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I took a series of photos on my EOS 10D and checked them before shutting the camera down. A few minutes later when I turned the camera on I found the images had disappeared. I have retrieved them using a recovery program but I'd really like to know what I am doing to have this happen.

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  • winterat Oct 23, 2008

    Thanks for that. This has been an ongoing problem, but only occasional. The card has been reformatted after each incident and then a week or two and it happens again.

  • winterat Oct 23, 2008

    I chucked away a512meg card, thinking that it was acard problem. Bought a 1 gig card and the same thing happened, so must be something to do with the camera. I just wonder whether it's repairable.


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Think of the camera as a smaller brother of your PC. When you checked the series of photos, you were actually accessing the memory storage. The built-in processor of the camera was still reading them, sorting them, cataloging then and other housekeeping functions when power was cutoff. Assuming that by series, you mean a good number of photos, then the camera has not yet finished all of these when you powered off. This in effect is like powering off your PC without exiting properly. Having said this, then it is most likely that the "table of contents" was corrupted. This would explain why you were able to recover the photos but the camera was not able to list them. Again just like a computer storage, all that is required is to format the storage medium be it internal memory or an add-on/extension memeory card.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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Please do a full format of the memory card

that is enough to solve this problem

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    santha ram Oct 23, 2008

    i would suggest you to do a low level format of the memory card and then take the photos and then switch off the camera and then again turn it ON.

    this will clear all the errors in the memory card.

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    santha ram Oct 23, 2008


    if so try a different memory card borrowed from your friend. just to make sire the problem is with the memory card or the camera.

    i think the problem likes with the memory card only.

    lets check it out. please post back with the results.

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    santha ram Oct 23, 2008

    oh.. may be a firmware update is needed. else the camera firmware needs to be reinstalled.

    first of all try to update the firmware.

    if that does not solve then take it to a service center and do a repair estimate.

    this will help.

    thank you


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