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I have a Cannon Powershot A430....Message is Memory Card Error. Book says that means card anomaly? What the heck is that?

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The card's filing system has likely become corrupted. This usually occurs with time if the card was never formatted for the camera. It will work at first, but this eventually happens. But this can be corrected. First of all, you'll probably want to recover the photos that are already on the card. For this you'll need recovery software (plenty of freeware available):

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/recovering-those-accidentally-lost.html

You will need to use a flash card reader with this software. If you don't have one, get one, they're cheap:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st?keywords=card+reader&rs=172282&page=1&rh=n%3A172282%2Ck%3Acard+reader&sort=price

AFTER you've recovered the photos, format the card in your camera to prevent this from happening again (dig out that instruction manual to figure out how). For Canon cameras, normally just go to the tools menu, select the item stating the card's capacity, and then follow the on-screen prompts to format (select "low-level" if asked). BUT keep in mind formatting will also totally erase your card, so again only do this after you've recovered the photos!

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Do you have anything important on this camera memory card?
If not, you can directly format this camera memory card to see whether this card error can be fixed. Otherwise, you have to replace it as soon as possible.
But, if you do have important data there, you'd better never format it before you've restore all needed data back in case of any data loss.
Here are some detailed steps for you to restore all your data back:
1. Do NOT click "Yes" to format this memory card in case that the formatting process makes things worse.
2. Do NOT attempt to write anything new on this memory card in case of any data loss.
3. Download data recovery software to help you. There are many data recovery tools out there. But, no all of them could be efficient and useful enough. You should pay much attention to opt for a proper one.
So, if you are interested, you can firstly try a memory card data recovery freeware:
http://freeware-fix.blogspot.com/2013/04/memory-card-error.html
It always can thoroughly scan a card and do its utmost to restore all scanned data back successfully.
Here is some detailed information of this freeware:
http://not-formatted.blogspot.com/2013/02/recover-data-from-not-formatted.html
4. Do not save or back up all the restored data on the same card in case of any data loss.
5. After the data recovery process, simply format this card to see whether it can work functionally as before.
In the future, you should learn a lesson to be more careful about your data and always back it up well.

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