Reading Sandisk Memory Card

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charlesnicholas
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I have no problem reading the Memory Card from my D80 Camera or from the Sandisk Memory Card Reader BUT I m not ble to read the Memory Card from my Laptop Memory Card Reader Slot and I get the following reports;
1 -THE DISK IN THE DRIVE IS NOT FORMATED, DO YOU WANT TO FORMAT IT NOW - CLICK YES
2 -WARNING, FORMATTING WILL ERASE AL DATA ON THE DISK, TO FORMAT THE DISK - CLICK OK
3 - THE DISK IS WRITE PROTECTED
Removed the protection slide and got the same reports, can someone tell me what I am doing wrong please

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You probably have an older type card reader in your laptop, which will not read the new faster cards.

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Same here, I've had to replace two card readers in the past 3 years just to keep up with the new cards. The good thing is that prices are now really silly, they're disposable items.

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tom hardwick
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Re: Reading Sandisk Memory Card
I bought an Extreme SDHC Sandisk 45mbps 16gb class 10 card 2 weeks ago. I formatted it in my Sony NX5 and filmed a wedding a week ago. The card cannot be read in the camera or in the Windows XP PC.  I downloaded the RescuePRO delux recovery software and filled in the serial number correctly but get the message 'Invalid serial number - please check it!'  I cannot get past this point and I really do need those AVCHD video files. 
 
This is not good news, as I was one of those caught out by the duff Reanscend 16gb cards a few months ago.
 
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Re: Reading Sandisk Memory Card
Tom - see my post in the other thread where you mentioned this problem - I had the same and sorted it.

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Mark M
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Re: Reading Sandisk Memory Card
tom hardwick wrote:
 I downloaded the RescuePRO delux recovery software and filled in the serial number correctly but get the message 'Invalid serial number - please check it!' 
tom.
 
I got some of these cards and tried to install the free software. I got the same message. I got onto the Rescue Pro people who told me that the serial number is for the NON-PRO version, and that Sandisk got it wrong on that little slip that came with the card. So go back to the RescuePro site, download the Non-Pro version, and it should install fine with the serial number you have.
 
On this page:

http://www.lc-tech.com/rescuepro/

It's the one on the left.

 

HTH

 

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Re: Reading Sandisk Memory Card
@charlesnicholas:
 
SD cards have been evolving: SD, then SD-HC and now SD-XC.
 
As Alan says, readers are cheap (and often NOT backwards-compatible).  
 
Take your pick:
 
(The other problems sound like a rescue is needed!)

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tom hardwick
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Re: Reading Sandisk Memory Card
Thanks Mark, I've now got the recovered *.m2ts files saved to my HDD.
They won't play from this folder though the same replay program Canopus AVCHD previewer plays similarly suffixed files perfectly. Very odd.
 
However, although these recovered files have crashed my Edius6 editing program repeatedly, I think I may be able to convert the timeline
(before crashing again) to another format, perhaps standard definition, and work from there.

One further question.  Now I seem to be able to access the files, am I right to be wary of using this actual SanDisk SDHC card in the future?
Of course I formatted it in my camcorder before filming last Saturday and will do again before tomorrow's wedding, but is the same thing
likely to occur do you think? Would I be advised to return the card to Amazon.com for a replacement?
 
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Mark M
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Re: Reading Sandisk Memory Card
I'm glady you've got somewhere in the recovery process.
 
As for using the cards again....  I bought some of those cards, and I won't use them on a shoot until each and every one of them has been tested by recording until full on my EX1, then copying and verifying the data on a computer,  then formatting the card, then testing again by shooting lots of short clips. This is how I've tested the Transcend cards I've been using the last three years, and I've not had any problems with cards that passed this test. However, some failed, and they've been relegated to use in my compact camera.
 
GIven the low - almost disposable - cost of the media, I wouldn't trust a card that's misbehaved in a real-world situation again. Yes, send it back to Amazon, and test its replacement thoroughly before you put it into use.

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tom hardwick
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Re: Reading Sandisk Memory Card
I've sent the Sandisk card back to Amazon (and don't they make it delightfully easy?) and will stick to Transcend from now on.
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Re: Reading Sandisk Memory Card
Tom,
 
You may find 'H2TESTW' a free program of use in checking the size, read and write speeds
and verifying what has been written can be read.
 
 
It is also of use in detecting 'fake' cards.
 
I would still do a in camera test, but if there are going to be problems,H2TESTW may help you find
the problems quicker and easier than a couple of dummy runs in the camera.
 
Brian