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JChance

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Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« on: March 21, 2016, 11:58:57 PM »
Hey everyone! I was shooting a documentary with my Canon 70D with ML on the Sandisk Extreme 128 GB Memory card and once it got full it said "Card cannot be accessed" I was wondering if there was a way to recover the MLV files? This is super important and I would love if it was possible.

please, please tell me its possible. I've attempted to use data recovery programs, but none of them support MLV files returning.

Walter Schulz

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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2016, 12:12:21 AM »
Is the card detected by your OS if inserted into cardreader?

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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2016, 12:23:28 AM »
The card is detected, but just says it Cannot be accessed and I have the options of "Initializing (which brings up Disk utility), Ignore, or eject.

When I use traditional data recovery it shows up as well. Even on the camera it says the card is unable to be accessed.

Walter Schulz

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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2016, 12:28:40 AM »
Give Photorec running under OS X or Linux a chance. Both OSs do have options to mount "unreadable" cards and Photorec supports MLV recovery.
Google will come up with some hints to do this. If unable to find a solution come back here.

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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2016, 02:21:13 AM »
Walter, you have saved my ass and helped me on so many occassions. I want you to know that you are so appreciated for all of the crazy amazing things you do!

will definitely give it a go

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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2016, 03:34:50 AM »
So photorec recovered them, but there seems to be no data on them? I cannot play them with MLrawviewer?  This is how they show up (much smaller than actual mlv files?) or.. when they  do happen to play from MLrawviewer they are just black screens.

This is how they show up


Maybe I picked the wrong directory? It's on my SD card so I don't know if thats ex2 or rdisk or what any of that means...

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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2016, 04:49:46 AM »
Did you try them in 'paranoid mode' yet as that has helped me previously...
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JChance

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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2016, 05:46:45 PM »
Still extremely small 1.6mb files. Even with Paranoid (bruteforce mode) enabled

I'm a bit confused on the options to select, maybe thats it?

When I put my SD Card in there's rdisk1 and rdisk2, then it asks for No partition or NTFS etc. and I select No partition (whole disk). After that it asks ex1/ex2 or FAT,etc and I choose the FAT,etc. option

Is there a set plan on what to options to choose for corrupted Sandisk 128 GB memory cards?

Walter Schulz

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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2016, 06:35:34 PM »
Canon supports FAT file systems only.
Try again.

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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2016, 07:15:34 PM »
I selected the FAT etc. option each time. Does it matter if i select Partition or no partition? Furthermore does it matter if I selected Rdisk1 or rdisk2?

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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2016, 07:36:43 PM »
There is a Step-by-Step instruction covering most of your issues:
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec_Step_By_Step

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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2016, 11:56:26 PM »
I tried all of that and all of the videos are still coming out extremely small

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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2016, 02:15:10 AM »
I've had this happened to me on several occasions as well and reached out the developer on this very exact issues to no avail.

He replied back and said to use the Paranoid mode which I did and still didn't help so not sure what's to do at this point.
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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2016, 03:41:47 PM »
This is really disheartening, should I just format the memory card and call it a loss?

There was 128 GB worth of documentary footage on it :/

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Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2016, 05:45:23 PM »
Not sure yet. That's basically what I had to do with mine stuff even tho I had already rendered them earlier and held onto the DNG's but I like to archive MLV's.

Have you tried writing an email to the developer yet? Sometimes having more than one person reporting the same so called "bug" with the 1.6MB for each recovered MLV's may give him a good reason(s) to take a look into it.

Wouldn't hurt to try.
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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2016, 06:19:34 PM »
Sent him a message, hoping for the best.

Thanks everyone. Hopefully we can get a concrete answer from this

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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2016, 09:12:48 PM »
I was able to restore my MLV files from my SD cards on multiple occasions by selecting "Initialize" when the option appears, and "repair disk" in Disk Utility. Then I simply re-insert the SD card, and then they are accessible. This has always worked for me in my case.

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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2016, 08:56:06 AM »
ill definitely try it out! Thank you!

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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2016, 11:31:19 PM »
HA! IT WORKED! IT WORKED!

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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2016, 02:36:40 AM »
Glad to hear man!
I freaked out when I first ran into this issue, as I shot a full day's worth of an important project (knowing full well of the inherent risks to begin with of course), but it's nice to know there is this fail-safe for this particular issue.

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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #20 on: April 07, 2016, 09:09:38 AM »
It's extremely pleasing to know that the fix is so easy as well!

Can we update ML's troubleshooting with this info? It can help many shooters! Instead of photorec (which doesn't really work) you can do this method trouble-free

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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2016, 06:31:47 PM »
Nice to know and thanks for sharing this info guys. Totally agreed that this should be included to ML troubleshooting re: OS X.
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Re: Recovering MLV Files From corrupt Memory Card?
« Reply #22 on: October 14, 2017, 06:59:30 PM »
hi JChance,
i hope I'm not too late! Photorec is good solution, you should check this app. TestDisk is another option (but there is no GUI). Good luck!