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Lower level format problem

I was trying to make the memory storage on my pictures smaller, so i went to Format, then checked Lower Level format for the memory card and hit ok. After that, I couldn't view any of the pictures I had on there before. PLEASE HELP!!!! the pictures i had on there are for work! They are irreplacable.

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  • Sarah Montoya May 31, 2007

    Thank you for your response, i did'nt think anyone would reply... Anyways, i did look into data recovery, and wow it costs ALOT.. Too much actually, so i looked online to find maybe a free data recovery i can run on my own computer, but it downloaded and no luck at all, nothing was retrieved. Live and learn I guess. This is really horrible but i dont think there is much left to do now, there gone.

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Unfortunately, there is little you can do since low level formatting just as same as formatting a hard drive on a computer. There is one way that I know of called data recovery/forensics but this service is extremely expensive. A forensic program called "EnCase" will read any data on the card but the data may be corrupted to the point where there won't be anything of use.

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Why will my memory card not format


Remove it from camera, install it in a USB Memory Card Reader. If your computer recognizes it, format it.
If won't accept format, try installing a low level format tool, like HDD LLF Low Level Format Tool
http://hddguru.com/software/HDD-LLF-Low-Level-Format-Tool/
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If still can't format it, it went bad, buy a new one

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Or check the Lock switch on the card is in the up position, like the one on the picture on the left.
This is how the switch should be.
No switch on the card is the same as locked.
Be aware you can format a card in a computer or even in another camera. Before you start using the card in your camera, use the format option in your own camera. Some camera's won't work if the card is not formatted in the own body.
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I cant take a picture on my aqua wp 5300 i went through the formating process on the sd card but it still says that the card is full and want let me take the picture?


SD cards are external storage devices used with small electronics, such as cell phones, digital cameras and camcorders. There are two compatible file systems you can format your SD memory card with: FAT16 and FAT32. FAT16 is the most common and is used with cards that are typically smaller than 2GB.

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How cani unlock my camera? i cant delete my pictures?


Erasing a memory card: when erasing a memory card, individual photos are deleted from their directories on the card. You can erase one or more user selected images at a time, or erase all images at one time. However, any images that you've selected to be "protected" through another menu option will not be removed during the erasure process.

Formatting a memory card: format a memory card sample menuFormatting, on the other hand, deletes all images from a memory card, even the ones that may have been protected. It recreates the file system including new directories and folders where images are saved on the card.

Unlike erasing, formatting improves the overall performance of a card.

Low level formatting: some digital cameras offer a low level format in addition to the standard format option. With a low level format, all data on the card is deleted. New directories and folders are also recreated during this process.

A low-level format of a high speed memory card helps ensure smooth continuous shooting at a constant interval. For optimal video performance, it's also recommended that a low level format be done sometime prior to recording.

In camera, not computer: though opinions vary, many recommend formatting a memory card in a digital camera, not via a computer. If you plan to use a memory card that was previously used in another camera, format the card in the new camera before taking any shots.

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Erasing a memory card: when erasing a memory card, individual photos are deleted from their directories on the card. You can erase one or more user selected images at a time, or erase all images at one time. However, any images that you've selected to be "protected" through another menu option will not be removed during the erasure process.

Formatting a memory card: format a memory card sample menuFormatting, on the other hand, deletes all images from a memory card, even the ones that may have been protected. It recreates the file system including new directories and folders where images are saved on the card.

Unlike erasing, formatting improves the overall performance of a card.

Low level formatting: some digital cameras offer a low level format in addition to the standard format option. With a low level format, all data on the card is deleted. New directories and folders are also recreated during this process.

A low-level format of a high speed memory card helps ensure smooth continuous shooting at a constant interval. For optimal video performance, it's also recommended that a low level format be done sometime prior to recording.

In camera, not computer: though opinions vary, many recommend formatting a memory card in a digital camera, not via a computer. If you plan to use a memory card that was previously used in another camera, format the card in the new camera before taking any shots.

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If you get a message as "Memory Card Error" on your camera AND you still need some of the photos , the first step is to format the card through the camera menu (Note: if you have an sD card, once you re-format your card any photos cannot be recovered.). check your camera manual to see how to format your memory card. If this does not help, try another memory card (say the small 16/32mb card that came in the box with the camera). If this card does not display a "memory card error", then the other card is at fault.

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I'm sorry to say that the card is erased. A format is a complete erase of the memory card. 
However, your pictures aren't necessarily lost. First of all, make sure you don't use the memory card in the camera. As long as you haven't taken any new pictures on the card, you should be able to recover your pictures.
Next, you will need a USB memory card reader that accepts your type of memory card.
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To _TRY_ to restore your images, get a USB SD-card reader (they are pretty cheap), and try a utility that restores files on memory cards, such as VaioSoft Recovery Manager 1.5

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