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Camera read CF card, but cannot see on USB or other media

I have a 1GB Lexar Compact Flash card used with a Nikon D70. The card was formatted by the camera, and I have used it for a year. I can review the pictures fine on the camera. But when I plug the card into a card reader (I've tried 5 different ones) I get an error message that the card needs to be formatted. What caused this problem, and is there any way to recover the pictures I have on the card. I formated my lexar sd card with a canon power shot sx1000 by accident, now i can recuperated images (tried 3 times) is there anything i can do or did i lost my images for ever? plese help

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Hey jenmar63,
There are multiple photo recovery programs out there that usually do a fairly good job of recovering images off of memory cards. I would search the internet for photo recovery programs and you should get multiple results with some being free and some at a charge. I would try the free ones first since just because one program doesn't work doesn't mean another program won't. I hope this helps!

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