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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:54 pm 
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My 32 GB Kingston Elite Pro died on me, more or less, the other day.

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(This is what it looks like if it helps anybody with anything)

One moment everything was fine and dandy, the next moment an error occurred and my camera told me that I had to format the card to use it with the camera and I thought something along the lines of "oh snap!". I wasn't too alarmed, though, as I have a good recovery program (FileRescue Pro). Now, the program tells me that it cannot salvage anything, because the boot index or boot information or something of the like has been lost.

So, I need help to get it back. I am very much a novice in the technical computer lingo and I am not very good at toying with recovery when it get this technical - things tend to go more wrong than right when I try. Is there any software out there, that can help me with my problem or do I have to try and send it in to a "professional data recover person", if that is what they are called?

All helping replies are greatly appreciated.

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First off, a CF card should not have a boot record, unless you use it to start your computer and run windows.

It's probably a filesystem error (MFT file corruption). If you want to try recovery programs, look for the FAT version (not NTFS).

Getdataback for FAT would be something to try, as well as the free smart recovery 4.

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Most storage disks have a Master Boot Record. CF cards are logically identical to PATA hard disks.

If only the MBR has gone it should still be possible to recover the data providing the rest of the card itself is still readable. However I'm not aware of what software could be used. I know that the Sandisk Extreme III or higher CF cards comes with a recovery CD, but that doesn't help if you don't have one...

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@Citruspers:
Trying the GetDataBack for FAT now. Looks like it's finding files. Only 8 hours till completion... I need a new card reader.

@popo:
I have now more understanding of MBR, thanks!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:26 am 
Hi esbenlp,

from a similar experience - and I don't know if it applies here - I have learned never to CUT-and-paste but only ever COPY -and-paste from cards I use.

In my case, the so-called write-ahead process failed and during transfer, it lost track of where it was and the corrputed data was unreadable.

This led to a loss of about 600 shots I had taken that same day at my oldest sons high-school graduation (for you: "gymnasie graduering"..lol) and the after-party. (can still get almost teary-eyed at the thought..grr!).

I hope you can recover your shots! I tried with the same software..nada..but then my PC wouldn't even recognize the card as a legitimate medium at all. Same with the camera.

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I really feel with you, LahLahSr. I have always used the EOS Utility software that I got with my camera to handle the download of my photos. I never use my card reader as it's too slow. I think that is the reason that this GetDataBack WORKS!!! I am currently copying all my lost photos over to another drive. I don't think I will use the card again, as I am afraid this will happen again.

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