Question about Vivitar ViviCam 5100 Digital Camera
First, make sure that you never insert another card formatted in another camera to one which is different, even same brands may be different. Doing this can corrupt all the pictures on the card. Just inserting the card in the camera to read it can cause the camera to make folders or files for it's type.
Here is the safest thing to do, and I have gotten back pics I could not see on the camera.
Buy or get a card reader. Install the card reader...usually if it is a usb, simply plug it into a usb port, and it should be detected by the computer system. If it is not, then restart the system with the card reader plugged in.
The card should be able to be read if the files are still there.
If you had pictures which are valuable, then there are programs which will bring back any deleted pictures which have not been over written by other files.
This is why it is best to copy all files as soon as you remove the card from a camera.
Also a note here.. never delete or add files to the card which you value from the pc. Not a good idea, because of the danger of corruption which can occur from that.
Best practice: When you put a new or used card into any camera, first make sure there are no pictures or files of any kind you want to save, then format the card in the camera you intend to use it in. This sets up the card to be used to the best advantage of the camera's system.
Many times users wonder why their camera saves the pictures so slow. One reason can be that the card was not formatted to be used in that camera.
For instance if the card was formatted in a Nikon, and then you put it into a Canon, the canon will make canon folders and files and may corrupt the remaining files.
Posted on Sep 29, 2008
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