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Ever wonder about compact flash cards and how they differ? Looking for Cannon digital pictures raw format tips? Explore those issues and more in this Q&A or this helpful article: Digital Decisions: TIFF vs. JPG vs. RAW.

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Photography Question 
Krista C. Reid
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member since: 11/17/2005
  1 .  Image Backup
I am trying to back up my image files onto CD but none of my CD-burning software will burn images. Out of the multitude of programs available, which ones would you recommend for image backup? Alternately, would you suggest online storage for backup, and if so, what sites would you recommend (re: which ones retain original file, etc.)?

1/29/2006 4:04:43 AM

Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/14/2005
  You don't need and shouldn't use a program that burns "images". Just use whatever program you have and make a plain data disc. It doesn't matter if the files you burn are MS Word files, pictures, or whatever. If you burn as a plain data disc, your image files will be saved as exact copies of what is on your hard drive. Some programs that make "photo CDs" or "image discs" may compress your images as needed to fit on a disc.

1/29/2006 6:12:13 AM

  Hi Krista,
You can use your burn software; just use the data setting. (Images are data.) Or you can use the Copy to CD in My Pictures. USB external hard drives and burning to DVDs are better alternatives in today's world. Both will hold much more data. Just store the DVDs in an alternate location.
Online storage would seem to me to suffer the same problems as any other computers ... servers crash too ;-)

1/29/2006 6:14:49 AM

Brendan Knell
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/17/2005
  "It doesn't matter if the files you burn are MS Word files, pictures, or whatever."
If you're wondering why this is true, everything on a computer is just a series of 0s and 1s.

1/29/2006 9:00:29 AM

Test Test
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/22/2004
  Krista

You should be able to use any CD Burning software to burn your image files. Your image files are just data files after all.

You mentioned in your question that "I am trying to back up my image files onto CD but none of my CD-burning software will burn images. "

>> Do you encounter any error message? If yes, have you checked the software vendors technical Support forum.
>> Are you using the correct CDs.
>> Are you using the correct CD Creation wizard? You cannot burn Image files when you select a music CD project.

Let us know how it went

1/31/2006 3:58:31 AM

Test Test
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/22/2004
  With regard to online storage..

I use photos.yahoo.com
However, I loose the resolution

1/31/2006 3:59:52 AM

James Boyden

member since: 9/29/2005
  If you are truly concerned about protecting your photos as you accumulate more and more of them and the files get bigger and bigger as you inevitably follow the evolution of camera resolution, especially if you shoot RAW, with multiple edited versions, it is unlikely you will be happy with online backup services in speed of down (and up) loads and the long-term cost of storage over the years. I recommend that you consider an external hard drive, one that has multiple disks (two or three) that store your files redundantly in what is called a RAID system (Redundant Array of Independent Disks. If one of those disks crashes the drive will rebuild itself after you replace the miscreant disk.

This is not cheap. It may cost as much as your computer, but which is worth more to you, your computer, which will be obsolete in a couple of years, or years of photos? In the meantime your practice of copying files onto CDs is good, if you can stand the chore of keeping track of them.

Jim B.

1/31/2006 8:58:08 AM

Krista C. Reid
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/17/2005
  Iím finally having some success. Must just be a finicky system. The first disc I was trying to use turned out to be faulty. Once I replaced the disk I was able to burn one, but the second disc did not turn out (Fujifilm CD-R for Photo). I think Iím on the right track now though. Thanks.

2/6/2006 9:54:09 AM

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Photography Question 
Darcy 

member since: 11/5/2004
  2 .  How to Download from Computer to Disk
I have downloaded my photos from my camera to my computer ... now how do I store them on disk? I am getting a new computer this weekend, and I don't want to lose my photos. Or, secondly, can they be sent to a developer to process???

11/5/2004 5:39:37 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member
gregorylagrange.org

member since: 11/11/2003
  You need a CD burner. Or, if you don't have a way to take them from your old computer to the new one, you can put them on a bunch of floppies and transfer to the new computer that way. There are places that you can email to and have them printed. I've never used them, though.

11/5/2004 11:03:19 AM

  Or if you have a USB port ... one of those little finger-size zip drive things that are fairly inexpensive depending on how many pics you have.

