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Well, recently I've had some photography bad luck (, and it seems to be continuing tonight! +Trey Ratcliff and I just got home from a full day of shooting (part of which was the PhotoWalk we hosted today

When I put my brand-spanking new 32GB SanDisk Compact Flash card into my card reader, nothing showed up. I couldn't import! Then we tried two other card readers laying around. Nothing. So I put the card back in my camera, and tried to view them there. I got the "Folder Contains No Images" message familiar to Nikon users.

At this point, I downloaded a program called "Card Rescue" for Mac to see if the files had somehow been corrupted or damage. Trey had successfully used this program to recover some files before. After running a scan for nearly an hour, it said it couldn't find any files. Whenever I tried to import from the card, it referred to my CF card as "JO NAMA" ... Strange name, and I have no idea where it came from.

So either someone out there has some good ideas for better card recovery software, or SanDisk is out there and they can help me, or there may be something to those ghost stories people tell about the Queen Mary. That was the last location of the evening... Me and Trey drove down to Long Beach to shoot some parts of the ship that are supposedly haunted. All in good fun you'd think, until the electromagnetic field generated by the ghosts wipe out your memory card... ! ;-) Or maybe it was the nuclear reactor on that Scorpion submarine we climbed onto?

Here's a ghostly image I caught of myself a few months ago, before my camera fell into the Ocean, before I got arrested for taking photos (another story I haven't told), and before my memory card went dead!

#LAPhotoWalk Unfortunately this means I have zero photos from the PhotoWalk, unless I can somehow get the photos back!
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Do tell the story about the arrest! Sorry about your lost images. That is rough.
if things come in should be good for a bit :) Good luck with the card....I wish I could help :(
Send it in to SanDisk - they usually have recovery methods that go a good bit beyond what we can do our selves.

Sorry to hear about the bad luck streak, hope it'll pass and leave you alone for a long time soon.
Were you at some point able to review images on camera before sticking it in your computer or were the files never writing in the first place?
+Dave Veffer I was looking at them all day, they were there up until about we got into the car to drive home
That's rough +Tom Anderson . I hope your pics reappear and it was just the ghosts messing with you :)
So what you're saying is, you and Trey took a walk.
JO NAMA = JOE NAMATH? :) Sorry to hear that, I give a second for PhotoRec as well.
awwww man! that sucks a big one +Tom Anderson ! :( I blame the ghosts. always use a different card on the Queen Mary. always.
I think that I would have cried. Yep, I admit it I would cry :-)
If you have access to a Windows machine try Recuva.
Hm, did you try with another reader ? I mean, SD, SDHC, and stuff like that. Maybe the card-reader you used were only for SD, whereas your card is SDHC ? :o
Just throwing some ideas here and there.
Kat M
My card is doing the same thing. I can upload it to my old laptop but not my new computer.
THAT is def a Ghost !! They want "theirSpace" back!! lol ;) very cool! -mj
Whoa. I wanna hear this getting arrested story. Sorry for your loss. I hope you find a way to recover them. I once lost all my photos I took at Niagara Falls. It's a crappy feeling.
Sorry for your loss of the camera & the scandisk. :-(
Man if it wasn't for bad luck, you wouldn't have any luck at all. :-(
Sorry to hear that man and I'll keep the positive thoughts for them to return from their other-worldly vacation. ;-)
On a better note, it was great getting a chance to talk with you a bit +Tom Anderson, thanks and hopefully I'll catch you again on another walk.
PS my guess is there may be something wrong with the first card reader you tried so make sure you use a different one for the remainder of the fix attempts.
Oh my! What a horrible stroke of luck! Well, there's more to the story I'm sure.. it will probably play out in a few days. Surely there is a way to recover that lost data. Although, I have heard of a few ghost stories of the Queen.. Will silently await updates of this story.
Damn, you really are having some bad photography luck recently. Hopefully you get it out of your system now and the rest of the year will be golden!
PPS for future reference in case you didn't do this. Always format a new CF card in camera instead of leaving as is or formatting on a computer.
When I recover data at work from severely crashed harddrives I use GetDataBack from It can usually find up to files deleted 5 times.. It takes forever but it works pretty often..
+Dave Veffer just noticed you already posted the thread...sorry for the dup.
I had a similar issue with the card's filesystem being corrupted whilst copy data across to the iPad, and a power fluctuation/low power warning killing the card. Thankfully, the Sandisk RescuePro worked a treat and I didn't have to break out the forensic kit.
First rule of digital photography is to use a few smaller cards, not one gigantic :-P
Just make sure you don't use that card again to take more pictures. This is for two reasons.

