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Sandisk SD Card - disappearing pictures?

Hi, I have a sandisk SDHC 4GB, about a month old, and I just tried to dowload pictures off it for the first time using a card reader. However, when i plugged it in it showed the card was empty, and now my camera wont show the pics and putting the card in another camera got a message that i need to reformat it (which i didn't do cause i think that deletes everything). Are my pictures really gone and if not, how do i get them?

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1. First of all, don't do anything further on the card. Don't format it, run scandisk or other "repair" software and don't try to shoot more pictures on it. This is very important if you hope to recover your information.

2. Second, observe the golden contact on the card, sometimes these can get dirty and make bad contact - if so proceed to clean them carefully with a Q-tips or similar and some ethyl alcohol (not alcohol drinks!) or isopropyl alcohol (many cleaning solutions like magnetic head cleaners) to thoroughly clean each contact. Avoid spilling and leaving drops on the card. Dry the card well before inserting it again. Never use water or other cleaning solutions or you'll ruin your card.

3. Next, go to download
PhotoRec - it's the best picture undelete program and it's free. Once downloaded, follow the instrutions. Of course you should try to recover your data BEFORE testing the card with formatting, writing etc.

Hopefully you'll find your pictures and next time please download them after each photo session!!!

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