Hi guys, I was shooting with my OM-D E-M5 the other day at an important family gathering, using a Lexar Professional 16GB SD card class 10. Everything was fine until at some point I got an orange "Card Error" sign flash on my screen. That was right after I snapped a photo, which did not record when I checked. So tried taking another photo, and this time the error message flashed and stayed on the screen and would not go away , just black screen with the orange error sign. ...so switched off the camera and turned it back on and from then on it was the same problem.. The event was like half way through, and I just pretended the battery of my cam died, not wanting to upset anyone. I had brought with me an extra battery as back up, but didn't think of getting an extra sd card. But anyway the important stuff had already passed so another SD card wouldn't have solved all my problem but maybe just made it less tragic.... The card is only being used on this camera. I remember that day I went into the camera's options and erased all files to make room and start fresh . I could have formatted it instead but the card hadn't been anywhere else..now I am not sure if that would have a difference. I only started formatting recently before that I would just erase in camera.. Anyway, the sd card now seems totally corrupted coz I cant access my files on the pc. When I insert it, I get the option to format it (which I haven't done ofcourse). I tried running many data recovery softwares but the all gave zero files! Not sure if turning on and Off the OMD would format anything when it notices an error? Anyway tried a long list including Zero Assumption Recovery, Card Recovery, and RescuePro... Finally I tried PhotoRec which ran for a while before giving me a "Error reading sector" message and stopping...so it's one or more damaged sectors that might be the problem..PhotoRec has another program called TestDisk that might fix or maybe overrun bad sectors or something of the sort (too complicated for my technical understanding) but because it will re-save over the sd card itself I am scared of using it and losing what little hope I have left. Heard Lexar has some form or Data recovery service too, though I am not sure if it covers dead sectors etc..but figured if its their product they might know best what to do?? Some people online went through similar thing and they said they couldnt recover their files and that they could just replace the sd card ...(That's how I heard of the company mentioned below).. Anyway sent Lexar support team an email today, so still waiting to see what they reply.. Now I am trying to see what other options I have. I googled a while and found a company in Germany called Recoverfab that might be able to help. They also work on broken sd cards, basically they dismantle everything and reconnect stuff to override bad sectors or something of the sort ....I can't really trust all the positive reviews they show on their site coz there is a clear conflict of interest there obviously, so was wondering if anyone has ever used their services or if anyone has other better suggestions for me..Didn't find many reviews online..One forum had a thread about it, but the messages left seem very similar to the ones posted on their website so it was just very weird to me.. The other thing is you have to send them ur sd card, they will dismantle it and look for files, if they dont find anything you dont have to pay them, and when they do they will send you a quotation. They have posted an average price list, but you are expected to wait for their email for the final price after they view your card..Which seems like a good idea at first, but then you are stuck with their estimation and you can't really go back. It's like a situation of extortion waiting to happen..I will try to email them later to ask more about that.. This is the first time this has happened to me and now I am scared of shooting with my camera lol! I feel terrible, coz I can't share the images that everyone is expecting me to deliver..and the occasion was a rather emotional and personal one and I had so many great shots Still haven't told everyone about my situation, I am hoping I wont have to This was not a paid job, but I use the same setup for that as well and now I am terrified of it. I mean I usually have extra sd cards but what about images I have already shot , what would I tell my clients! That is crazy! I feel I am better of with a smart phone or a point and shoot, I have never had such a problem with those! Plz help!!!