11/5/2004 6:55:26 PM

Kip T. Berger
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/20/2002
  Darcy, what are you doing with your old computer? I'd take the old hard drive and use it in the new computer as a slave/secondary HD. Then just drag or copy the pictures to the new drive. Then format the old drive and partition to use it solely for picture backup. This way, if the system crashes from the C drive, you'll still be able to hook up the D/secondary drive to another computer to access your pictures.

11/6/2004 10:02:10 AM

Scott Pedersen

member since: 11/18/2001
  You can get a cable that either plugs into your serial port or USB and transfer all your files over to the new computer. Your windows manual will have the details for that. Another way you could do it is to upload to online storage, this however would be slow depending on amount of data and if you use a dialup internet service. Of course you can just take the card out and bring it to a photofinisher to have them printed too. Just judging by your post, you don't seem to have too many pictures, just whats on the camera. You can also send them to an online photofinisher too. You really should have a way to back up your files either to a CD/DVD or different hard drive. If your new computer don't have one Tiger has burners and drives.

11/9/2004 4:33:54 AM

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Andrew Smith

member since: 7/16/2004
  3 .  Image Backup: DVD Versus CD-R
Is there any loss in image quality if I back up images on DVD compared to CD-R?

7/16/2004 11:01:53 AM

Wing Wong
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member since: 2/8/2004
  If you mean storing the files on DVD or on CDR, then no.
If you mean creating a DVD-movie slideshow, then yes.
The creation of a movie slide show shrinks the image down to about 720x520 pixels - basically, around 1MP. So you lose a lot of quality.
Simply storing your original files on a DVD to back them up does not affect the quality of the images.

7/16/2004 12:46:58 PM

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jacqueline mcabery

member since: 3/5/2004
  4 .  Are DVD's Permanent for Storage of Images?
What is the most permanent way to store images? If CD's fade and it is not possible to save all images on the hard drive, where can preserve them for future use? Are DVD's permanent?

5/27/2004 9:24:06 AM

Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/22/2002
  Not really, but they'll do for a while. ... There's a new type of DVD that will replace older ones called Blue Laser DVD - but the new machines will be able to read older DVD's. With constant change, nothing is permanent, but look at it this way: You can still find a means of playing an old 78rpm LP. So you should be able to do the same with the newer DVD technology.

5/29/2004 7:50:14 AM

Dave Cross

member since: 4/8/2004
  Hi Jacqueline: The discussions as to the longevity (or otherwise) of CDR/DVDR media are widespread and vary wildly in their predictions. Just try a Google search on "CDR life" to see what I mean. There is no doubt that CDRs (and DVDRs) fade with time, and unlike an old photograph, the data does not get "dimmer," because of its digital nature it works fine for a period and then, one day, it's unreadable.

Manufacturers offer "archival CDRs" with a life purported to be in excess of 100 years (assuming you use a high quality, properly calibrated drive to write them). The question is not whether the data will be readable 100 years down the line, it is whether the equipment to read it will be available. Yes, we can still play 78RPM records and project 1901 movie film, but try to find a working BetaMax VCR (fair chance), when you've got your BetaMax find a V2000 machine (a late '70s VCR format), pretty well no chance, and that is only 30 years old. In the late '80s, the BBC started the "Doomsday Project" in an effort to collect everything that mattered about the modern world, it was all stored on the latest technology (12 inch optical disks). Less than 20 years later millions of dollars have been spent "rescuing" the data because none of the original hardware survives. Look at:-
http://www.csa.com/hottopics/cyber/oview.html

There are two ways to guarantee that your pictures will be viewable in 100 years:-
1. Constantly migrate your data to the newer formats, say every 5 - 10 years.
OR
2. Make Silver-Halide prints (real photographs) from your digital masterpiece, stick them in an album like your parents did, and wind up your kids with them when they come round with their kids ...

Just my 2c ... Cheers.

By the way, Jacqueline ... make CD backups and renew them every couple of yers :-)

5/29/2004 9:30:16 AM

Marvin Swetzer

member since: 12/25/2003
  What is a 78rpm LP?

6/2/2004 12:32:19 AM

Dave Cross

member since: 4/8/2004
  Hi Marvin.
Totally off-topic ;-)

Remember the old 78RPM 'singles' were 10" in diameter. Well there were some 'long-play' 78s, 12" diameter.

I know the original post was a typo by Damian but '78RPM LPs' really did exist :-)

Like I said, totally off topic.

