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Camera Data Recovery


I have a 64GB Sony camera card which I have been using for a number of months. I have been using it in a Nikon for the past 6 weeks, and have taken some photographs in a professional capacity. However, when I try to download the photographs now, the computer shows that the card is write protected, and will not let me remove the photographs from the card. I tried to download some of the pictures, but the PC instead wanted me to format the drive. I tried to put it into a card reader, and it suddenly beeps when the reader is installed onto the computer. I thought it might be locked, so I switched the leaver at the bottom of the card into the opposite position, but this has not helped. I am not able to get the computer to read the files, although the card is clearly present on the system. When I look at the card in Properties, it seems to be uninitialized.


I have been using a Sandisk Extreme memory card which the computer will no longer recognise. I have used it frequently in the past few months, but it has suddenly stopped responding when I plug the camera into the computer. When I turn on the camera, as it is plugged into the PC, it asks me to insert a card into the system. The computer doesn’t show it on the drive list, and it does not show anything up when I try to search for it. I tried to use a card reader, but it would not even mount onto the reader, so was not found by the PC. I called tech support, and they suggested improving the firmware on the computer, but this has not helped at all. I have downloaded the card to this computer previously, and I haven’t upgraded anything except the firmware. I really want to get the photographs which I have taken from the card.

Camera Data Recovery

A camera holds priceless memories and can be an important possession. Despite the fact that a digital camera holds so many important pictures documenting an individual’s life, there are situations that can lead to the loss of photographs and data stored on a camera.

Cameras can experience a loss in data for any number of reasons, from dropping to exposure to water and moisture. While data loss can be unavoidable in some cases, there are steps camera owners can take to protect their camera from malfunctions resulting in the loss of pictures, videos and other data.

Back-up Images

Even though there are great data recovery services we can assist you with if you lose your camera data, it’s a good rule of thumb to back everything on you camera up on onto CDs or DVDs, external hard drives or tapes. This is also a good idea for anything on your computer’s hard drive, which is also susceptible to a crash that could result in the loss of data.

Protect Memory Flash Cards

Memory flash cards should be stored carefully because something as simple as static buildup can result in the loss of data stored on the cards. When they are being transported, always store them in their plastic case. In addition to protecting flash memory cards, they should also be replaced on a regular basis. In general, a memory card can be used about 1000 times before it begins to wear out, so replacing the card will prevent malfunction from general wear and tear.

Follow the Instructions from the Manufacturer of the Camera

When you use a new camera, be sure to carefully review all instructions, to avoid damage and loss of data that can occur from misuse. For example, using the “Eject” function on a computer can be vital when removing a flash card to avoid the corruption of files.

Make Several Copies of All Data

You may think you’re safe simply by transferring your photos and videos to a hard drive, but if your hard drive fails (and it likely will at some point), you won’t have your files backed-up. Use several forms of back-up to ensure that if there are malfunctions you’ll have another source of data available.

Common Causes of Digital Camera Card Failure

Although data from a digital camera storage card can be lost for a number of reasons, some are more common than others. One of the most common reasons digital camera users experience a loss of data is because of physical damage. Camera memory cards are very small, and fairly delicate, meaning they’re susceptible to dropping, bending and crushing.
Additional reasons that lead to the loss of data include static electricity build-up, deletion or reformatting during the transfer or editing process and damage from sources of liquid and heat.

What to Do if You Lose Digital Camera Memory Card Data

Despite taking all possible precautions, sometimes data from cameras is lost. When this happens, the best course of action is to contact a data recovery service like ourselves that has 14 years experience in the retrieval of this particular type of data. A professional data recovery service is better equipped and has more expertise than a traditional camera shop to help in the efficient and secure recovery of data that is lost for any reason. In fact, a data recovery service like ourselves has seen its share of situations that make data recovery seem almost impossible, but even with the most severe circumstances, data can often be retrieved by our data recovery specialists.