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SD card won't read, how do I recover files?

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So my friend has an SD card with pictures on it from when he proposed to his girlfriend that are super important to him, but it all of a sudden started to say "damaged SD card" when he inserts it into his HTC Hero. I tried to put it into my computer via a reader and it won't show up at all (I have 2 other SD cards at home that work fine on the reader, so it's not that). I am convinced the SD card is probably damaged beyond repair, but would like to recover the pictures at any cost. Any idea how to recover them without my computer being able to even recognize the card?
    
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This or this, one is software based and you do it at home, the other you'll need to send the card in.

One costs a few bucks, the other costs a few hundred normally, it does for hard drives anyway
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This or this, one is software based and you do it at home, the other you'll need to send the card in.

One costs a few bucks, the other costs a few hundred normally, it does for hard drives anyway
Doesn't your computer need to recognize the card for the software to work at all?
    
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you would think that the computer would have to recognise the card for the software to be able to try and read it. The only way to know is download it and try it out you never know it might work otherwise you are left with sending it in and paying to see if they can get the data off it. Good Luck
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you would think that the computer would have to recognise the card for the software to be able to try and read it. The only way to know is download it and try it out you never know it might work otherwise you are left with sending it in and paying to see if they can get the data off it. Good Luck
For anyone who has ever flashed Xbox360 Dvd drives sure know the OS does NOT have to 'fully' recognize a piece of hardware to communicate with it. First when you attach a Hitachi xbox360 drive, you have to send it a signal through software to set it in 'mode B' so the OS recognizes it, but most obviously at some level the DVD drive connected through the SATA port had to of been recognized as something.

I assume the software does something like what I just explained, just because Windows doesn't 'show' it to you doesn't mean it still doesn't 'see' it. I'd give the software a try unless it costs something, could prolly find a free one.
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