Cheers
DC

6/2/2004 4:55:32 AM

Marvin Swetzer

member since: 12/25/2003
  DC

I only knew of the 33 1/3 RPM LP's. I always bought 78's because the LP's only had a one or two good songs on them. Later, after they stopped making 78's, I would buy 45's. I don't remember the 78 LP's, but it maybe because I just never looked for them. I liked the 8-Track too. I thought they were better than the cassette.

Marvin

6/2/2004 12:10:18 PM

John A. Lind
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/27/2001
  Suddenly I'm feeling very old when someone asks what a 78 RPM record is. Thank goodness we're not talking the cylinders!

;-)

BTW . . . three major issues with CD's and DVD's made on burners commonly found in home computers:
1. Longevity of disk substrate (which is an equal issue with commmercially produced CD's and DVD's which are made differently). It eventually delaminates. Last I read, it's 10-20 years for CD.
2. Longevity of the recording on the substrate which is shorter for home computer burners than commmercially produced disks. It eventually degrades over time.
3. Longevity of the recording technology; file format (e.g. JPEG, TIFF) and the directory structure for the files (driven by operating system[s] in use when it was recorded). When any one of these technologies sunsets completely you're hosed unless you've saved a drive, O/S, etc. that can read it. BTW, this nearly happened with a U.S. Census that was on magnetic tape . . . the drives that could read them sunsetted and the U.S. Census bureau just barely managed to save the data by scrounging up some working ones and transferring the date (including its format) to a newer technology . . . and it was no small feat doing so. If I gave you a single-sided, single-density 8" floppy disk with data recorded on it with a Zilog Z80 microprocessor computer that used the CP/M operating system, would you be able to read it?

I can hold my father's Kodachromes made over 50 years ago up to a light and look at them . . . and they look like the day they came back from Kodak processing. Two generations from now, at the same age I am, they'll still be able to do it.

Greatest longevity photographic recording formats? B/W negative (real B/W, not the chromogenic which is like color negative) and Kodachrome . . . they still very greatly exceed anything else past or present.

-- John Lind

6/2/2004 6:53:51 PM

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Photography Question 
Melinda Wheeler

member since: 4/3/2001
  5 .  JPEG Files on CD
We all know that JPEG files degrade each time they are compressed and uncompressed. My question is: What happens if I burn them on a CD write and close the CD. My understanding is that once a CD is burned, the content cannot be changed. What happens with JPEGs in this situation? Would they not be like negatives that don't change however many times you open them, or am I wrong on the CD write process?

5/20/2004 5:28:46 AM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/18/2000
  It is my understanding that JPEGs compress only when "saved." You can open/close without saving and will not lose any data - same for copying. Copying the files does not invoke the JPEG compression scheme. With respect to data loss through compression, the storage media on which the file resides does not matter.

As an aside, however, there is some evidence that CD-Rs may be far less than "permanent" storage media. Depending on the CD-R maker and dye used for recording, some dyes can fade in a few years exposure to light/humidity, with resultant loss of data or files.

5/20/2004 6:51:28 AM

toni gashi

member since: 12/24/2003
  hello how are you do you have any photos for me

5/29/2004 12:09:54 PM

Nick Milton
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/25/2003
  get the elements book by scott kelby,hes say cdr make your digitl negatives,and once you have them adjust away,if it goes wrong come back to the cd,no loss of image.

jpegs only lose when saving changes,if you take your pic,adjust and save,you can view and print as often as you wish,providing you dont keep adjusting and saving.make as few adjsutments as possiblle.

www.nickmilton.tk

5/29/2004 3:33:13 PM

Derek Holyhead

member since: 12/26/2003
  Hi Jon C: I have CD-R's that are 5 years old and have no problems. Buy Verbatim, TDK or Sony and store them like you would your negatives. How long would negatives last if stored in a light humid environment? Not much longer, I suspect, so you don't store them in a light humid place! Same with your CD-R's. Regards.

5/30/2004 8:59:44 AM

Melinda Wheeler

member since: 4/3/2001
  Thanks for all of your reassurance! I am loving my new Digital Rebel and am saving 100's of images to C.D. I store them in a photo box in sleeves so hopefully they'll last at least a few years. This is an awesome forum and every newsletter is a learning experience.

