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memory card in salt water for 27 hours

Jason P , Sep 28, 2006; 11:55 a.m.

Im on vacation in Italy and was out kayaking and droped my cannon sd550, with a 2gb sd memeory card, into the ocean accidently. Luckly I was able to find a scuba diver to get it for me today and he found it 22 meters down. I dont care about the camera but I have about 500 pictures from the past three weeks of my vacation on the memory card. I rinsed the memory card in fresh water and it is drying now. What I'm wondering is how do I go about getting my pictures off the card? Is this something I can do my self or am I better off paying a data recovery expert to retrieve them? The pictures are very important to me so the cost isn't an issue. Let me know what you think.




Edward Ingold , Sep 28, 2006; 01:24 p.m.

Stick it in a card reader and try. Dollars to doughnuts, it will read just fine. If not, put it in a lingery bag and run it through a wash cycle, sans detergent. I've had two go through with no damage, after drying a week or so (as a precaution after going through the dryer too). That will get the salt and crud out of the contacts. You have nothing to lose.

I'm not sure I would use this card again on an important trip or job.

Nick Edwards , Sep 28, 2006; 06:43 p.m.

the real danger comes if theres dissimilar metals exposed to salt water which will cause corrosion. Most of the circuitry inside should be protected with a coating leaving only the gold plated contacts exposed. I'd give the contacts a rub with a cloth (possibly some brasso lightly if they look corroded) just to shine them up and put it in a card reader

John Schroeder , Sep 29, 2006; 12:37 p.m.

Just wash the card off in tap water, let it dry for a day. Then read it with a card reader. It should be fine. Working in a camera store I'm constantly forgetting SD/CF cards in my pants pockets and later finding them in my dryer. I havn't lost one yet.

David Eicher , Oct 01, 2006; 12:21 a.m.

I would be surprised if it lasted 5 minutes in Salt Water. Let alone 27. I will be waiting to hear your report.

Jason P , Oct 02, 2006; 11:52 a.m.

Thank you everyone for your replies. I was able to check my card today and every picture was still on there.


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