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Old 09-04-2014, 11:48 AM   #1
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SD card data recovery?

My 32GB SD card seems to have shit the bed. As Murphy would have it, I've been really lax about downloading photos and now I cannot access the data on this card either through the camera (camera flashes "cannot use card") nor does the computer pick up the card when inserted into the reader.

Anybody have any luck getting to the lost data on a shitboxxed SD card?

Card is the generic MicroCenter "brand", FWIW.

Help a brother out. My wife is gonna not be pleased when I have to tell her all her pics from the last 3 months are toast.
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Old 09-04-2014, 12:08 PM   #2
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I'm no computer expert but I've had good luck using Linux (Ubuntu/Lubuntu) to access drives that Windows will not see or map. I normally burn a cd of Ubuntu or Lubuntu and then start the computer with it. Have your SD card plugged in also.

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Old 09-04-2014, 12:12 PM   #3
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Not to say I'm computer illiterate, but to point to Linux based stuff gets me into the dazed, deer in the headlights zone. Will I need to install the Ubuntu/Lubuntu stuff onto my computer to do this? Is this difficult?
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Old 09-04-2014, 12:25 PM   #4
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A RIP disk is handy to boot/recover from but if it's just a card I'd just install this:

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

then run the recovery on it from Windows.
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Old 09-04-2014, 12:26 PM   #5
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You can use a "live" Linux CD/DVD/Flashcard. You don't have to install it. It runs directly off the media. Since what you're doing (data recovery) can be tricky, it might be easier to find someone already familiar with Linux to do it for you.
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Old 09-04-2014, 01:22 PM   #6
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I've recovered files from cards with Photorescue. You should be able to download it as a trial, run it and it should show if anything is available to recover, it won't show the actual files until you pay for it. It can take a while depending on the card size.
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Old 09-04-2014, 02:56 PM   #7
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Have to ask. Did you try cleaning the contacts on the card with a pencil eraser?
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Old 09-04-2014, 03:37 PM   #8
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Have to ask. Did you try cleaning the contacts on the card with a pencil eraser?
Or a Qtip and alcohol?
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Old 09-04-2014, 06:02 PM   #9
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Or a Qtip and alcohol?
I tried that once. The alcohol was a Milwaukee's Best Ice. Totally fucked up the card
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Old 09-04-2014, 06:18 PM   #10
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I tried that once. The alcohol was a Milwaukee's Best Ice. Totally fucked up the card


Import!

You have to use imported alcohol with memory cards. Domestic is only for ceremonies. You know...

"Hold my beer and watch this..."


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Old 09-04-2014, 06:34 PM   #11
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Import!

You have to use imported alcohol with memory cards. Domestic is only for ceremonies. You know...

"Hold my beer and watch this..."


I call Bullshit. The besttest breweries are in America (A place once known as the land of the free).
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Old 09-05-2014, 12:21 AM   #12
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I call Bullshit. The besttest breweries are in America (A place once known as the land of the free).
Are you saying you lied about the Milwaukee's Best Ice?
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Old 09-05-2014, 12:17 PM   #13
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Yep, contacts are clean. Pretty sure I pooched the card by not waiting for the system to tell me it was safe to remove the card.

Tried messing with Recuva a bit, to no avail. Computer is not recognizing the card so it is not mounting as a drive. Can't seem to get Recuva to search it anyway, as I was led to think it would do based on some reviews and info I found about recovery tools. Granted, much of what is out there is intended to recover accidental deletions, as opposed to screwed formatting of a flash drive.

Frustrating, knowing that I probably caused this.
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Old 09-05-2014, 12:35 PM   #14
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http://www.pcinspector.de/Default.htm?language=1

Easy to use recovery software for memory cards. Even if the card is corrupt.
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Old 09-05-2014, 12:53 PM   #15
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Thanks. Downloaded and installing now. Will post back with results.
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