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Old April 22nd, 2007, 11:09 AM
MArk Le MArk Le is offline
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Default 2GB Card gone

I want to share my experience so others may prevent it.

the gear:
microtech firewire CF reader
2 GB Kingston Pro
images taken on Canon 1Ds
Windows XP pro SP2

what happened:

the card was almost full (5 or 6 shots left)
first windows didn't read the card. Reboot. Card reads fine after reboot.

I open a couple of files to see: all raw so ACR writes the settings in the card. This was a HUGE mistake because at the second picture opened the card went crazy. FAT was corrupted. all files appearing with all the possible characters , including the sub-directories (DCIM etc.)

To cut it short I did a recovery with PC Inspector and I was able to get half of the shooting back

Beside the fact that I believe the 1Ds itself do show issues with almost full cards the advice is this:

DO NOT OPEN FILES FROM THE CARD. Copy everything into the hard disk immediately and treat the card like it was read only.

don't repeat my mistake!
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Old April 22nd, 2007, 12:23 PM
Josh Liechty Josh Liechty is offline
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Location: Indiana, USA
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That is good advice. Also, since flash media has a limited (although fairly high) number of write cycles, avoiding any excess activities that would cause the file allocation table to be overwritten is a good idea.
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