SD card not accessible - “The specified path does not exis

July 30, 2012 at 14:45:47
Specs: Windows 7
Hello all

I hope you can help. I am just back from a trip and was about to download my photos from my SD card (8GB). I used a memory card reader and at first I could open up the card and I was about to attach pictures to an email. I noticed attaching a photo took too long therefore I did try to attach the photo again. Something must have gone wrong in the meanwhile, when I tried to attach the pic again the device could not be recognised at all. When I try to open the memory card through "My computer" under the Removable disk I can only read USBC0[ and the file size (3,948,544KB) but when I click on it and want to open it a window pops up and says “The specified path does not exist. Check the path, and then try again” I did try to use the card reader in another USB slot and even tried the memory card back in the camera, no joy! Even now the camera does not recognise the card, it says "No images".

Not sure what happened, I have tried to use Recuva, it's done a deep scan and recognised 388 images, but they can't be recovered as "the volume for a file has been externally altered so that the opened file is no longer valid".

Please help, I am just back from my birthday trip in Iceland, I'd be devastated if I had lost all my photos!

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July 30, 2012 at 15:05:21
It might be important to add that as I have only two USB ports I am using an extension - I did plug the memory card reader in the USB extension. I think it did not connect well, was a bit wobbly, so the card reader connected and disconnected. I have read it somewhere that not removing the card safely might have caused similar problems.. Unintentially it might have been the case with my wobbly memory card reader if it makes sense.

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September 16, 2012 at 06:00:31
hmmm, I had unfortunately a similar experience. In my case, it happened during a trip in South Africa, I was usiing a 32 GB SDHC 95 MB/s card. While happily shooting, the card stopped suddenly to work. No possibility to read the data...I tried the obvious things (switchh off and on, tried with a different camera body, etc)... no luck!, in a few words, the card was not accessible anylonger. (It was of course the second last day of the holiday, and I must have had 30 GB of photos in it...and no back-up...but this is another story…). I still hoped to be able to read or recover the data once back home, using the PC. But, nothng worked, including several data recovery programmes available to get back data from corrupted or deleted memory cards. Searching in the web, I found similar cases and I got convinced that it was a hardware failure. The controller chip on the card was faulty and there was no way that any drive (or any software) could read my data any longer. But there was hope! a faulty controller chip does not mean that the data actually stored in the memory are lost... they may in fact still be there and intact.. the only problem is to go and get them! There seem to be only a few firms capable and willing to do that. For instance, I called up the largest photographic store in my city, and they did not give me any hope once I described the failure. Again, the web came too my help. I found out that a firm in Germany (Dresden), had sorted out the problem for many people in my same situation. The firm is and their website explains very well how they do it. It also provides full information on the conditions, and prices (which depend very much on the size of the memory card). Best thing, they do the diagnosis free of charge and, if the data recovery is not successful, you do not pay anything. It is not cheap, but not expensive either once I realzed the amount of work involved. I sent therefore my card to recoverfab .. and after a couple of days, I had the first good news.. there was a very good chance that the data could be recovered. In fact, after a few more days, the sample thumbnails were posted for me to look at. I was very relieved... I paid the well deserved fee, and all my data were made available on a server for me to download... not a single photo (1659!!), or video, was lost.... they were all there, including the EXIF data (which are for me very useful)... In summary, do not give up hope... I assume that the there could be other firms providing similar services. I used recoverfab and I can reccomend it with full confidence.

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September 16, 2012 at 06:15:04
Thanks for this! I am glad you have managed to retrieve your pictures at the end. I have tried my faulty memory card at various places: Boots, Snappy Snaps, in a Mac in a PC in another laptop, nothing worked. I have emailed various data recovery companies for quotes, most of them charge for £100 upwards (100-160) for the data recovery of an 8GB SD card.

I also contacted Sandisk, their help centre is the most unhelpful ever - they suggested that I should contact company of my camera for a filmware update. Uhum, yes, it's defo going to solve the problem with my faulty card! Not!

As I find it rather difficult to find over a hundred quid for a data recovery service, I have put the issue on hold.. By the look of it there is no other way, but paying for a lab to retrieve the pictures!

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September 24, 2012 at 20:12:51
Long Path Tool helped me in this situation.

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November 24, 2012 at 11:22:47
hey i just ran into the same problem with my 8g sdcard. but i have many differant operating systems i use. i will try recovery with backtrack 5, this OS is not for noobs at all. but i will reply to my msg soon if i get my data back with an open source operating system. it is built for pentesters wich means it has every single hacking tool available to do any kind of hack in the sure i can hack into my card and if i am succesfull il post how to do it yourself for FREE!.

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