SD Memory card faulty. Need to recover photos

Posted on 2007-11-25
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
The memory card (CD Card) got wet when the camera was dropped into a stream. Ironically, the camera survived, but memory card did not. When I plug the card into a reader on my pc, it isn't recognized. I would end the effort there, but recently when I placed the card into the reader, the photo files showed up on screen for a moment. I clicked on the folder to transfer the files to the desktop, and the system freezes.....That has happened twice. Mostly, though, there is no recognition of a disk in the drive. I downloaded some freeware for data recovery, but the fact that the disk isn't recognized by the computer eliminates the possibility of that particular software.
Anyone can help here? Is there something I can try besides sending the disk out to a recovery specialist? There are just some photographs on the card from a trip that I can't get back...
Question by:jalvord1

Expert Comment

ID: 20348232
For recovering of camera memory cards the program we use is easy photo recovery works like a dream but it does cost $30.  Have had better success with this utility than many others.  You can try the demo from here to see if this will get them back before purchasing.  Also I have known others to have some success with this free utility.  http://www.artplus.hr/adapps/eng/dpr.htm  
LVL 38

Accepted Solution

lherrou earned 1000 total points
ID: 20350069

How long has it been since the camera and card went swimming? What steps have you taken to dry the card out? If the card is not completely dry, dry it out completely, then try again, with recovery software ready to run if you can access it at all.

Other thoughts... have you tried the reader with a different card? Have you contacted the card manufacturer to get their recommendations?

Beyond that, I am afraid if the card is not accessible once it's dried completely, only the manufacturer or a data recovery company will have the tools needed to access the memory chips directly - where the data likely is intact, but the process expensive.


Author Comment

ID: 20350508
So far no luck. I tried the free utility, but without success. The software gives and "error reading cluster" message. I think perhaps the card is dead, and don't want to spend $$'s getting a couple of photos off of it. The card is completely dry (it's been about a year now), and the card reader works fine, as it reads other memory cards without issues. Thanks anyway. I'll wait a couple of days and see if any other possible solutions are posted.

Featured Post

Get 10% Off Your First Squarespace Website

Ready to showcase your work, publish content or promote your business online? With Squarespace’s award-winning templates and 24/7 customer service, getting started is simple. Head to Squarespace.com and use offer code ‘EXPERTS’ to get 10% off your first purchase.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

The Nikon Coolpix L18 is an intuitive 8-megapixel point and shoot camera with a 3x optical zoom.  Nikon has done a good job of incorporating several features such as image stabilization, on camera red eye fixing, and a large three-inch display on th…
Article by: Geoff
The Canon 7D helps to bridge the gap between Canon’s professional cameras and their prosumer line, fitting nicely between the 50D and the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. This camera works well for an experienced amateur or is a great second camera for a pro. …
This video teaches viewers how to process images for a time-lapse video. Programs required: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe After Effects, Video Editing Program. In Adobe Lightroom: Import sequence image files into Adobe Lightroom: Develop settings of an I…
I designed this idea while studying technology in the classroom.  This is a semester long project.  Students are asked to take photographs on a specific topic which they find meaningful, it can be a place or situation such as travel or homelessness.…

588 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question