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HELP! Cracked SDHC Card
07/05/2010 | PeteePie

Posted on 07/05/2010 4:15:05 AM PDT by PeteePie

My 8GB SDHC card recived a small bit of damage on an exposed corner, opposite of the leads. The computer won't read the card so my data is trapped. I have a ton of music on it so I'm anxious to recover my tunes. Any ideas as to how I can recover the data?


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: data; recovery
I'm seeing some software but I was looking, perhaps, for a data recovery service.
1 posted on 07/05/2010 4:15:10 AM PDT by PeteePie
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To: PeteePie

Google “sdhc data recovery”

It brings up links to software and services.


2 posted on 07/05/2010 4:27:50 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: PeteePie

Throw the chip in the microwave, set it on high for 3 minutes, and that should reattach the contacts. Your chip should work well after that.


3 posted on 07/05/2010 4:33:22 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Lazamataz

I thought it was 3:30.....damn; explains a lot.


4 posted on 07/05/2010 4:40:51 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: PeteePie

data recovery will probably cost more than the music. I could be wrong but dont expect it to be cheap.


5 posted on 07/05/2010 4:42:40 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: RightOnline
If you overcook the chip, your music will get too congealed and maybe even burn a little.

You can remedy that by popping the chip in the freezer right out of the microwave, for a few hours. Then take it out and tap it with a hammer (hard) to bang the bits back into alighment.

Don't be gentle in this step, bits are durable.

6 posted on 07/05/2010 4:44:23 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Lazamataz

...but...but...won’t that convert all the songs to ‘rap’???


7 posted on 07/05/2010 4:47:12 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: PeteePie

I know this doesn’t solve your current problem, but in the future never trust your digital files (whatever they are - music, photos, etc.) to one storage device. Backup, backup, backup, and preferrably in at least two different locations. Then when things like this happen, you just throw the old broken card away because you know you have all the data elsewhere.


8 posted on 07/05/2010 4:49:40 AM PDT by TruthSetsUFree
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To: RightOnline
...but...but...won’t that convert all the songs to ‘rap’???

It will.

Free your mind, Conservative.

9 posted on 07/05/2010 4:50:29 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: PeteePie

Do you have another card reader? Are you using the one in the PC or laptop? Try a USB mounted card reader.


10 posted on 07/05/2010 4:51:10 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: Lazamataz

Word, yo.


11 posted on 07/05/2010 4:51:55 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Lazamataz
Then take it out and tap it with a hammer (hard) to bang the bits back into alignment.

That might break the DRM!

12 posted on 07/05/2010 5:08:46 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: TruthSetsUFree

Backup, backup, backup, and preferrably in at least two different locations.


Right!

Portable USB hard drives are cheap enough that everyone should back up -- at a minimum -- personal files, data files, irreplacable files.

DVD-R disks are cheap too.

And, if you use an online 'cloud' service, also have a physical copy of any data/files you send to the 'cloud' backup service.
13 posted on 07/05/2010 5:12:39 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: raybbr

Nah, I just have the little net book. I’m deployed so that’s all I have at the moment. I’ll ask around.


14 posted on 07/05/2010 5:24:51 AM PDT by PeteePie (Antique firearms - still deadly after all these years)
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To: driftdiver

Not possible, I have a lot of tunes on that thing. I also have a lot of images from my tour overseas. Damn it, I’m so bummed I did’t back the stuff up.


15 posted on 07/05/2010 5:28:25 AM PDT by PeteePie (Antique firearms - still deadly after all these years)
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To: Lazamataz

You jest, but once I was helping someone over the phone with installing a card or something and when it didn’t work for her, I said what I thought was sarcastically , “At this point you need to give it a good hard kick.” Which she did and blew up her computer.

I felt awful.


16 posted on 07/05/2010 5:33:30 AM PDT by FarmerW (Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned. - Milton Friedman)
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To: PeteePie
Antique firearms - still deadly after all these years

But only in the hands of a good shot. lol

As to your data problem its toast. Go to limewire. Redownload. Relax. Repeat.

17 posted on 07/05/2010 5:33:44 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: PeteePie

I wouldn’t put it in a microwave. You can probably recover the data but it may be costly. A typical hard drive recovery can run $3000 if the drive is intact.

