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Windows can't see images from my Hitachi Microdrive

This is a 4GB CF Microdrive that I'd formatted using Windows initially. I put tonnes of pics on it. Here's the problem though: the same pics that Windows was able to read from the Microdrive, it cannot read anymore, error: "unreadable or corrupt card". The interesting thing is that the E500 can still play those ssame pics using the playback mode. But Windows wouldn't recognize them for some reason. Tried using the USB cable, tried a media card reader, tried the Olympus Master software. Any ideas how I can copy these pics to my PC? Thanks

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Re: Windows can't see images from my Hitachi Microdrive

In the first instance you should never format a media card/drive for a camera in a computer Windows does not know about the file type cameras need. Now getting your pictures back - has PC Inspector Download and install this and run it through the card -preferably in a card reader, rather than still in the camera.

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