6/1/2004 5:39:10 AM

Phillip Corcoran

member since: 12/10/2005
  Hi Melinda. Enjoy your photography, but if you can afford it get a DVD-writer (which can also write to CD when required). You'll get many more images on a blank single-sided DVD (the equivalent of nearly 7 CDs), so you'll have less discs to store and search through as your archive collection grows.

1/27/2006 7:50:42 AM

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Brinn MacDougall
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/2/2002
  6 .  Shelf Life of Smart-Media, Compact Flash Cards
Is there a shelf life of Compact Flash or Smart-Media cards? How many times can I use these cards before they lose "memory," or do they? I always re-format before using, but can they become degraded like VCR tapes? Thank you for your time.

4/21/2004 1:21:27 PM

Chris L. Hurtt

member since: 3/10/2003
  I don't know of any shelf life. They are not like tapes ... audio/video tapes and hard drives are all magnetic and require some type of movement (motor) to read/write. Flash memory involves chips with no moving parts.

4/21/2004 10:42:37 PM

Dave Cross

member since: 4/8/2004
  Hi Brinn. Flash memory does not have a "shelf life" as such (actually it does, but it's reckoned to be 100 years plus). Flash DOES have a rewrite life, I think it's in the region of 5,000 cycles (depends on a lot of factors), but even when this is exceeded it doesn't just "stop working," and the error correction system will mask these failures for a long time. Quick answer: Don't worry, and yes, re-format every time you empty your card :-)
WARNING. These figures do NOT apply to the "Microdrive" technology; these are real mechanical drives with much shorter life. Cheers.

4/22/2004 3:21:34 AM

Scott Pedersen

member since: 11/18/2001
  No Brinn, there is no shelf life on a flash card or media card. However, don't use them as permanent storage. Over time they will lose their data. If you leave it for a couple of years maybe even less it will happen. These are made to write to/read on a regular basis. Burn what you want to keep to a CD. It's also a good plan to back up your card to your computer hard drive or a CDRW. Hope that helps.

4/27/2004 4:34:29 AM

Gail Cimino

member since: 2/19/2003
  Reading this thread has raised a question for me, since I didn't know about re-formatting the memory card. Can someone tell me how to do it, or is this something that should be in my user manual? (I have a Kodak EasyShare DX6490). Thanks!

5/5/2004 2:20:50 PM

  Gail: Yes, you should frequently re-format any memory card ... using the camera NOT your computer while downloading images. Your owner's manual will tell you how to do that. I re-format whenever re-loading a memory card (after downloading images to my PC) to be absolutely safe. See:
http://www.kodak.com/global/en/service/tib/tib4386l.shtml

Cheers!

5/9/2004 8:38:54 AM

John Byers

member since: 3/2/2004
  Flash memory cells have a lifespan rating for the number of erase/write cycles: approximately 10,000 to 300,000, depending on semiconductor gate type [NOR or NAND]. Think of it as a piece of paper on which you write using a pencil, then erase, then write, then erase... Eventually, you will dig a hole in the page. If a 256MB card can typically store 250 pictures from a 4-megapixel camera (a conservative estimate), a 10,000 cycle rating combined with wear-leveling algorithms in the controller will enable the user to store and/or view approximately 2.5 million pictures within the expected useful life of the card. That number is far beyond the average number of photos taken by the typical user.

10/28/2004 9:41:53 AM

Brinn MacDougall
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/2/2002
  Thank you all for the answers..it seems to me like the quality goes down after many uses. Maybe it's just me..is there a way to clean them? Pulling them in and out of the camera, they appear to have scratching...thanks again!!

10/28/2004 3:28:50 PM

Pat Worster
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/21/2004
  I talked with the repair service about my Olympus c4000 and Smart Media card and he told me to use a pencil eraser to clean the cards. I have had no problems with my older cards since doing that.

1/13/2005 6:57:42 PM

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Photography Question 
Joy Fender

member since: 11/6/2005
  7 .  What Can Photoshop LE Do For This Picture?
 
  Maddie and Donna
Maddie and Donna
See my comments below
© Joy Fender
Canon PowerShot G3...
 
Obviously, the picture is overexposed (right term ?) in the upper portion where the sun is hitting the woman directly in the face. Is there something I could do in Photoshop LE to "fix" this? I am a complete newbie to Photoshop, so bear with me!

