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I tried to copy my pictures. but win10 could not read my card and the camera says the card is unusable and needs to be reformatted. Is there a way to recover the photos ?

Camera is a Sony a6000 which was working fine. The SDHC card is a 32gb Lexar Professional 1000x I viewed the pictures after each day and they were fine. Thanks [email protected]

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There are software available for image recovery from SD and SDHC cards. One good one was produced for free by San Disk. It was called Rescue Pro. Others are available too, here is an example, there are others.

Posted on May 19, 2019


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does the card work in any other device?

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unlock your card. you'll get that message when the SD card is locked.  Lock the card only to prevent deleting photos from it. good luck!

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SOURCE: Tried to unlock Lexar SD 2GB and Lexar SDHC 4 GB - No luck

First of all, the 4GB card will never be able to work in your camera. Check on its face. It likely says SDHC, and SDHC cards as this format came out after your camera was designed (I know it looks exactly like a normal SD card, but it's not).

Now the 2GB card should work with your camera as it is a standard SD card. Remove the card from your camera. Look on the side of the card for the tiny slide switch, and slide it to the other "unlocked" position. Reinsert it in the camera, and see if that corrects the problem.

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SOURCE: Hi: I have a SDHC 16GB card using by the Lumix

At any time did you insert the card into your computer to "have a look" and then remove the card without using the "safely remove hardware" function? You may now need to download the pics from your card to the computer, then format the card in the camera to get it to work properly again.

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it should be photo carving issue. you can find more info from

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Your best bet is to copy the files to your computer, then reformat the card in the camera and treat it as a fresh one, only re-naming files once you have copied them to the computer. You will not be able to copy the files back to the card so they can be read by the camera no matter what you do.
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This sounds like your card has some type of error that is causing the images not to be seen. My suggestion is that you go to your local chain pharmacy (such as Walgreens, CVS, Duane Reade) and put your memory card into their photo kiosk machine to read the pictures. Hopefully their machine will be able to read the memory card and then you can have them copy your pictures to a CD/DVD. After this is done then you would be able to reformat the card and clear the error. If the card still does not read or work then it seems you will need to look into a service that does data recovery.

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I would first try reading the card by inserting it in a PC connected card reader to see if it will recognize the card. If you can read the card via the PC, back off the pictures. Once you back them off, attempt to reformat the card. If you can reformat the card you should be able to use it again in the camera. Insert the card into the camera and check to make sure the card can be recognized and to check the camera does not have a problem reading the card. If it cannot be read, you will have to have the camera serviced. It should still be under some warrantee.
If the card cannot be read by either the PC or the camera, the card has been damaged and needs to be replaced.

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Reformat he frame's internal memory.
1. Click on the "Macintosh HD" icon.
2. Click on "Applications".
3. Click on "Utilities".
4. Click on "Disk Utility".
5. "Kodak" drive should be in the list showing a white drive icon
6. Click that icon and select “Erase”.
7. Select the “MS-DOS file system (FAT16)” option and give it a volume name e.g. "Kodak". The format will begin when you click the “Erase” button below.
8. Try to copy the files to the re-formatted internal memory of the frame.

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THe memory card is either to large for the camera, or needs to be formatted. Put the memory card in a laptop or other card reader and inspect what is on it; save the contents and then reformat the card for the camera by running format.


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Always format memory cards from the camera, never the computer. The camera has an operating system that may not be able to read your computer's system. Try reformatting the card in your camera, See if that works.

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The problem stems from deleting some of the images from the PC. You need to copy all the files onto the PC, and delete all of them from the card on the camera. Then reformat the card on the camera. Then take 1 picture on the camera.

After you have just 1 new photo on the card, try copying the older files back onto the card in the same directory as the 1 new photo. This may work.

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Unfortunately Windows in particular can mess with the contents of the card just by reading it - it creates a thumbnails file on the card without asking etc etc.
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