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I have a 1 GB Olympus xD Picture Card that I am having problems with... Just a bit of background, but I've had this memory card for about 4 years with no problems... A few weeks ago, I had put my memory card into the slot in my Windows Vista computer, and it was working fine. Then that same night a little bit after that, I put it into the slot in my XP computer. That was when my card got messed up... It looked like the pictures got corrupted or something(there were little red X's in place of what the pictures should have looked like). And so I had taken the camera card out of my XP computer. And now when I put the memory card into my camera(Olympus Stylus 730), it asks if I want to format the camera or turn the camera off. Also, when I put the memory card into my computer, it is not at all recognized and nothing happens. I have seen some photo recovery programs that one can download to their computer that say they can get photos back if the memory card has been formatted. Should I try formatting my memory card?? I am kind of wary about doing it because I've been told that formatting a memory card or disc loses everything... Are there any good photo recovery programs you know of that I could try on my computer? I already have a trial of CardRecovery. I've also gotten in touch with Olympus through their website, and they had said they don't have a photo recovery program for memory cards... Do you have tips or info or anything at all that I could do to try and get my photos back??? Should I just send it to a professional company?? Though I know something like that would likely cost a lot of money... I really don't want all the pictures/videos on my memory card to be lost forever....

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  • JoviGoo Mar 23, 2011

    Remaker, I tried RECUVA, and when I go to search on the F drive, where my memory card is located, it says "the parameter is incorrect"...? What does this mean?? Just to see if the program would work, I tried searching for files with the thumb drive I have inserted, and RECUVA found files from there... Is there a way that you know of to fix the problem of "the parameter is incorrect" when I try to search for files on my memory card??


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You can recover deleted pictures with steps below

1. Do not save any new file to memory card.
2. Connect your card to computer. You should see memory card shown as a drive letter (like H:) in My Computer.
3. Download a picture recovery software, recommended one is asoftech photo recovery (simply because i was using it and it worked)
4. Install and open the photo recovery program, select your memory drive, and click 'Start' button to start scanning process which will find your deleted photos.

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First of all, DO NOT take any more photos with the memory card.
Take the card out of your camera and connect the card to your computer via a card reader.
Next, download a photo recovery utility that will recover your pictures with this software:
Photo Recovery for Windows
Photo Recovery for Mac
Remember - Do NOT write anything back to your memory card until you can recover the files safely!

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You can also use Card Data Recovery to help you get all photos back. Try Card Data Recovery. It is professional photo recovery software to recover deleted, lost, corrupted or formattedphotos, videos, and auido files from various memory cards, such as,SD card, CFcard, memory card, memory sticks, USB devices, digital cameras, hard drives,and zip drives.

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Don't format the memory card, that will definitely lose everything. Try RECUVA from - load it up on your PC and follow the steps. It is free, but they try to sell you a service to walk through the process.
First, try Recuva and see how it works.
Always back up your memory cards. Sometimes they just go bad.

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    Phil Mar 23, 2011

    "The Parameter is Incorrect" usually means that the partition table is damaged. You will need a program that does block-by-block recovery and I don't think there are any free ones.

    Try the free trial or partition recovery or flash recovery.

    It is possible that if the flash card itself is damaged that there is nothing you can do. You can try using a professional recovery service, but that can get very expensive.

  • JoviGoo Mar 24, 2011

    I'm sorry, what do you mean by "partition table" and "partition recovery"? I'm not familiar with those terms...

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    Phil Mar 24, 2011

    A partition table is the index of everything on the drive. If that is damaged, you either need the stronger tools at or professional intervention. The card may also be damaged beyond repair.

  • JoviGoo Mar 24, 2011

    When you say "drive", you don't mean like the actual memory card that I take out of my computer, do you? It's only the letter that you mean, like the "C drive", "D drive", or "F drive" that's already on the computer, right?

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    Phil Mar 24, 2011

    Sorry about the confusion. I've been working with this stuff too long and I make assumptions. Yes, by "drive" I mean the xD picture card. The computer treats any data storage device as a "drive," logically.

    To be more precise, I might better call the flash card a "mass storage device."

    Your computer has a "mass storage device" called a disk drive. That mass storage device may be divided into "partitions" which appear as logical "drive letters" on your PC (C, D, F). A lot of the time these days, a mass storage device will just be single partition, which appears as a single drive letter on the PC.

    Almost invariably, a USB bass storage device is a single partition, and a single drive letter. In your case, the data describing the structure of the disk and location of the files is not readable (which is causing the "parameter is incorrect" error.)

    There are two possibilities:

    - The USB Mass storage device (xD card) is physically or electrically damaged, in ehich case you have almost no hope of recovery.

    - The data is still readable, but the index (partition table, directory) had bad or missing data.

    In the latter case, software recovery tools like diskintenals might be able to search the drive and find the information. In the former case, the only option is to send the damaged card to a specialist who can charge hundreds of dollars to disassemble the card and try to extract data from it.

    Hope that helps.

  • JoviGoo Mar 24, 2011

    Thanks so much for the clarification! So on that DiskInternals website, then, the "Flash Recovery" program would try and fix the memory card I have, and the "Partition Recovery" program would try and fix the drive where I have the card inserted(mine is on F)? And also...on your "latter case" scenario, that is assuming that my drive(C, D, F) has gone bad or something is wrong with it or something??

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    Phil Mar 24, 2011

    The "drive" (F) is the same thing as the "flash card" - the card itself is the 'low-level" substance (the mass storage device) that holds the logical information (partition) that describes the files that form the drive letter "F". I assume that Flash Recovery works at the lowest level, and probably include partition recovery. I have not actually used the diskinternals tools.

    Another promising looking too is this one.

    But the worst case is: If the read operations on the flash card fail because the flash card itself has failed, no software will help you.


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