The shot was taken with a Canon G3 with the following settings:

Shooting Mode: Program AE
Shutter speed: 1/160
Aperature: 4.0
ISO Speed: Auto
White Balance: Auto

I basically let the camera decide what to do, realizing now that I should have probably set the ISO at 200 and the white balance to sunny.

8/21/2003 7:31:40 PM

doug Nelson
DougNelsonPhoto.com

member since: 6/14/2001
  Sometimes a digitally acquired image may be like a print from the drug store in that the information is there, but it doesn't show up. Many people try to bypass the imaging software step and print out of the camera or from the hard drive picture file. Many, if not most, images can benefit from some tweaking.

Go to Image/Image Adjust/Levels in PS LE. See if either of the end sliders needs to be moved over so that they touch the point where information is present in the histogram [where the black peaks begin to spike on the right or the left ends]. They may already be correct. Now move the middle slider so that it looks right to you.

Here's an alternative fix, not to be done in addition to Levels. If I remember correctly, LE has Curves under Image/Image Adjust. If so, click the cursor on that too light part of the face. You'll see a place indicated on the diagonal line. Grab that place with the cursor and move it up or down to see if that helps. If you value this image, SAVE an unworked original of it. There may be a way to do this that another reader might be able to tell us.

8/22/2003 5:35:04 AM

Jim Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
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Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  No Doug, you're answer is perfectly right... and thanks again for offering such great help. Let us know (with a visually example) how it goes, Joy ;)

8/25/2003 8:56:49 PM

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Patricia Marroquin
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  8 .  How Does a CF Card Get Corrupted?
Does anybody know what would make a Compact Flash card get corrupted? I was going through all my CF cards from my Alaska trip and was burning the photos onto a CD so I could clear the cards. I couldn't view the contents of one card; I got a prompt saying that the card was corrupted. I'm not sure at what point the card got corrupted -- at home after my trip or while I was on vacation. When I went through the security screening process at the airport, I asked that all my 800 exposed film be hand-inspected, which they did. I also tried to give the woman my CF cards to hand-inspect, but she said there was no need to hand-inspect them, so she gave them back to me and they went through the X-ray machine. No problems with any of the other cards, though. Just wondering if anyone knows what sorts of things could corrupt a card? Thanks, and my apologies if this has been asked.

6/14/2003 10:29:38 AM

Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/22/2002
  Patricia, here's some info I received the other day from a friend:

Feature: Vacation With a Digital Camera

Now that both school and the sun are out, our thoughts invariably turn to summer vacation. With luck, you've scheduled a week or two of downtime, which means you can hop on a plane and jet off somewhere for some well-deserved leisure. No matter where you go, though, be sure to pack your digital camera.

If you've ever traveled with a 35mm camera, you know about some of the hassles of traveling with photo gear. The prognosis for digital is mixed: It's better, and it's worse.

Radiation Woes

Digital cameras tend to be smaller and more rugged, so they pack more easily. You don't have to worry about damage from X-rays, either.

Since September 11, security systems at airports have been upgraded, and that means higher doses of radiation for baggage. That's bad news for 35mm film, which can cloud over when hit by X-rays. The Transportation Security Administration's official position is that the radiation exposures are not harmful to film below ISO 800. Some trips involve repeated exposures at multiple airports, however, which could add up to ruined vacation photos. It's your right to ask for a hand check; but good luck with that one! In my experience, many security guards are unwilling to perform hand checks, and some screeners--such as at airports overseas--don't speak English. Hand checks there are virtually impossible.

But if you've got a digital camera, you're in luck. Digital cameras and memory cards are unaffected by the metal detectors and X-rays used at airports. You can pack memory cards in your carry-on or your checked baggage and not worry about damage in transit. That's quite a relief when you're traveling with 100 once-in-a-lifetime images.

One caveat: Think twice before you send CompactFlash media by mail. The CompactFlash Association warns that that mailing the cards can result in permanent damage from the irradiation process used by the U.S. Postal Service to sanitize the mail. You can find the CFA's alert at:
http://www.compactflash.org/pr/020107b.pdf

Security Concerns

But just because you don't have to worry about X-rays doesn't mean you're out of the woods. Not yet. When you travel with a digital camera, be prepared to demonstrate that it works. The more exotic and less camera-like it is in appearance, the more likely a security guard may ask you to turn it on and take a picture with it.

