Card cannot be accessed. Reinsert/change the card or format card with camera

  • Card cannot be accessed. Reinsert/change the card or format card with camera

    Really this is The Worst Message any Photographer could Have ! First, I own Canon T4i/650D , I was photographing a concert and suddenly this message appear on the screen and memory card can not be read !

    I Tried to insert my SDHC memory in the laptop to check the all day images I photographed , But I shocked that all my files are gone as it ask me to format the memory on the laptop too !

    Imaging how all your daily photos can be deleted without any warnings !

    I have this memory card : Dane-Elec Pro 8GB 200x Class 10 SDHC Memory Card Its Working well in most of times , but this message appear suddenly after long period of photographing ..

    I really need your help , is it memory problem , or the card slot pins in my canon T4i . Share your experience :)

    Sorry for my bad English .. Thanks in Advance, Amro.

    Have you tried a different card?

    @ Bobt Not Yet, I want to be sure first that it is memory problem for saving some $$ , but it seems that I have to buy new good one . @MichaelClark I forget to mention that I Tried to recover the deleted photos using recover software , but it recover older images and not the images that I lost the last time !

    @MichaelClark Another small thing , I know there are ton of topics on how to recover deleted photos, But I just want to stop this issue happened , it is very difficult to recover the deleted photos every-time after a photography session !

    The best assurance is to buy higher-quality brand name memory cards, but even those can (and do) go bad. Some higher-end cameras have dual card slots and can write to both at once as insurance. In general, don't let too many images accumulate on the card before saving them elsewhere, so all of your eggs aren't in the same basket. (Using multiple smaller cards instead of one big one is one approach; this may actually increase your chances of hitting _some_ problem, but will hopefully make that less catastrophic.) In any case, once a card has issues, it's not worth trying to save it.

  • Dave Nelson

    Dave Nelson Correct answer

    8 years ago

    It sounds to me like your card is dead or damaged. I recommend that you follow the instructions in the comments to your question and try to recover what you can.

    Memory cards fail, it does not happen very often for most people, but it does happen. I have had 3 die over the last 10 years.

    You can check to see if your card has a warranty or guarantee of some kind that will get it replaced with a new or refurbished one, but for an 8GB card it may be cheaper to buy a new one.

    Make sure you clearly mark that card so you never use it again.

    Thanks for your comment, Some people tell me that maybe it is camera problem , as sometimes the card slot pins in bend or broken .. The Card is class 10 and 200x and still new , that's why I thought it might be a camera problem, Anyway am going to buy new memory , any recommendation ??

    SDHC memory card slots do not contain "pins" the way a CompactFlash slot do, they are more like pads that rest against the memory card. A pad could be damaged. Here is a How Stuff Works article with a lot more information I recommend having a good camera repair place take a quick look at your camera. I prefer to use Lexar Pro memory cards that are as fast as I can afford at the time. I buy sizes that hold around 300 pictures each.

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