot?
by ahtoi / April 6, 2009 1:43 AM PDT

Wow..that sounds great but 6 in a slot? That seems to me it has to be a very precise device for perfect alignments. Does it seem to seated well?

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I don't think that is the issue
by Chaserdman22 / April 6, 2009 3:04 AM PDT

Not really, I mean, I do have to use tweasers in order to get the card out of the reader (I think that's what you mean); but it has worked before so I don't think that is the reason it isn't working.

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Sony card(s) readers
by Phil Crase / April 7, 2009 1:36 AM PDT

For the Sony cards you need to get and adaptor (card slides into it) Then you put card into the reader, otherwise you can have problems, that is a SONY thing.

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Not A Sony
by Chaserdman22 / April 7, 2009 2:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Sony card(s) readers

The card isn't a sony as far as I know, but I know what yu mean I am going to try to get an adapter for it, thanks.

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by d.yuile / April 15, 2009 10:28 PM PDT

Same problem here with Sandisk 4GB HDSC card (I have 2 other identical cards that still work so it is definately a problem either with the physical card hardware failing or a virus in the root of the card - which there is no apparent way of clearing as the disk is only accessable for the initial 3-4 secs of being read on insertion to the reader (still managed to salvage a few of my smaller files by quick copy and paste (drag&drop) to the desktop. However large *.pst files are apparently lost. I intend to return the card to Sandisk with an explanitory note (their support line simply advised me to invest in a recovery tool - that can't work because the drive only exists for those few seconds - and I think that as there is a possibility that the fault is a physical defect they should at least attempt to fix/recover the data. Sage advice to back up these things regularly - my last was early Feb and between that and the recovery of those smaller files it is not a complete disaster this time - but still loss of e-mails may matter later on.

Let me know if you have managed to resolve and I'll post the outcome of my efforts later.

PS - on one forum a suggestion to read the card on a linux system as most virus are designed to interfere with windows - that might hold water with your "The card works fine in the camera" statement.


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by Chaserdman22 / April 16, 2009 3:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Ditto

Turns out my problem was resolvable simply by getting a new card reader. I agree though backing up is a necessity now considering companies who make memory storage use that as an excuse for their products to fail and not have any responsibility (I had to spend $250 to have Best Buy recover files off of a external HD.)

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