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HELP. SD Card cannot be opened

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One of the SD cards is packed full, but it cannot be opened for some reason. When placing it into the card reader, I get prompted to format the card.

What is a reliable tool to check/repair the card?
I tried placing the card into my M9 to check out the images, but it tells me "no card".
When I place the card into my M8, it says "card is full".
When I then try to look at the images, it does not let me.


Another attempt with the card reader: The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted.

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Has anyone here ever recovered images from a corrupt SD card?
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I'm sorry you are having such a problem with it, it's something we all dread.


Have you tried putting it back in the M8 and using the lead to connect it with the computer and so on? I assume you can but don't know the M8.


The other suggestion, seriously, is try again tomorrow. That sometimes works and you wonder what all the worry was about.


Anyway, I'll keep my fingers crossed for a bit of extra luck for you.


Sorry I can't suggest more.


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Thank you, David
I tried putting the SD card in the M8 and in the M9. It did not help. The card is full with images, but it cannot be opened. They have online many downloadable software for such issues, but which ones can you trust?
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PC. Is it easier then?
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I have tried wiping the card contacts with alcohol. No changes seen.
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Hi Raid,

I have used PhotoRescue in the past - with one card it restored everything, with another there was clearly a serious error on the card, with the loss of the file system - no files could be recovered.

It's cheap and worth a try.

By the way, Thom Hogan swears that you should never use a card up to the point where it is full, because that increases the risk of card failures (owing I suppose to a lack of overhead space on the card).

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Hi Raid,

I've successfully used Rescue Pro Deluxe to recover images from a Compact Flash card. This was for a SanDisk card. This is obviously not the same type of card as you have (you said it's an SD card) and ~possibly~ not the same brand as the card you used.

Have you tried contacting the manufacturer of the card you used to see what they suggest for file recovery?

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No, just potentially different tools.

First thing to probably do is flip the write protect switch on the card. That way nothing should write to the disk, that will help protect your files. After that you would need to run something like

https://www.z-a-recovery.com/tutoria...-recovery.aspx

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https://www.isobuster.com/memory-car...y-software.php

https://www.easeus.com/datarecoveryw...y-software.htm

I think ZAR is free for photo recovery, the second is a paid app and I think the third allows for a couple of gig for free and then is paid after that.

You could also try software to repair (not format) the partition on the card. If you use that you can't have the drive write protected. Even if it gets formatted there is software that should be able to recover most of your files but that is more difficult than just fixing the partition itself.

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Interesting; I wonder about putting it in the M8, which seems to read/see it OK, and then deleteing a picture to give it the space.


Please don't blame me though...


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Thanks for all the great tips!
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https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

It is used in forensics, so ...
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I've used PC Inspector Smart Recovery from time to time, it used to work OK for me in such cases. Freeware :

https://pc-inspector-smart-recovery.en.softonic.com/

I agree that you should never fill a card in full especially if it's a large capacity card : sometimes the system then cannot manage the data any longer and keeps asking you to format the media. Any data storage media should have at least 10% of its capacity always remained free. What size is that card, Raid ?

Could very well be that the camera buffer tried to save the last photo data on the card while there wasn't enough space remaining on the card, so not only is the card full, but it may also contain a corrupt/incomplete file which locks it up.
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It is a 16GB card.
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Stellar Phoenix worked for me on a card that Sandisk Rescue Pro and several other programs could not recover.

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No, just potentially different tools.

First thing to probably do is flip the write protect switch on the card. That way nothing should write to the disk, that will help protect your files. After that you would need to run something like

https://www.z-a-recovery.com/tutoria...-recovery.aspx

or

https://www.isobuster.com/memory-car...y-software.php

https://www.easeus.com/datarecoveryw...y-software.htm

I think ZAR is free for photo recovery, the second is a paid app and I think the third allows for a couple of gig for free and then is paid after that.

You could also try software to repair (not format) the partition on the card. If you use that you can't have the drive write protected. Even if it gets formatted there is software that should be able to recover most of your files but that is more difficult than just fixing the partition itself.

Good luck,

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What should I do if I am prompted to format the drive before I can use the card repair software? Format it or not?
I am now running ZAR. Hopefully, it works well.
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Do not format the drive. Don't know what Windows options are but basically don't have windows do anything. That it is prompting is good, that means the drive itself is probably working. Just that the partition table is likely corrupted.

