Windows 10: Memory Card Mystery

  1.    25 Nov 2016 #1

    Memory Card Mystery

    I loaded a digital camera with a LExar SD card I had previously used in a Sony voice recorder. When I've done this at other times with other cameras, the camera added a DCIM folder and put its images there. But this time, when I transferred the card to my desktop PC's reader. it found only the Sony directories (the audio files had already been removed). But the images were on the card, as I saw when I put it back in the camera.

    I then loaded the card into my Thinkpad's SD slot and easily copied the photos to the laptop. Then I formatted the card in the camera and copied the images back from the Thinkpad. The camera confirmed the images were there--but now my desktop PC can't detect the card at all!

    Any suggestions?
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       25 Nov 2016 #2

    You've done what I'd do so the suggestion exists that the card reader/slot in your Desktop has an issue. What I'd do next is shut down the Desktop, reach behind it and pull out the power cord, let set for a bit, plug it back in, start up and try the card again, sometimes things get a little out of whack and that process has usually worked for me. I do keep an inexpensive pocketable USB card reader on hand to try reading the card a different way, mine was $10 at local Wal*Mart a year ago.
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  3.    26 Nov 2016 #3

    Half the mystery solved itself: a software glitch had somehow led my PC to ignore the reader; rebooting fixed that.

    HOWEVER, although I had reformatted this card in my camera and copied my photo files onto it, the reader on my desktop still showed only the Sony recorder folders, nothing from the camera!
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  4.    26 Nov 2016 #4

    Mystery deepens: With no SD card in the reader, This PC claims to see one, and clicking on it shows t he Sony file structure. Using Safely Remove to tell the PC it's not there yields a message that I can't do that because some Windows program is accessing it.

    Attempting to format the phantom card, I get a message that I can't because it's being accessed by another program, then a message that formatting is complete. The SDHC still shows up in This PC, but now shows as empty.
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