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Cannot access photos on Canon Powershot SD400 Camera

I shot a whole vacation and when I got home, only the last 2 photos were viewable in playback mode. I was just about to give up, but when I went to reformat the card, I noticed that it says there is 316MB used of the 1.8 on the 2G SD card. I cancelled the format, but can't access the photos. So, it appears, the photos are still on there, just hidden somehow. I tried using a different camera as a reader. At the time I was taking the last two photos, the camera battery was dying and I turned it on real quick to get the last two. Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.

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  • DPeirce Mar 12, 2008

    Thanks. I've used both my camera view mode and from a iPhoto and Bridge on my mac.

  • DPeirce Mar 12, 2008

    No I have not. Don't know how. Please elaborate. Will that delete the photos?

  • DPeirce Mar 12, 2008

    This is for Solution #2:

    No I have not tried a hard reset. Don't know how. Please elaborate. Will that delete the photos?

  • DPeirce Mar 12, 2008

    To zzedly,

    I can download the pictures, but only the two that are showing up. I can look into a flash card reader, never used one though. Thanks.

  • DPeirce Mar 12, 2008

    I will try both the hard reset and card reader and let you know if it worked or not. Thank you.

  • DPeirce Mar 12, 2008

    I took out the battery for over an hour to do a hard reset and tried using an external card reader. Neither of these worked. I have a mac, can you recommend any data recovery programs for a mac?

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  • Can you view/download the pictures when connecting either your camera or the other camera to a computer?
  • Can you borrow/buy a cheapo flash card reader and try reading the card via that?
  • When in doubt, search for a free file recovery program on Download.com and use the card reader to recover the pictures.

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    Tygh Duval Mar 12, 2008

    While I have no first-hand experience with anything Mac related, my search points me to this program as a viable solution:
    PhotoRescue for Mac OS X

    I'm not sure what the limitation is on the trial version, but the full version is only $39. If your pictures are important, $39 isn't much!

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Do you access the photo into your PC or just in the camera view mode??

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    pincer Mar 12, 2008

    Just only one indian post along with me...hmmm.

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Did you do a hard reset?

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  • dewan nafees ahmed Mar 12, 2008

    hard reset wont delete photos in anyway

    but please try a card reader and check if you are able to acess the photos

    this must solve you sir

    thank for replying

  • dewan nafees ahmed Mar 12, 2008

    hard reset is done by leaving the camera without batteries for an hour or more.

  • dewan nafees ahmed Mar 12, 2008

    card reader is a very good option to try with sir.

    but if you are not able to get fruitful results then you will have to try some recovery programs

  • dewan nafees ahmed Mar 12, 2008

    ya that is ok.. fine sir

  • dewan nafees ahmed Mar 13, 2008

    > Rescue Pro and Image Rescue are both Mac compatible and marketed
    > specifically for recovering photos from cranky media. I'd be very
    > surprised if you need anything else.
    >
    > It is possible that your card is fried, but I wouldn't ditch it for
    > just one bad act. I'd download the images, reformat the card in the
    > software, then reformat again in the camera, shoot some test frames
    > and if it works fine, declare your problem a one-time problem.

  • dewan nafees ahmed Mar 13, 2008

    Data Rescue II is very good at retrieving files from corrupt media...

    but am not sure if it used wit mac..


    I recommend going the Rescue Pro route first to see if
    > that will work.
    >
    > Lately San Disk has been bundling the Rescue Pro software (for free)
    > with their Ultra and Extreme Compact Flash Cards. So, maybe instead
    > of coughing up $$$ to buy just the software, maybe you can get lucky
    > and spend the same amount on a card that has the software thrown in
    > for free.

  • dewan nafees ahmed Mar 13, 2008

    > Rescue Pro, http://www.lc-tech.com/software/rescuepr...
    > and Image Rescue, http://www.lexar.com/software/image_resc...
    >
    > Both are fairly reasonable considering the alternative. (You don't
    > have to match the brand of the image recovery software to the disk
    > brand.)

  • dewan nafees ahmed Mar 13, 2008

    > Check the card mfg.'s web site for free downloadable utilities to rescue
    > corrupt discs. The better disc makers usually supply a utility that helps
    > recover files. If yours doesn't, there are lots of software solutions like
    > : http://www.gorecovery.com/digital_photo_... if you're
    > wiling to pay. A more thorough search is likely to turn up shareware that
    > could do something similar.
    >

  • dewan nafees ahmed Mar 13, 2008

    thank you sir

    good luck

    dont forget to rate this solution

    have a good day

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