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Need HELP with Corrupt smart media card

by Racedog / July 6, 2005 5:06 AM PDT

Hi all
I am new here and need some help. I have a Gateway DC-M42 digital camera and it uses smartmedia cards to store on. Mine is a 256MB model.
The problem is I can see the pictures on the camera (185 of them) and when I use a smartmedia reader on the computer, I can not see them at all. infact it takes forever to tell me that it cannot open the disk.
I have tried many disc recovery programs but that all say that there is nothing on the disc. I have tried, File Recovery, Digital Photo Recovery, Recover my Files. and Easy Reocovery Pro 6.4 and still it show nothing in the smartmedia card. When I connect the camera to the computer via USB I cannot access the card in the camera. All indicators show that it is connected to the computer, but still nothing.
When I access the card with the Camera in play back mode I can see all the picture except one. #169, the camera will hang in this picture, every time. So my guess is that this is a bad picture and restricting access to the rest of the pictures on the card.
How can I get them off their, I am not sure what else to try. I hope the brains here can help me with this.
I have tried to access the smartmedia reader on 2 different computers both with XP SPK 2 installed and get the same results from both, I also have used another Smartmedia 256 card in the camera and with the smartmedia reader and both work fine with the other card, just not this one.
Thank in advance
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Are any of your programs designed SPECIFICALLY to read
by Kiddpeat / July 6, 2005 8:32 AM PDT

and recover camera memory cards including Smart Media cards? If not, you need to find one that is. If so, you may need to find a professional service to recover the images.

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I have tried both types
by Racedog / July 6, 2005 9:50 AM PDT

But nothing still.
Thanks for the help.
I will keep trying to see what I can find, and if I fix it I will post here also.

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Smart Media Card
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / July 6, 2005 12:22 PM PDT

See if you can delete that photo 169 with the camera.
If you can not......try deleting photo 168 and then 169.


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Retrieval Software
by taboma. / July 6, 2005 1:00 PM PDT

Worked for me and also retores CD's. Trial version free for ten fixes. $35 for the full version. I reformatted a CD Flash card by mistake. Flashfixers and the software called ImageRecall works. Try it.
Hope this helps you.


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Image Recall
by Mary / July 14, 2005 3:28 PM PDT
In reply to: Retrieval Software

Image Recall looks nice and it's nice you get the first 10 pictures free to see how it works. Will it definately work on cards that have been formatted because I couldn't find any info about that on the site? I like to keep links like this handy for emergencies.

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@@!!##! Memory Cards
by mizoleila / July 8, 2005 2:03 AM PDT

I have a similar problem with a 512 MB SD card. Only half the pictures will open after transfer through the tower slot. The rest will not open due to a "compression error" and are lost. This has never happened with two other types of digital cards I enter through the slot. I then entered my next card into the computer by transferring them to a digital wallet first -- no problem at all. You might try transferring them with the USB cord instead of through the slot if you don't have a wallet. Meantime, why does this happen?? Is it the size of the card? It's my first over 256 MB. Good luck and help if you get a clue!

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PC inspector smart recovery
by Mary / July 8, 2005 7:30 AM PDT
In reply to: @@!!##! Memory Cards

I know you said you tried a lot of programs but have you tried this one?

Eveyone I know that has used it got their photos off the card perfect when something was wrong with the card. Even if you delete the photos on the card it will work as long as the card has not been formatted.

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Smart Recovery
by taboma. / July 9, 2005 4:24 PM PDT

Mary, I reformatted my flash card recently and got back all photo files from it. See my post before yours.
Works on flash cards and CDs. And it works!!!


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I got them Back
by Racedog / July 12, 2005 7:33 AM PDT
In reply to: Smart Recovery

I did not get all of them back but 95%of them. I reformatted and then was able to use the recovery programs to get back the pictures.
I think the MBR or FAT system took a dump and the computer did not recognize the card as a storage unit, when I reformatted the card it then could access the files within.
Thanks to all for you help. you guys are great.

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