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I ran ZAR. Now what? I still cannot open the drive. Am I supposed to do anything specific when using ZAR?
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ZAR isn't about fixing the drive, it should have prompted you where you wanted it to copy the recovered photos to a folder on your hard drive. Follow the directions on that page.

Recovery software doesn't typically write to the SD card to avoid making things worse and/or overwriting any files. Partition repair software would be needed to try and fix the drive without loosing files. But if you recover all the files using another program you can then just format the drive and start from scratch with it.

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Thank you Shawn. I will try again.
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I am now trying this software. Eventually, one should work well for my case.
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Perhaps try downloading a bootable Linux ISO onto a CD or DVD then using that as the OS to look for your files. I recovered almost a terabyte of images from an external mechanical drive without a hitch. I just used a simple utility that was packed with the OS. That was after a few days of stressing what happened to the images.
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Thanks, Phil. I need first to understand how/where to download a bootable Linux ISO. I will tomorrow ask some friend at ITS to help me with it all.
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Raid, if PC Inspector Smart Recovery (my above post) doesn't work you can try PC Inspector File Recovery from the same software maker which rather deals with system errors (damaged card controller) than just corrupt or damaged files errors :

http://www.pcinspector.de/default.htm?language=1

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When I place the card into my M8, it says "card is full".
This is encouraging because the M8 recognizes the card and its content. So, put the card in the M8 and connect the M8 to the PC with the USB wire. Then display the card volume on your PC screen and just use Windows to launch a volume scan and a defragmentation of the card with the card still in the M8 and the M8 switched on in reading mode. The card is full so the defrag won't do wonders but it may at least delete nasty corrupt bytes.

Once done, switch the M8 off, take the card off it and put it in your PC card reader unit.

Once the card slotted in your PC card reader unit, have PC Inspector File Recovery recover the card content. Then you may see a huge number of files with a .CHK extension name coming up.

If it happens, save a few of those files on your HD and try to manually change one or two of these *.CHK files names into *.JPG files by just basically renaming the files, and see what happens. You may end up with your images opening normally then... So saving all those *.CHK files and renaming them as *.JPG files could make your day.

If everything fails there is a company in Germany which has specialized into this and which you can send your SD card to, their frontpage explains quite well what's mostly wrong and what they will do :

http://recoverfab.com/

Not cheap, but it all depends on how valuable your photos are for you.

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Thank you very much for your detailed instructions!

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Sorry to read this Raid, hope you manage it in one way or the other. I'm not expert enough to suggest you anything special but you already have navy suggestions.
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Are files in DNG or JPEG format?

Can you see the file names when connecting your camera to PC?

What software on your computer are you using?

Could your SD card capacity be too large for your reader.

Have another system you could try using to dump the files from the card?

Hope you get the card working. Don’t give up.
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All image files are DNG.
I do not have the connecting chord for Leica to computer.
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I tried using maybe 7 software types until "out of the blue" the SD card turned into a DCIM 100LEICA card with access to all images.
Thanks to everybody for the tips and the encouragements.
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It's wonderful to hear about your success getting your images out of the card! Yay!
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Treat your memory card like your credit card.

You never want to max either one out.
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That's good news. We can all sleep at night now...

Just read your previous post about not having the USB cord. I don't know what the situation in your country is but a lot of shops accumulate them by the ton and will give them away if asked nicely.


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A great news ! No need to drive back to take other photos LOL
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It worked out well, and that card included some nice looking images that would have been lost. The key to opening the locked card may have been the repeated scans by more than one software. Some corrupted images may have been deleted that way.
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That's good news. We can all sleep at night now...

Just read your previous post about not having the USB cord. I don't know what the situation in your country is but a lot of shops accumulate them by the ton and will give them away if asked nicely.


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Isn't it a special Leica cord?
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The card had images from the M9 with the 35mm Lux. I mostly used the M8 with the Hologon or the phone. I like images with the Lux. The lens is a very good lens, Robert.
Still, I always took extra shots with the phone or with the M8. When it was dark, I set aside the Hologon with its f 16 fixed aperture (with the filter).
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I'd like to answer that but have broken a finger nail trying to open the cover on the M9 and look at the socket. My guess is that it's a normal USB socket but you never know.


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