SanDisk CompactFlash not formatted

Hewlett-packard / Compaq d530
April 15, 2009 at 13:41:41
Specs: Windows XP
I have a SanDisk CompactFlash 128 MB disk that I've been using for several years. I've never had a problem with it. I just tried it today and it says "The disk is not formatted." Why is it doing this now when it's been working for years? Will I lose my pix if I format it? How can I get it to work and save my pix?

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April 15, 2009 at 14:25:54
Unfortunately memory cards do go bad over time. There are programs out there that can sometimes recover the data on the cards but it's it or miss. DO NOT format the card, you will run a greater risk of the data not being recoverable. Do a Google search for memory card recovery programs and you will find lots of programs that can help you out, many are free.

If/when you do recover the data, throw the card away after that, it's lifespan has ended. You may be able to use it again for a while but why run the risk.

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April 16, 2009 at 11:29:32
I believe SanDisk does have recovery software available. I suggest contacting their customer service to see you if you can still your photos of your card.

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