It's a good idea to take your camera's batteries out when you pack it, especially if you place it in checked luggage--otherwise, jostling in transit can accidentally turn on your camera, draining its batteries. It's okay to put the batteries nearby; I pack batteries in plastic bags near the camera so they're easy to access.

Finally, remember that security screeners now have authority to open your luggage behind closed doors, even when you're not present. These examinations may eventually be videotaped; for now, however, such invasions of privacy are not monitored. Be sure you write down the serial number of your digital camera and know exactly what you put in checked luggage--camera, accessories, memory cards, and so on. As a diver, I've already heard stories about expensive gear disappearing on some international flights, so it pays to be careful with your camera as well.

6/14/2003 2:51:23 PM

Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/22/2002
  Let me add the source of this information:

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6/14/2003 2:56:11 PM

  Damian, thanks so much for this helpful information. I think I'm safe in assuming now that the security process didn't corrupt my card. But I'm still wondering what did. If anybody has any other ideas as to how my card could have gotten corrupted, please let me know. Thanks much!

6/15/2003 8:56:56 AM

Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/22/2002
  Did you check the card in the camera or a different card reader (I'm assuming you're downloading from a card reader) to see if you can view any of the images/data?

It's rare, but the card could have gone bad.... good luck!

DPG

6/15/2003 9:13:07 AM

  Hi Damian, Yes I tried viewing the card while in the camera but it says "error." Guess I just had a card go bad. Oh well, I'm not sure but I think I hadn't used that card while on vacation. Appreciate your help and suggestions.

6/15/2003 9:16:36 AM

Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/22/2002
  Before you toss the card, you may want to format it with your camera and see if you can get some images from it...

I get error messages from time to time with my smart media cards, and format them again with the camera and they seem to work fine after that.

I've also noticed and the amount of storage seems to go down after moving images from the card and that I need to reformat them with the camera to regain this space...

6/15/2003 8:50:23 PM

  Damian, a belated thank you for this suggestion. It worked! Before you suggested this, I had tried to reformat my card on the computer while it sat in my card reader. It didn't work. But when you suggested I reformat it in the camera, I tried that and it worked! Thanks for helping me save my card from the trash. :-)

6/20/2003 8:47:12 AM

Tim Devick

member since: 11/28/2000
  I can't explain how your CF card got corrupted, it does seem to happen occasionally. I rented a digital SLR one weekend and while I was taking pictures it simply decided the card was corrupt. I couldn't take any more pictures to the card, so I loaded a different card and went on. I took the corrupt card home and ran a file recovery program on it (I've been using a program called Digital Picture Recovery I bought over the internet) and it was able to read the card and recover the images. I highly recommend getting some sort of digital picture recovery software (they're pretty inexpensive) so you can retrieve your images from a corrupt card if it happens again. Next time I go on a big vacation and take the digital camera, I plan to take a laptop and the digital picture recovery software.

6/24/2003 9:01:36 PM

Wing Wong
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/8/2004
  Some possible reasons why cards get corrupted:

- pulling card out while write still in progress
- batteries running low while card being accessed(read or write)
- software "hiccup" while in camera or computer
- fat16 and fat32 issues(only affects cards larger than 2GB)
- some cards behave slightly differently(different timings) and depending on the camera and the reader, the card may not be readable in some cases or may be corrupted in others.

There are card reading software like imagerescue or image doctor. Lexar pro cards come with a copy of image rescue on it and can be used to recovery corrupt card data.

2/8/2004 11:12:20 PM

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Greg P. Lee

member since: 7/16/2002
  9 .  Saving stills on cd
Does anybody know know how to make video cd's from stills?
A friend of mine told me of this and I have tried to no avail.
The result I am looking for is a video cd that plays a slide show on a DVD player or any pc.
I know you have to convert the jpg to mpeg and then burn the cd.
i can do any of these steps seperately but when I try to put it all together it gets ugly.

Greg

9/5/2002 8:03:30 PM

doug Nelson
DougNelsonPhoto.com

member since: 6/14/2001
  I know of one way to make slide shows on CD. It allows you to add music as well. You just enter a whole file of your uncompressed JPEGs and drag and drop them into the order you want in a contact sheet format. The music background can be WAV or MP3. Look at flipalbum.com. This is not the easiest program to use when it comes to fine-tuning things such as the album cover, but there's a good forum and help desk for problems. Anyone know of other programs that do this? FlipAlbum CD is about $50.

9/6/2002 8:08:41 AM

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