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Thread: SD Card Problem

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2010

    SD Card Problem

    I used a 4GB SD card in a Canon PowerShot camera and took pictures. I am not sure if formatted the SD card in the camera. I am able to see the pictures in the camera disply. But if I use it in a SD card reader with a computer (Windows XP) I am unable to see any folder or files. Winows explorer prompts to format the drive (SD card).

    How can I down load the pictures befor I format the card?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Don't format it or you will lose your data.

    If you have a different card reader, perhaps you can try it there.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    So Calif
    If you have the USB cable that came with the camera you could use that, though you should charge the batteries first just to be safe. When connected and the camera is in the "playback" mode, you should be able to tranfer the images to your comuter.

    Once the images are on the the hard drive, you can reformat the card.
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    (formerly Pentax 50 1.4/50-200/55-300/K100D, Sigma 18-50 2.8/70-300 APO, Tamron 28-75, Viv 800, Tele-Tokina 800, Canon S3 IS, Samsung L210)

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Does your card reader support SDHC? If not, you'll need to get a new card reader. It may only support SD cards, which have a different file system.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    I'm with SpecialK....seems the obvious solution.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    East Coast
    If you are using a USB Card reader that you put into the USB spot on your PC; remove the reader, reattach the reader and then put the card in. That has worked for me. I don't know why I got the problem; it could be the pins were not set or I just had to reset the computer to recognize the reader. I am not sure if this will solve your problem but give it a try. If you are using a built in reader you may want to buy a cheap portable reader and try that as the built in reader may have issues that can't be resolved with the suggestion above. I use a multi card "mediaGear" reader. Pretty cheap. I hope this may be your solution, good luck.

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