Tuesday, October 28, 2003
When I got back from Edwards, the first thing I did after checking out my new skin color was to hook up the camera to offload all of the wonderful pics Jill and I took. Not only does iPhoto totally suck ass when it has more than a few hundred photos in it's library, but my PowerBook G4 is starting to show it's age. The USB ports are a little loose, so the camera's cable sometimes doesn't make great contact.
Of course, when loading the images from the SmartMedia card that held most of them, it lost contact and barfed. The camera then started reporting that the card was not initialized.
Thankfully, I didn't reformat in despair as I had once before when something similar had happened. I found my card reader and tried mounting it under MacOS 8.6 without luck. While searching MacOS X Hints for tips on keeping iPhoto from running like a dog, I ran into [this]. The app mentioned in that hint, [PhotoRescue] did indeed work. I tried the demo and found that after a few minutes, it had recovered all 300 photos from my 128 mb card. The demo does not let you save out your photos, but does let you create an image of the card to recover from later - just in case the card dies before you get the full version. I immediately ponied up the $30, and a few hours later I have my photos.
Flash media cards do go bad. They're more fragile than the camera companies like to admit. If you find yourself using your camera a lot, save yourself some gray hairs and buy PhotoRescue before this happens to you.
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