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PICTURES I was on vactiosn took pictures and I don't know what happened ,memory were full I took the memory card from the camara and I i went to Walmart to scan my pictures my pictures were gone , I put the card back to the camara tosee my pictures and asked me to format the card, I didn't do anything I didn't format my pictures because said all imagines will delete. My questions is If I still have my pictures there or are erase, Help please

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  • TAMAZULA Oct 23, 2007

    I will try your soluction, could you tell me how I format the memory card y the computer where I go. to my computer? and then? please reply thank you

  • TAMAZULA Oct 24, 2007

    Hello again and thank you

    I try to format card on my computer and sing come up all imagines will deleted, I would like to see my pictures that I take on Mexico. I would like to know if there any way !!! please help me I don't want to Deleted my pictures when format my card I hooping that my pictures are there,.   Please Help

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The problem is simple in nature but may turn out to be more complex than we like to think of it. Normally the pictures should have been saved to the memory card and furthermore they should still be there. However, in this case, if the camera asks you to format the card, it means that the files or the card itself becomed corrupted and the camera can't recognise any of it's files. In this situation, the camera assumes the card is brand new and unformatted (or corrupted/unreadable) and asks for a format. Most cameras use a file system called FAT16 or FAT32. This is a way to manage the space on a memory device (card in this case) and it's standardized with the computer world meaning if you for example take a picture save it on the card and put the card on your computer via a card-reader, the computer will read it normally. If viceversa you place a picture on the card, the camera will read it fine also. However in your case, if the camera says the card is corrupted or it asks you to format the card, there is a great chance the pictures were corrupted and are now unreadable. You should try to place the card on a computer with a card reader. If the computer says the disk is empty, then a data transmission problem between the camera and the card may have resulted in the corruption of those pictures. Format the card on your computer then place it into your camera and make some pictures to see if this was an isolated incident or still the camera takes pictures but doesn't store them correctly.

For those pictures at least, I think there is a veeery slim chance they are still there somewhere. Practically they are corrupted beyound repair, or even worse, they are simply gone. I'm sorry for telling you the bad news, the only thing i can help with now is to try to diagnosticate if this was an isolated incident or there are chances it ca happen again. Like i've told before, first format the card in your computer, then put it in the camera, then make some test pictures and try to see if you can copy them from the card to the pc. Let me know if something happens or if you need more help.

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    Motoi Bogdan Oct 23, 2007

    hello again and thank you for the good rating.

    First of all you should have a card reader or a similar device in wich to insert the card from the camera. After you insert the card windows should recognise it as an external hard drive or storage media. it will be shown in "my computer". just right click on it and from the pop-up menu that will come on, select format. A new window will be shown and from there look for FAT 16 in the "file system" option on it. You may now begin the format process by clicking start. After this, the card should be ok, and you may insert it into your camera. If you don't have a card reader, or simply wish to try this another way, format the card using your camera. Simply select "format card" when the camera asks you to do it and after this is done, make some pictures and try to download them to your computer using the camera's data cable. If the pictures are shown properly and they are all ok, your problem was just an unfortunate accident with the card or camera and shoudn't happen again or on regular basis. Feel free to ask further questions.

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    Motoi Bogdan Oct 24, 2007

    does something show up on the card when you open it using your computer? If so, copy anything on the card to the computer just like you would copy a regular folder in windows. Then  check to see if you can see or preview any of the pictures. If possible, or if the pictures have an unusual extension, or they simply don't open, please tell me what name they have or what file extension. I will try to figure out what has become of them and in what status they are.

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    Motoi Bogdan Oct 25, 2007

    I'm sorry but at this point it's pretty obvious that your pictures were corrupted and no longer readable. The only possible way.. and even that has a small chance of succes would be to mount the card as a raw format partition and attempt to extract hexazecimal strings using specialised software/hardware. This can only be done by a specialised service center and even they have a very small chance of succes. By this time, the only thing you may do with that card would be to format it using your computer or replace it if you don't want to risk any situations like this (assuming that the card itself was the problem here). There are many software programs that state they will recover lost files on memory cards but they woun't work in this case, because they can't communicate with the card because windows doesn't report to them that the card is operational or has a valid file system on them. If it were to accidentaly delete a file, or format the card, those programs wound have a chance because they could still read the card. In this case, even windows, as an operating system can't acces the card and therefore any program can't do it also. I'm sorry for being the one to give you the bad news but at this stage I don't think there are many things we can do in order to save the current file system configuration on the card.



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