May 31, 2019 at 11:58 am #40222
I just started to take pictures on a new 64 GB card. When I stuck the card into the computer, a bar popped up and said I had to format the disc in drive G, before I could use it. I have already used it and can only see pictures on my camera. What can I do so that I don’t lose any of my pictures?
Thanks 🙂May 31, 2019 at 1:07 pm #40230
Ouch!! I know the feeling very well. 🙁
Thankfully, if your camera can still read the files, all is not lost. If I had access to the disc, I’m reasonably sure I could recover your files within an hour (or two). However… since I don’t have access to the disk, it might be a little tricky to do that.
Is anyone in your immediate vicinity a tech-geek who wants to take on the challenge? 🙂 I’d be happy to give some tips and assistance if need be. Recuva might be an option, but I have no idea if it will be powerful enough for the job. I’ve successfully used TestDisk various times to recover files, so that is what I would probably try: https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
Warning: it’s not easy to use. 🙂
If you don’t know of anyone who can do it, I’ll be happy to help you out, either by remote, or even if you want to mail the card to me to look at. Feel free to send me an email if you need personalized assistance.
Best wishes on your photo recovery!June 1, 2019 at 7:36 am #40297
Hmm. I’ll see what my Dad says. He may know what to do and if that doesn’t work, we have a local computer-geek who should be able to help!! Otherwise, if nothing else works I may have you help!!
Thank you for your offer!!June 1, 2019 at 6:26 pm #40311
Logan LamarParticipantJune 2, 2019 at 6:26 pm #40342
Caitlin ComptonParticipantJune 3, 2019 at 7:00 am #40344June 3, 2019 at 1:05 pm #40352
@hannahm, if that suggestion does work, then I would suggest that you rescue all the photos and make sure they’re not corrupted, then format the SD card in your camera.
Here’s a tip for the future to prevent this from happening again… Whenever you buy a new SD card always format it in your camera before using it for the first time. Cameras (and Windows computers) can be a little finicky about how SD cards are formatted, so you definitely want to start out fresh with a clean format when using it for the first time.
If you still have trouble with Windows recognizing it after that, then consider sending the SD card back for a refund. There are plenty of cheap Chinese counterfeits of SD cards available on eBay and Amazon, and it’s possible that you got a lemon. I always recommend that everyone stick to B&H or Adorama for stuff like that. The price difference isn’t enough to be worth the stress and trouble of lost photos! Of course, there can always be “lemons” even among genuine name-brand electronics too, but Adorama and B&H will be there to help if that’s the case.
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