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dodgy card readers munch pictures

I have had the misfortune of losing loads of pictures. All the shots I took last weekend down at Rochester Riverside Park of my kids riding their bikes down there (before the fences were stolen – that’s another story I have a post coming up about). All the shots I took on Thursday at the Kent, Coal and Climate Change meeting at Fort Amherst (see my last post about that one). All the pictures I took at a local pub, the Nags Head of a band (Spitfire Four) playing there on Friday night. All the pictures I took yesterday with the family at Leeds Castle. Ugggggg!!!!

My camera took the pictures OK and everything was normal until the point I put them in my card reader. The folder would show up but when I clicked on the folder I’d get the message that the files were corrupted and could not be read.

I managed to retrieve the files from the card (using the same card reader) with a data recovery program but none of the files will open – I get the error message that the files are of the wrong type and cannot be recognised.

I stuck the card(s) back in the camera and the CF error was still there. I formatted the cards using the camera to do so and luckily that sorted the CF error (but of course did nothing to get the files back in a working state).

Following a process of elimination I have worked out that the problem was caused by my card reader – duhh – should have worked that out sooner really. I’m now using a different card reader, no new CF errors and fingers crossed I think that’s drawn a line under the problem.

I have searched and searched for a way to fix and read the corrupt files (Canon RAW files – CR2) with no luck. I have kept them anyway in the hope that someday I may find a way or someone will tell me about a magic fix. I live in hope.

Just thought I’d mention this here in case anyone experiences a similar problem and to strongly suggest you first rule out the card reader as the problem.

I’m glad at least it was not the camera.

By monaxle

Dad to four boys. Married to their mum. A satisficer. Lifelong cyclist, wannabe nomad, casual snapper and music lover. Occasional glimmers of creativity. Left field, anti establishment and non conformist tendencies. Green politics. Employment in mental health and children and adults social care. Open to learning, development and growth. Often get things wrong. Sometimes getting them right.

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