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When i have taken a number of photos i have managed to download them straight to my laptop via the card reader. When i have tried using the same card in the Finepix S5600 camera the wording "card not initialized" comes on the screen. When i have put the card back into the laptop reader, i am asked if i want to format the card and if i do then i will loose all my pictures. This has happened last year and i did loose all of my pictures stored on the card when i formatted it. I dont want this to happen again. Can you elp?

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  • tutend May 01, 2008

    I have experiened this problem before but not with this memory card. Today I have taken the camera to a camera shop and they stated that i would have to re format the card. This was done whilst in the camera and i did loose all of my images that were on the card. It has however, made the camera operate correctly but i am afraid that it may happen again. The shop tried to sell me a programme that would allow me to retrieve the missing images but i wasn't happy with the amount they were asking for this particular programme.

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If you have already downloaded the images to your laptop via the card reader, you shouldn't have to worry about losing the images. But this might be a matter of how your image software is handling the downloads (ie. delete images/reformat after download, leave them alone, etc.) (hint: it's always best to reformat cards IN the camera). Check your software preferences. And it very well could be your memory card is wonky. Have you tried other cards and had the same problem?

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  • jill goodell May 02, 2008

    I've had great success with a recovery software called PhotoRescue. You might want to give that a look. The best $29 I ever spent. Nice thing is you can try before you buy so you can tell if your images are recoverable.

    http://www.datarescue.com/photorescue/

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