memory card problems

To: "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: memory card problems
From: Koren Mitchell <>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2004 17:03:53 +0800
I had a similar problem recently, where a CF card from my digital camera had a data error. I was able to recover most of the photos using software that I downloaded from the web.

Because memory cards work in a similar way to hard drives in the way they store data, data can be recovered from them in a similar way to recovering deleted or corrupt files from a hard drive using something like Nortons. There are various programs, free and not, that have been written specifically to recover data from memory card.

Unfortunately, I downloaded a couple of different programs and can't remember which one I actually used to recover my photos. The ones that I have installed on my computer are:
PC Inspector Smart Recovery, from
GetDataBack, from
so I'm pretty sure it was one of these.

Hopefully, nothing that you or the photo lab has done has made any modifications to the card that will prevent data recovery. Give these programs a try. As long as you don't write anything to the card, nothing that you try will risk losing whatever is on there.

Good luck,

Koren Mitchell
Hong Kong

At 17:55 21/08/2004 +0930, Peter Waanders wrote:
Hi all

A while ago I traded in my camera gear for a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10. It's
a 4 megapixel, with a 12x optical zoom (equivalent to 420mm) and image
stabiliser. It's a great camera and fantastic for bird photography - but on
a recent birding trip to N Qld (more about that later) one of the memory
cards I was using returned an error.
I am looking for assistance from anyone who might know how to recover the
data. In particular, I remember a message sent to birding-aus (or maybe
ozbirdpix) by someone earlier this year. This person sent an account of an
overseas trip and mentioned his memory card played up and had to be sent to
the US (I think) where they eventually got retrieved his data.
I have searched the birding-aus archives but couldn't find this message, but
I am hoping someone remembers this message, so I can get in touch with this
person. Or maybe there is someone else who knows about data recovery from
memory cards. I would really like the
photos on the card back as the majority of them were taken during a trip
with Chris Dahlberg on the Daintree river, a fantastic trip in itself, and I
got some great shots of a whole range of birds including Papuan Frogmouth
and some real close-ups of Nankeen Night-heron in brilliant early morning
What happened to my card (it's a 256 MB SanDisk) was that after taking about
110 photos the camera simply said "card error". I then put it into my
digital video camera which could still read it and show the pictures, but
after a few days gave up on it, too. I took it to a photo lab in Cairns
where they tried to "do a recovery on it" as the lady called it, but without
any luck.
Any assistance from anyone would be immensely appreciated.


Peter Waanders
Waikerie, South Australia

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