Broken/Unreadable SD Card Help & Suggestions

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by UltimaMC, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. UltimaMC macrumors member

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    Hi Everyone! I really hope some folks around here can help out my friend with a memory card problem.

    My friend got in touch with me because her SD card was stuck in her camera. After bringing the camera to a local shop the clerk was able to retrieve the card, however both the camera and SD card have been damaged. I haven't seen either the camera or the card but according to her some of the plastic on the card is broken and I have no clue the condition of the camera.

    Now to the issue at hand. After this whole ordeal she is unable to retrieve the pictures from the SD card and I would like to know if anyone here has run into a simliar problem and can recommend a solution. Apparently the folks at the camera shop have tried inserting the card into a few USB card readers (though I suggest trying the one on my iMac too) but nothing is working for her. Does anyone have advice her for? Is there a software solution you've used in the past to recover pictures from an SD card?

    Thanks for any help you can provide!
     
  2. turton macrumors newbie

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    SD memory card unreadable

    I had a similar problem with my SD memory card. It could no longer be read in the camera or a card reader and I had over 7000 photos on it!
    I googled it and found the control chip was likely to have become faulty. I was rescued by ringing this incredible company called Recoverfab. I can't fault their service at all. I was contacted really promptly after completing their online query form, then it was just a question of sending the memory card by post and waiting. I didn't wait long, getting an update within 3 days to say they had received the card, and then after another few days the best news- all photos recovered and now saved onto several DVDs and ready to be dispatched back to me. All I can say is thank goodness for specialist companies and customer device like this, and I give 10 gold stars to Leopold Hiersche who personally runs Recoverfab (www.recoverfab.com).
     
  3. I'm a ROb macrumors member

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    If the card is physcally broken, than complicates things and your're only chance might indeed be to go to a specialized recovery service.

    If she inserts the card into a reader, does the card mount and pop up in the finder (or disk util). I had succes once with recovery software but for that to work, the disk should mount and show up in the finder.

    I would expect people at a camera shop to be a little more careful with these things or at least backup the photos before they start forcing things out.

    Good luck!
     
  4. Prodo123 macrumors 68020

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    Other than a professional data recovery service, which can cost upwards of $2000 per service, I'm afraid there is no way to recover the photos. :(
     

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