Card suddenly not being read by computer?

February 8, 2013 at 18:22:59
Specs: Windows 7, 2.0 GHz/ 3 GB
My computer has its own SD card port and I was accessing some RAW files from a Transcend Class 6 16GB SD card opening them on Adobe Bridge. The card was unlocked and I've doubled checked as well.

Suddenly my computer stopped reading it. I was able to access it literally minutes ago with no problem and now my DSLR is also giving me an error message when I try accessing it recommending reformatting it. I didn't remove the card from the computer when this happened. I have been able to access pictures on this card before and it's barely been used in about 4 months.

The driver I don't think is the problem because I have another SD card that my computer and DSLR are both able to read. This is really mysterious, the gold filament on the back of the 16GB card looks to be in ok condition as well. I can't see any physical damage.

I have rebooted my hard-drive, checked for driver errors and tried using software to locate the files but since my computer isn't reading the card naturally it isn't picking anything up. As it happened so suddenly it's very confusing.

Does anyone know what's going on or if there is a way to retrieve the files? They're very important and the card also doesn't belong to me so reformatting is not an option. I haven't tried to because I don't want to make the situation any worse.

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February 8, 2013 at 23:02:16
Connect the card and check it in disk management.

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February 9, 2013 at 01:06:35
As Kuwese is saying, perhaps the computer is picking up the sd card in computer management but because it has a "raw" file system it is not picked up in my computer, hence it asks you to format it. I would try a couple of free data recovery programs if you need the data. If they work great, if you are not able to get the data and have nothing to lose at that point, try reformatting the sd card. That will erase what is on it, but will redo the file system and perhaps work again.

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February 9, 2013 at 03:56:26
Hi Caterina,

suggest you first try reading the card on other pc's.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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