SDMMC Camera is not Recognized in Mac iPhoto or Image Capture

Some Macintosh computer systems support using a digital camera using SD/MMC card in two modes: ‘Digital Camera’ mode and ‘Disk Drive’ mode. At times, when try to use the camera using SD/MMC card in ‘Digital Camera’, it is not recognized by iPhoto or Image Capture. To solve such behavior, you might need to reformat the digital SD/MMC card and use backup to restore the lost files. But sometimes, you observe certain issues while restoring from backup or the backup is not available. To cope up with such situations, you should use Photo Recovery application to recover the lost files efficiently.

For an instance, consider that you perform following sequence of steps:

You connect your digital camera that uses SD/MMC card to a Macintosh computer in ‘Disk Drive’ mode

You switch to ‘Digital Camera’ mode and observe that the camera is no longer recognized by iPhoto or Image Capture

Similar behavior is also observed if you use FireWire or USB card reader to connect the SD/MMC card to your Macintosh computer and try to switch to ‘Digital Camera’ mode.

Solution

To prevent such errors from occurring, you should continue using the camera in ‘Disk Drive’ mode. You can then successfully access it through iPhoto or Image Capture. However, to solve the existing problem of the SD/MMC card, follow these steps:

Connect the camera in ‘Disk Drive’ mode or use FireWaire or USB card reader to access the card.

Backup all the files to your system

Use your digital camera to reformat the card.

Note: A digital camera using SD/MMC card uses different protocols in different modes so that to communicate with the Macintosh system. But it can only be accessed through Desktop, when connected in ‘Disk Drive’ mode.

After reformatting the SD/MMC card, sometimes you observe that backup is not valid and couldn’t provide the required results. In such situations, you are suggested to use Digital Photo Recovery products to recover them. Photo Recovery utilities are competent tools to scan a logically crashed media using powerful scanning algorithms. Also, they provide interactive user interface that allows easy implementation.

Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery is a reliable, fast and comprehensible recovery tool for recovering lost digital files from all types of digital cameras, memory cards, hard drives and USB flash drives. Using non-destructive scanning algorithms, this Digital Photo Recovery tool restores all the data safely. The tool is available for both Windows and Macintosh systems.

Andrew Watson has 6 Years of Experience in the Software Technology researching with Stellar Info. System Ltd which offers image recovery software and drive wipe.

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