1) At some point, you may be able to retrieve the photos if you don't put more on the card. If you add more, though, the chance of getting your old photos back decreases.

2) If a card is faulty once, then you can never trust it again.

So try the advice that others give you, but if it doesn't work, still hold on to the card. Put it away somewhere. You might get them back someday.
Can you see the pics if you have that card in the camera?
Argh. That is bad luck +Tom Anderson . Was looking forward to seeing what you captured last night. +Liz Lui and I had a pleasure meeting you and hopefully I can get her to join your hangout like I promised Trey I would get her to do.
Format your Compact Flash within the Camera before taking photos. :) Your Camera need to recongize the card by formatting the Compact Flash in the Camera.
This looks like a bar in downtown Vegas called Lady Sylvia. Love that place!
In my experience companies like Sandisk and Lexar have excellent customer service for uncommon problems like this. Send your card in. If there's anything on it, they'll get it for you.
Oh damn! I'm sorry to hear that +Tom Anderson. I saw where you were setting up for some of your shots and I was looking forward to some of them. But I still hope you can get them back somehow.
How frustrating! I hope you get it figured out soon. Love the photo. That is quite the library. Intriguing post. :)
I have a SanDisk card reader that I use to upload images I took on a SanDisk card. I will sometimes check the images on the card by using "Finder" on the Mac to view the folder and copy the images directly to my Mac by passing the Nikon Transfer software. Since you were using a new SanDisk card, did you FORMAT the card before using it?. Hope you can still recover the images. Hoodman puts out a high quality card, they are a bit more expensive.They are Steel Plated/Ruggedized SDHC Cards and Waterproof. +Tom Anderson
+Tom Anderson, Man, I'm really sorry to hear that. I have used Lexar's Image Rescue 4 for recover images from an accidentally deleted card. If the card was corrupt, it's hard to say if it'll work, but it's worth a shot. Also might be worth it to contact SanDisk. I had Lexar offer to do a recovery on images when my new card had corruption issues.
Sorry about the loss, what a nightmare. Hopefully Sandisk can recover your photos. I'd like to hear the story about getting arrested.
Is it possible your camera is pleading the fifth?
+Tom Anderson This is annoyingly sexy to me.

I want to hear the arresting story. (see what I did there?) ;)
Not sure if this would cause the problem you experienced +Tom Anderson but I read somewhere that if a card is completely filled, the last RAW file may actually be too big for the remaining space calculated by the camera, and may corrupt the card when it tries to write it.
Hopefully someday all cameras will have instant upload :)
+Tom Anderson Few things to take care and two must try s/w's for data recovery:
1) Do not format or use that card anymore before you finish recovering, the data never gets deleted, it is the link between the data and os that gets deleted. And when you copy new data it get over written on that and then the older one becomes inaccessible.

2) If you had kept the card unused and safe then there are ample chances of recovery if at all anything was stored in the card at any point of time. Use the below two mentioned softwares:

Acronis disk director: I had recovered 80% of my hard disk which was completely formatted with partition with this s/w. Not sure if this works with card but most probably it should work with sd cards.

Another one is , i have used this for pen drive recovery and it works fine even to dig out very very old data which you won't even know if you had stored that. Certainly any one of the above s/w will work for you. Hope it helps.
Sorry to hear about the card. I'm not familiar with mac programs, but arax is a good file recovery program for windows. It has saved my butt a few times.
Holy Crappy situations batman! Honestly +Tom Anderson You're taking this a lot better than I would have. I'd be screaming bloody murder at this point. Unfortunately I can't suggest anything other than "did you turn it off and turn it on again?" or "did you make sure the card wasn't locked?" both insanely stupid but still... ya never know. By the way, that whole time we chit chatted I was so in the learning mode, I didn't get a pic with you. I'm kicking myself over it!
Hey Tom, the same thing happened to my daughter last night after the photowalk with her camera (microSD card). I gave a shot and they were able to get about 90% of the shots back.
You can download a preview copy which will scan the card and tell you which files it has found so you can try it out first. Good luck!
awww Tom i was looking forward to seeing your awesome photography, have you tried using that weird name to bring up stored info sometimes its just that simple it stored it in a diff part memory.
Some Nikons have an internal memory which is where one's photos can end up if the card didn't get seated properly. These 'missing photos' will only show up when the card is out of the camera and you press 'play'. The missing photos can be downloaded using the USB connection cable that Nikon supplies with your camera. This has happened but once to me but it took a while to figure it out.
Lol. This happens more than you think! Never use a card reader, use the USB cable. When this happened to me it was the card reader that had a maximum supported limit and the card was above that limit and in trying to read it "WIPED" the card. Sometimes reinserting a few times into the camera helps but hey on the up side you need to go out again, but this time you have experience!

