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    gossyboy
    gossyboy  6460 forum posts United Kingdom
    12 Feb 2009 - 7:59 PM

    This one is a bit desperate.
    Just took loads of photos of my week old Granddaughter with my Olympus E500.

    Then all of a sudden I get a CARD ERROR message on the camera screen!
    I can't view or access the photos on either the camera or the pc!!

    Is there anything I can do to retrieve them or are they gone forever??

    Anyone???

    Gossyboy........................

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    agoreira
    agoreira  106001 forum posts Wales
    12 Feb 2009 - 8:05 PM

    Plenty of image recovery programmes out there, some free, some you have to pay for. I've paid for this and and used it successfully. Some you can download, it'll find your photos, but you have to pay to save them.

    Last Modified By agoreira at 12 Feb 2009 - 8:07 PM
    RogBrown
    RogBrown  73001 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Feb 2009 - 8:08 PM

    I used PC Inspector Smart Recovery some time ago. It's free & it recovered stuff that had been overwritten stacks of times.

    gossyboy
    gossyboy  6460 forum posts United Kingdom
    12 Feb 2009 - 8:12 PM

    Wow thanks abwhitt, didn't know such a thing existed.
    Just searched in yahoo and got CardRecovery which is running now and seems to be getting them all off!!

    Thanks a lot for your help youv'e saved the day!!
    Gossy..........

    gossyboy
    gossyboy  6460 forum posts United Kingdom
    12 Feb 2009 - 8:22 PM


    Quote: Wow thanks abwhitt, didn't know such a thing existed.
    Just searched in yahoo and got CardRecovery which is running now and seems to be getting them all off!!

    Thanks a lot for your help youv'e saved the day!!
    Gossy..........

    No that didnt work was only evaluation copy...........I'll try to find another though........

    Stuart463
    Stuart463 e2 Member 6560 forum postsStuart463 vcard United Kingdom
    12 Feb 2009 - 8:37 PM

    Image Rescue 3 from Lexar works well - Free with some Lexar Cards - don't know if it is freely available.

    Regards, Stuart

    grahamnsealey
    12 Feb 2009 - 8:52 PM


    Quote: Quote:Wow thanks abwhitt, didn't know such a thing existed.
    Just searched in yahoo and got CardRecovery which is running now and seems to be getting them all off!!

    Thanks a lot for your help youv'e saved the day!!
    Gossy..........No that didnt work was only evaluation copy...........I'll try to find another though........

    hello gossyboy, try these links ,I dont know if they work.
    linklink

    Last Modified By grahamnsealey at 12 Feb 2009 - 8:54 PM
    peterkin
    peterkin  10619 forum posts England
    12 Feb 2009 - 9:27 PM

    I've successfully used ZAR 8.3 in the past. It's a free download and there are no restrictions when using it to recover photos.

    Peter

    gossyboy
    gossyboy  6460 forum posts United Kingdom
    12 Feb 2009 - 10:05 PM

    Only thing that seems to work so far is the CardRecovery prog but to get the lost data you have to pay for the full prog which is 30!!
    I just can't cover that right now...............

    Trying Zar now peter but it doesnt seem to be doing muc, just a load of dots on a volume analysis thingy............and its taking an age!

    Oh well back to the search.............

    Last Modified By gossyboy at 12 Feb 2009 - 10:05 PM
    barrovian
    barrovian e2 Member 10160 forum postsbarrovian vcard United Kingdom
    12 Feb 2009 - 10:12 PM

    Try recuva - it's free and has worked successfully for me.



    Peter

    agoreira
    agoreira  106001 forum posts Wales
    12 Feb 2009 - 10:16 PM


    Quote: Only thing that seems to work so far is the CardRecovery prog but to get the lost data you have to pay for the full prog which is 30!!
    I just can't cover that right now...............



    That's the only reason I ended up buying it, none of the free programmes would do the job! I bought it some time ago, and I think it was about 20 odd then. It depends on how much you value your photos, if you can't find anything else to do the job for free, you might have to cough up! Funnily enough, I had to use it again only last week, worked perfectly. I only ever use SanDisk now which comes with it's own recovery disc but have never tried it.

    Last Modified By agoreira at 12 Feb 2009 - 10:19 PM
    peterkin
    peterkin  10619 forum posts England
    12 Feb 2009 - 11:07 PM

    I seem to remember that ZAR did take a while but it did eventually recover all my lost photos from a defective card. Like abwitt I now use the SanDisk recovery program which I got free when I bought one of their 1Gb memory cards (cost about 10), and it works quite well. Whatever you do don't format the card or try to save any photos to it - but I'm sure you know that. The E500 has two card slots and takes an xD and a CF card. It's a long shot but if all else fails you might try to copy the contents of the defective card to the other one in-camera.

    I do hope you manage to get your photos back.

    Peter

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