Canon HF200 - Flash Card Failure - Help

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by mikeyman13, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. mikeyman13 macrumors newbie

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    I was hoping to never start a thread with this question.

    "I believe my flash card has failed and I am not sure what to do. Any guidance before re-initializing?"

    I took about 45 min of footage of my six-month-old and when I turned on my camera to import the video into iMovie '09 I got a message on the camera that said "Check the memory card!" I have tried everything I know how to do, but I am not getting any results. Even when I use the USB reader, nothing is appearing on my desktop.

    When I was looking at which SDHC card to buy, the thing I often noticed bringing down the ratings were the few individuals who rated the card with 1 start due to its failure. I never thought it would happen to me.

    Any thoughts on how to recover this information would be much appreciated. I am very much new at all of this, so feel free to state the obvious if I am not doing something correctly.

    - Mike
     
  2. jampat macrumors 6502a

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    You could try the card in a different card reader and see if that can read it (but chances are slim). If you really care about the footage, a data recovery company such as CBL data recovery can likely recover the footage, but it will cost you (the last hard drive recovery cost me ~$2000).

    In any case, never use the card again, buy another one. If the card is newish, warranty may give you a new one. If it has failed once, it will fail again (and maybe lose something even more important next time).
     
  3. mikeyman13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I won't be using it again. It is going into a digital picture frame - what a shame. I just found it puzzling how there was no icon appearing on the desktop after I tried putting in the USB card reader. Do I have to actually "navigate" my way to the chip (let's say I wanted to initialize it on my iMac) or is my iMac supposed to automatically recognize it?
     
  4. spice weasel macrumors 65816

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    Your Mac should automatically recognize it and mount it to the desktop. The fact that it doesn't is a bad sign. Some card readers can be iffy and give you problems, but the fact that you tried importing your video directly from your camera as well as from a card reader means - as you suspect - that your card is toast.
     

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