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    Default photos unavialable

    I have found I have been using an unformatted SD Card, and cannot download camera photos. I looked on line for a free-ware solution and found myself surrounded by a lot of deceptive marketing! You Tube is not much better, from some of the feedback.

    So does anyone know of a free-ware solution that is not going to scam you?

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    Default Re: photos unavialable

    Are you sure it's unformatted? can you view the photos on the camera? If so it's formatted. If not there are no photos to retrieve.

    A bit more detail would be useful, are you trying to read the photos directly from the camera with a cable or taking the card out and using a card reader?
    Whichever one, try the other method. Not all card readers can read all card formats, and some cameras might use a file system that some OSes can't read directly but will generally work over a cable.
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    Default Re: photos unavialable

    Unformated errors can mean its unreadable, ie faulty . Not allways though.

    If it was unformated , camera wouldnt have been able to save any photos to it. In that case there is nothing to try & recover
    Seems unlikey , surely the cam would give a error ,re unformatted card while trying to save phots

    It could be faulty , or corrupt . If faulty you are out of luck , unless you spend $500+ to have it looked at by specialists


    I have used photorec with success . Its free , but old and has some quirks .
    https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

    Most of the "free" software isnt free
    And often they wont state that you have to pay to actually recover the data untill after youve run it. Ive tried plenty of free card recovery software in the past, they all only recovered a few files for free
    or would just show whats recoverable and then you'd have to pay for full functionality .

    Here some software to try. Assume its not free till proven otherwise .
    https://www.lifewire.com/free-data-r...-tools-2622893
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    Default Re: photos unavialable

    Ive also used EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover , but hit the 500M free limit . That should get at least something off .

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    Default Re: photos unavialable

    I can see the photos in the camera, but XP tells me the card is not formatted, and do I want to format it now?

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    Default Re: photos unavialable

    Quote Originally Posted by Laggard View Post
    I can see the photos in the camera, but XP tells me the card is not formatted, and do I want to format it now?
    That could be the problem - XP, it may not be able to read the Drive. DONT format it what ever you do you will then lose any photos.
    If you dont have any newer Computer with a Newer OS, you can always boot from a Linux Live CD, that should read the drive, you can then copy them to another external Drive or directly to the XP drive. Its a little bit different in folder layout with Linux compared to XP, but do-able.
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    Thanks Wainui,
    I'll use our laptop.

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    Default Re: photos unavialable

    If you need to run data recovery software, the one 1101 linked -- Have used in the past as well.

    There are others that are free -- https://www.ccleaner.com/recuva.

    One that is Really good, But the Free is limited to 2GB of recovery. https://www.xboft.com/

    Just how Good ?? The partition on a SD card was showing as RAW - windows asked to format ( big no-no)

    Well as we know when you delete a file its not really gone, recovered twice the actual storage amount of the actual card, it recovered all the pictures as well as ones that had been over written. (although somewhat damaged)
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    Thanks Wainui
    I was able to download to the W10 laptop, that will do for now. I shall probably start using Linex on another computer I have,(it's quite a bit newer) and gradually migrate to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laggard View Post
    I can see the photos in the camera, but XP tells me the card is not formatted, and do I want to format it now?
    Is the SD card a newer, higher capacity SD card and the card reader an oldish one? If thats the case, upgrade your card reader and it should work fine.

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