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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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Formatting won't make it any easier for any recovery program to find the photos, so I definitely wouldn't do it, but leave the card as it is until you've successfully recovered them. In my opinion, the best program to use is called PhotoRec and you can find it here. It's free, released under the GNU licence. (Be sure to save any photos you recover to your computer... not to the card itself.) If that fails, then move on to try paid programs if you wish.

After you've recovered all the photos that you're going to get, only THEN would I format the card (in the camera please) in order to re-use it.

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  • JoviGoo Mar 23, 2011

    I just downloaded PhotoRec, the program you recommended, and my memory card still is not recognized with this program either... :( Is there any way at all to get my memory card to be recognized by my computer?

  • Andy Mar 23, 2011

    Sorry PhotoRec didn't work for you; the only thing I can suggest after that is to pick a program that specifically says that it can read data at the block level even if Windows hasn't assigned the drive a drive letter. There's one athttp://www.datarescue.com/photorescue/ for example, and it has a free trial - hopefully the trial will be able to show you if it can find any of your photos before you pay money. I admit I haven't tried that program because I've always succeeded with PhotoRec.

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