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CHA message I was photographing a wedding this weekend with this brand new card and after about 200-300 images, the card suddenly went to CHA error message and I am unable to access the images on the camrea or any computer. I tried using the Rescue Software, but nothing recognizes the card.

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  • chellimyster Jun 18, 2008

    Hi! The camera I was using was a Nikon D200. There is only 1 card that has this issue out of about 12 compact flash cards. I cannot get my computer to acknowledge that the card is even in the drive/reader. The camera also will not access the card. No menu options, will not take a picture, will not allow me to review the images already processed on the card. I spoke with SanDisk and Image Rescue Pros today and am told I have to send it into the Image Rescue team to see if they can recover the images. Thank you for responding! I was hoping for an alternative over sending it away!

    Chell

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What was the make/model of the camera you were using? First try this check the cards noting if they are in the “locked” position correct this by a sliding switch, switch them to unlock, and try that.
Thanks,
Lee

Posted on Jun 17, 2008

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    Lee A. Jun 18, 2008

    Yea I know what you mean. Alot of people that have problems are wishing for alternate solutions but sometimes the only answer is sending it in or having it serviced.
    Thanks again and if you ever need help again don't hesitate to Ask me.
    Thanks,
    Lee


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