I/O Sandisk Error

August 16, 2009 at 10:13:58
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 1.993 GHz / 503 MB
Model numbers as they read:

Computer: Compaq 6027us
Card Reader: SD/MMC/RS-MMC USB 2.0
Card: Team SDHC 4.0 GB
Camera: Nikon Coolpix S600

Alright, so I've had the camera for a while and it's worked great - but I don't use it a ton. I had about 80 pictures and a several videos on there when I decided to delete one of the videos (it was about 2 min long). When it deleted, the camera came up w/ messages for EVERY photo on there saying the file contained no image. When I turned the camera off and back on, it said the card could not be used.

Plugged it into 2 different computers - both w/ the card reader and through the camera itself and neither computer could read the card. The computer recognizes the card reader so long as I do not have the card plugged in. And once I put the card in and try and open the drive, it gives me the I/O disk error.

I tried the reader w/ a different SD card (Transcend SD 4.0 GB) and it reads perfectly. Given that and that the camera cannot read it, I only suspect the card is faulty.

It is not catastrophic if I lose the photos on the card but I'd much prefer not to. Is there any way I can recover the files off the card or repair the card in some way?

Thanks so much in advance

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August 16, 2009 at 10:30:21
I guess you could try one of the recovery softwares. Below is a list courtesy of aegis 1, I think, I am going to PM him and ask.

PC Inspector (freeware)
Zero assumption Recovery
The demo is limited
It will only recover 'up to' four folders per run
But you can make multiple runs
IMO the best, but not free

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August 16, 2009 at 11:14:17
Do the recovery softwares work if the card itself is corrupt and not just the files on it? Bc that's what seems to be the case.

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August 16, 2009 at 13:11:31
I don't know.

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August 17, 2009 at 06:39:32
Okay, so I tried the PC Inspector software - kinda the issue I worried about.

When I plug in the working SD card, my computer detects it and the PC Inspector finds it as a drive to recover files from.

When I plug in the corrupt card, my computer doesn't detect it and the software doesn't find it in the search. Even when I plug it in and try and access it and get the I/O error, once I do the search the computer still doesn't find it.

So it looks like software recovery programs are out. Any other ways this can be fixed? Or is it completely broken?

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August 17, 2009 at 06:57:31
Did you try it back in the camera?

There is nothing else that I know about.

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August 17, 2009 at 07:31:28
Yeah, I did. The camera gives me an error message something along the lines of "This card cannot be used" and when I plug it into the computer through the camera itself it doesn't read either.

Thanks for your help though. Any chance anyone else is on this site? lol

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