Help! Can my pictures be saved?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by bfenner, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. bfenner

    bfenner Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 24, 2010
    I can see my photos on my GF1, but when I plug in my camera or put the sd card into the computer, it comes up as "unreadable or corrupted" and says that it needs to be formatted (which would erase all the data). It is only this one card that is doing this, so I don't think it is my computer. I have a lot of shots from a good friends wedding on this card, so I would love to be able to save them. Has anyone ever experienced this? Any ideas on how to salvage the photos on the card?
  2. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I know that there are free recovery software available. I have the free SanDisk program but have never used it. A Google of SD Card Recovery Software will bring up a host of apps/programs.

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  3. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
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    Try connecting the camera to your computer with the USB cord and transferring that way.

    Oops, just saw that you said you tried plugging in already... Sorry.
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  4. LovinTheEP2

    LovinTheEP2 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    1st... DO NOT "write" to the card as you could end up corrupting pictures you have on their. DO NOT put it back into your camera.

    2nd. 1st thing you need to do is slide the protection on card so it can be erased etc to lock.

    3rd. Download one of several file recovery tools online and make sure they can work with media cards. Install it (making sure your memory card isnt connected to the computer).

    4th. Then run the program, put the card into your computer and let the software recover your pics.

    Good luck.
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  5. Howi

    Howi Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 23, 2011
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    If the camera can read the fils, things aren't too bad.
    Try using a card reader on the comp, when it recognises the card and promote for a format, just decline, go to a command prompt (cmd in windows).
    Enter scndsk <drive letter for card>: and allow it to fix errors.
    I think the syntax is scndsk E: /f
    That should sort things out nicely
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  6. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011

    Go to:

    BadCopy Pro - Floppy Disk, CD, DVD and Digital Media Data Recovery Software

    Download the program, and if it indicates it can save your pics, then buy it.

    Reasonably priced- and saved my bacon once!!!

    $39 USD
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  7. lannes

    lannes Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 15, 2011
    Perth, Australia
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  8. bfenner

    bfenner Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 24, 2010
    photos recovered

    After a few failed attempts, I was finally able to recover my pictures with Ashampoo GetBack. Thanks everyone for the advice. It lead me in the right direction.
    Here's one of my favorite pics from the card:
    GF1 w/ 20mm
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  9. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
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    Cool image, man... glad you got your images rescued!
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