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Camera read CF card, but cannot see on USB or other media

I have a 1GB Lexar Compact Flash card used with a Nikon D70. The card was formatted by the camera, and I have used it for a year. I can review the pictures fine on the camera. But when I plug the card into a card reader (I've tried 5 different ones) I get an error message that the card needs to be formatted. What caused this problem, and is there any way to recover the pictures I have on the card.

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  • tippybul Sep 17, 2007

    Thank you, but I already tried doing that. I get the same error message.

  • tippybul Sep 18, 2007

    I get the message "The type of the file systems is RAW" Chkdsk is not available for RAW drives. When I just try to go to the g: drives, I get "The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure all required file system drives are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted."

    Thanks for sharing any thoughts.

  • tippybul Sep 18, 2007

    The camera is set for file type JPEG. Windows Explorer cannot even see the card or files. It comes up with the format needed error.

    I just finished running Art Plus Digital Photo Recovery - a free download from the CNET site. It seems to have recovered my pictures, including some I erased last year. I will re-format the card in the camera and try some test shots. Thanks for your help

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You can connect the camera to the computer via a USB cable and use the camera as the card reader. It will show up as a mass storage device. You should then be able to copy the images to your PC and format the card once recovered.

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    Inky Fingers Sep 18, 2007

    Hmmmm,

    Try running check disk on the device whist it is connected to the PC

    Manual steps to run Chkdsk at the command prompt (replace "volume" with the drive letter assigned to your memory card)
    1. Click Start, and then Run.
    2. In Open, type cmd, and then press ENTER.
    3. Use one of the following procedures:
    ? To run Chkdsk in read-only mode, at the command prompt, type chkdsk, and then press ENTER.
    ? To repair errors without scanning the volume for bad sectors, at the command prompt, type chkdsk volume:/f, and then press ENTER.

    Note If one or more of the files on the hard disk are open, you will receive the following message:
    Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)
    Type Y, and then press ENTER to schedule the disk check, and then restart your computer to start the disk check.
    ? To repair errors, locate bad sectors, and recover readable information, at the command prompt, type chkdsk volume:/r, and then press ENTER.

    Note If one or more of the files on the hard disk are open, you will receive the following message:
    Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)
    Type Y, and then press ENTER to schedule the disk check, and then restart your computer to start the disk check.

    If the report says no errors but you can not access the card still, you may be able to recover the images with a tool like Card Recovery http://www.cardrecovery.com/?rid=google&... Other similar products are available)

    If all else fails you may have to bite the bullet on these images and format the card again. Once formatted, take a couple of test images and ensure you can read them off the card. If not, this would suggest that the memory card is faulty and should be replaced.

    When replacing the card with a new one, ensure the camera's firmware is able to read the maximum capacity. For instance some Pentax iST models could only read up to 2GB memory cards. A firmware update will allow these to read beyond this limit.

    Let us know how you get on with this

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    Inky Fingers Sep 18, 2007

    If you getting messages about RAW file data and no files show up, it could be that you do not have a RAW plug-in for your image editing software.

    For instance - I use a Pentax iST and Adobe CS2. To open raw images I had to download and install the Pentax RAW plug-in from their web site. However the RAW files did show up in Windows Explorer but as an unknown file type.

    Look in the camera manual to find out how to save the images as JPEG file type (MENU - FILE TYPE - select NORM (JPEG Norm) - OK and then shoot a couple of test shots. Connect the camera to the PC again and see if those test shots show up. If they do, you know you most likely need a RAW data plug-in for your system.

    The manual says:
    NEF (Raw) / NEF + JPEG
    NEF images can only be viewed using PictureProject or Nikon Capture 4 version 4.1 or later ( 191). When photographs taken at NEF + JPEG Basic are viewed on the camera, only the JPEG image will be displayed. When photographs taken at NEF + JPEG Basic are deleted, both NEF and JPEG images will be deleted.

    This could be a good clue. NEF is Nikons own Nikon Electronic Image Format, and may explain why your system does not see them. Adobe Camera Raw plug-ins are installed to the following locations on your computer:-
    Windows C:/Program Files/Common Files/Adobe/Plug-Ins/CS#/File Formats

    Let me know how you come on with this snippet

  • Inky Fingers
    Inky Fingers Sep 18, 2007

    This is handy site relating to NEW and RAW support for Windows: http://www.earthboundlight.com/phototips...

  • Inky Fingers
    Inky Fingers Sep 18, 2007

    typo: NEW = NEF

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Hey jenmar63,
There are multiple photo recovery programs out there that usually do a fairly good job of recovering images off of memory cards. I would search the internet for photo recovery programs and you should get multiple results with some being free and some at a charge. I would try the free ones first since just because one program doesn't work doesn't mean another program won't. I hope this helps!

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