The "CARD ERROR !" message suddenly appeared on my Olympus e500 screen and now I can't take or play back pictures.
The "CARD ERROR !" message is displayed on a digital camera when the camera cannot recognize the recording media (Smart Media or XD-Picture Card) due to a media fault such as a format error or soiled contact surfaces.
Any Olympus camera error message that contains the word "card" almost certainly is referring to the memory card or the memory card slot. If the compartment that seals the battery and memory card area is not completely closed, you'll receive a "Card Cover" error message. If you believe the problem is with the memory card itself, try using the card with a different device to determine whether it is malfunctioning. If another device can read the card in question, the problem might be with your camera and in that case you need to retrieve photos from digital camera. Try another card in the camera to see whether the camera is malfunctioning.
Once you are confirmed that it’s a memory card fault not any technical glitch with camera. The error message is your cameras way of giving clue regarding how to fix Olympus e500 card error problem.
Say you found a way to fix the card error problem, but will you be able to recover all those captured photos? The answer is no, at least manually you can not retrieve any photo from a deleted or formatted memory card.
When something goes wrong with your Olympus e500 DSLR camera, don't panic. Olympus Photo Recovery software is the perfect answer for your entire question regarding card and camera errors. If you have lost or deleted photos from your Olympus digital camera then you just need to download this software to your computer. If you are able to connect the camera to your computer then it’s good, but in case you are not then you need to pick out that memory card from your camera and insert it through a card reader. Reasons behind losing or deletion of photos may be anything such as intentional or unintentional deletion, image loss due to abrupt pulling of Olympus XD. card, Olympus camera card is formatted with an unsupported file system or an Olympus XD picture card read / write error. For all this critical issues, Olympus photo recovery software is the perfect solution for all Olympus digital camera photo recovery problems.Using this tool, you can easily recover video files from Olympus XD card.
Supported in both Windows and Mac platform is also compatible for recovering file from file systems such as FAT32, NTFS, EXFAT, EXT2, EXT3, HFS etc. although for SD card , CF card or Olympus XD card , this tool uses specifically build algorithm based on digital logic to recover the deleted or lost photo.
Step 1: Download and install software on your computer and then launch it. After that select “Recover Drives” option as shown in figure 1.
Figure 1: Main Screen
Step 2: From second screen of tool you need to select appropriate recovery option to proceed with Card Error recovery as shown in figure 2.
Figure 2: Select Formatted/Reformatted Recovery Option
Step 3: Select your corrupted xD card from this screen to perform Card Error recovery as shown in figure 3.
Figure 3: Select Card
Step 4: Once the recovery process is over you can easily preview recovered files as shown in figure 4.
Figure 4: Preview Card Data