The one thing to be careful of is not to cause any more damage. Much of the software out there is to recover deleted files and wont address damaged media such as it sounds like you have.


18 posted on 07/05/2010 5:40:26 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: PeteePie

The circuit boards in those cards are very delicate.

Chances are the board is cracked so short of ‘surgery’ you might try putting the card in the reader,plug in into the computer, and gently ‘flex’ it one way or the other and try to get it to read.

If you can get it to read by holding it in one position or another, then click on ‘select all’ ,’copy’, create a new folder on your computer and ‘paste’ the files there..


19 posted on 07/05/2010 5:44:17 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: ShadowAce

Tech help ping


20 posted on 07/05/2010 5:44:54 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: driftdiver
This is what he has:



If the circuit board is 'cracked' he may be able to 'flex' it enough to copy the info from it.
21 posted on 07/05/2010 5:48:46 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Bigh4u2

Yes I know, I used the hard drive comparison to show how expensive it can get.

The suggestion to flex the card seems reasonable. Worth a try and probably wouldnt cause any more damage if done carefully.


22 posted on 07/05/2010 5:50:03 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Bigh4u2

Yes! Verified. This is what he has, except for the missing fragment in the lower right corner.


23 posted on 07/05/2010 5:51:26 AM PDT by PeteePie (Antique firearms - still deadly after all these years)
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To: PeteePie

BTW, carbonite or a similar online backup service comes in handy. You don’t have to remember to back up anything. It does it automatically whenver you connect to the internet.

I’ve had to use it a couple times and it worked like a champ.


24 posted on 07/05/2010 5:52:25 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

“The suggestion to flex the card seems reasonable. Worth a try and probably wouldnt cause any more damage if done carefully.”

Yeah.. I’ve used that technique a few times. Even on hard drives that suddenly wouldn’t read anymore.
On a hard drive tho, it’s usually the connector pins that are the problem.


25 posted on 07/05/2010 5:57:07 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Bigh4u2

I never take SD cards out of my cameras and generally transfer the files to a PC shortly after taking them.

You can’t have too many backups of critical data. I had an external mirrored drive I used for backups. Seagate downloaded an update which turned it into a brick.


26 posted on 07/05/2010 5:59:52 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: PeteePie

That ‘missing fragment’ might be part of the circuit board.

If that’s the case, then you may not be able to recover anything from it, but someone may be able to open it up and check to see if it’s just a matter of replacing missing ‘traces’ on the board.

If it’s just missing part of the ‘case’ then try the flex trick. It might work.


27 posted on 07/05/2010 5:59:52 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: driftdiver

I have a SD reader and use it all the time.

I have so many backups of the files (and pictures) I end up with a lot of redundancy!

I even transfer them to my wifes computer through my ‘network’.

Just in case!

:)


28 posted on 07/05/2010 6:01:54 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Bigh4u2; PeteePie

The data can most likely be recovered. He may need to send it to a lab though. Which may be cost prohibitive.


29 posted on 07/05/2010 6:03:02 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

More than likely, it’s going to end up being the only way to recover it.


30 posted on 07/05/2010 6:06:04 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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31 posted on 07/05/2010 6:21:35 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: PeteePie

32 posted on 07/05/2010 6:31:09 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: PeteePie

Toss it. Get a new one. Download your music from you backups. Stop bothering us. :)


33 posted on 07/05/2010 6:56:10 AM PDT by LiberConservative
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To: PeteePie

Freep mail me a list of your songs and your address. I am sure that we can get you a card and the music. Short of an airplane ride I cannot get your photos back. Thanks for your service.


34 posted on 07/05/2010 7:25:38 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (I lived in VT for four years. That was enough.)
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To: 6SJ7
That might break the DRM!

Bonus! Get your music back AND flip Sony the bird!

35 posted on 07/05/2010 8:02:15 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Lazamataz
You can remedy that by popping the chip in the freezer right out of the microwave, for a few hours.

My beard is gray enough to have recovered a hard drive with the old freezer trick once. Frankly, I couldn't believe it worked, but it did.

I haven't had luck in more recent cases, and I thought it was no longer used, but I see from a search that it still seems to work sometimes.

36 posted on 07/05/2010 12:44:12 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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