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Compact Flash card not mounting


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#1 PCPeebrain

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 11:59 AM

I'm not sure where to put this, so apologies if it's in the wrong area.

 

I've got a compact flash card from a camera that will not mount / is invisible to the computer. 

 

I have tried several card readers, two PC's (win XP Pro, Win 7) and a mac.

 

I've had this happen once before some time ago and I was successfully advised of software / method to try and get access to the content anyway, but sadly my own memory is about as much use as this compact flash memory and I can't remember how!

 

Can anyone shed any light on where to start? Recovery software such as recuva, Rescue Pro etc simply don't see the drive or see it as having zero content, exactly the same as the last card I had fail that I did manage to recover with assistance! 


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Posted 30 July 2013 - 10:40 PM

As cards have a know issue to be unreliable (getting better, though) it sounds as if the card is dead....

Try TestDisk on it; if no joy, very problematic, IMO.

 



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 04:06 AM

indeed, I'm a professional Photographer, I usually use Sandisk only and even when dead their rescue software saves the day. This is an assistants card, not a sandisk, can't be seen. I've had it happen once before with an assistants card as I say above, and someone gave me some advice on getting it to be re-mountable, but I'm blown if I can find the info again or remember it!!!



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Posted 03 August 2013 - 09:27 PM

If the card doesn't work correctly in multiple computers, I'd assume it's defective. Still, you might want to try PC Inspector's SmartRecovery utility.


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:35 AM

The problem with Smartrecovery is the same as all the other tools unfortunately - they don't see the card in the first place to search. I need to get it to mount first, which it simply won't. Real shame for the couple who were getting married :(



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Posted 06 October 2017 - 03:25 PM

This is an old thread but I want to share the solution I have found.  I had a CF card full of photos from the total eclipse in Wyoming and I was devastated when my computer would not mount it.   I new there are several companies that will recover data from bad memory cards but I never could justify the steep prices.  I got several quotes and was intimidated by the fact all had a high minimum cost and ridiculous max cost, no fixed price quotes.  Continuing to search I found a small company in Germany, Recoverfab.com that was founded by a former employee at a silicon foundry that offered a fixed price going in based upon the capacity of the card.  I found nothing but reviews online and sent my card off.  Once the received it they posted my images on line for download in under 24 hours.  Great experience!  Hope this helps someone.






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