Ps: make sure the two format buttons are not pressed together for a few seconds either ;)
So I guess you then got the lecture from Trey about how he uses CF Cards from Hoodman, yes? :)
At least you have the memories.
Oh wow! That is super bad luck! Sounds like something that would happen to me - know you are none too happy about it! Hope somehow you can get them back!! This is a super shot - Looks like some fabulous library somewhere? Arrested??? I want to hear about that!
Sorry about the lost photos, but I really want to hear the arrest story.
Well, that's just creepy. The same thing happened to me last year. I was on the Great Britain, which is a steel sailing/steamship now in a museum in Bristol, UK. I was happily snapping away, when suddenly the camera tells me the card's not formatted, and refused to go any further. It was a brand new card. I agree with several other commentators who suggest formatting a brand new card in the camera before using it.
Maybe the Great Britain's haunted, too. ;-) Although, it may be more to do with magnetism from the steel or something.
thanks for all the suggestions everyone. :-) Will be downloading some of these and giving them a try !
Hope you manage to recover your photos, +Tom Anderson. Love this 'ghostly' shot! Arrested? Now that's a story you have to tell...
Bummer +Tom Anderson Was looking forward to checking out your pics. Maybe its time to switch to those wifi cards and transfer images automatically...just and idea
I've used PhotoRec on a Linux computer to successfully recover deleted photos (and other types of files), it is a Unix executable and should work fine on a Mac. Here is the link:

You'll have to mount the SD card as a normal volume, and you'll have to do some command lining, but I'm sure that doesn't scare you. Also, you'll have to check off the type(s) of files you want to be recovered, i.e., .jpg, .bmp, etc.
Oh noooo! Stupid ghosts! I blame them. I'm sure there were some beautiful photos on that card. I know you got some nice portraits of +Tu-Anh Tran and +Justin Ormont. Oh well. =/ By the way, I'm so glad I got to (briefly) meet you in person. :) It was a pleasure.
Hum this is funny means you need to "focus" some attention back on to yourself" Is there something you have forgotten about?
Fingers and toes crossed you recover every last one of those images! I'm really loving the creativity in this image you posted. And standing by for the story of you being arrested for taking photos =)
It comes in wavesssssss. Make sure you take a moment to assess your real camera problems and fix them before they make photography discouraging. I've waited too long before, makes you forget why you shoot. When you pick it up again, you only feel like you've missed a hundred beautiful moments that you should remember, that deserve remembering.

I'm sentimental and brokenhearted feeling. Look at my flickr and make me feel better!
Dang +Tom Anderson what a run! on the flip side what an interesting life your having now hhahaa I always knew you were a phantom! (jks) and yes do tell how the famous Tom got himself arrested. I loved this post I actually did COL :)
This may be a silly question, but were the pictures perhaps saved on the camera's hard drive instead of the SD card? My camera has a very small amount of space available, but it's years old; I'm thinking new swanky ones probably have a lot more space available.
so sorry :( waiting for the arrest story though....
someone did voodoo on you :) did you check your camera screen in between the shots?
Oh, Tom. That's terrible. I'm sorry to hear that. I almost wish I had lost my data too. I had a great time and thought I had captured some great scenes. When I imported my photos, all I had was junk. I feel even worse seeing all of the incredible images everyone else has made. I have a long way to go.
Love the photo by the way. How did you do it?
Totally feel you on this one. I just lost a whole tour of lesser known and visited Mayan ruins in the Yucatan. So much for that deadline....
Wes Lum
Jo Nama...very weird. Hope you get your stuff back!
Must be very frustrating! Really like this image of you in the study!
What is going on with you, Tom?! Hmnnn... Regarding your lost photos... I'm one of those people who believe that you can't really delete anything digital.

Have you tried a data recovery service? I know of a good one in the Bay Area... My apologies if someone already mentioned this in the previous 114 comments.
+Tom Anderson Please tell us the story of how you got arrested taking photographs. I'm curious now. PLEASE! Were you trespassing or something?
+Ronak Badheka Perhaps +Tom Anderson was mistaken for a spy... My imagination can conjure up way too many possible scenarios, so I'll stop before I get started. :p
Incredible shots. Kudos to you Tom! Keep it up, you wonderful genius!
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