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XD Card Not Read by Computer

I have a well used XD card. I erased all pictures and then took about 30 pictures. I can see the pictures on my camera screen, but when I attempt to download, my computer is not finding anything. I put the card in my HP printer and I can print the pictures, but when I attempted to read the card from my computer through the printer, I got the same message that the card was empty. any ideas.

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Re: XD Card Not Read by Computer

Hi cruyf, It sounds as if the data (pictures) on your memory card has become corrupted. There are lots of programs that claim to be able to recover deleted files. These are corrupted files so I?m not sure how well they will do. The first program I reference will show you what it can recover but if you want to get the images you have to pay $40 to activate the software. I?ve used this before and it worked for me but be aware there are lots of other programs, some free. Here is the link: Here is another that claims to be able to recover both deleted and corrupted files: After you have pulled your pictures off the card (or if you give up) you should use the cameras format utility on the card before you use it again. I?ve had this problem on memory cards before and this has fixed my problem. Let us know how it goes and don?t forget to rate the posting.

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xD-Picture Card (16MB – 1GB)
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pictures reaches 0, you must connect the camera to a computer to download the
pictures, and then erase the pictures from the internal memory.
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• Pictures are not recorded to the internal memory when a card is inserted in the
camera. Pictures in the internal memory can be copied to the card using the
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g“BACKUP Copying pictures in the internal memory to the card” (P.25)
“The card” (P.60)
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