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  • #31
    Really sorry to hear, good luck recovering your footage. Hopefully I'm not jinxing myself, but I recently wrapped a feature on the BMCC using the 480gb and 240gb drives, and had no problems. I used a few different docks, but always made sure the camera/dock was powered down before I inserted or removed it (which was a pain in the ass for me, because my camera wouldn't turn back on half the time, but that's a different issue). Always offloaded to my MBP Retina or the DIT's Retina.

    You probably just got a lemon drive (which sucks). Unfortunately that's a price we pay with technology, and I learned it the hard way when I couldn't get my BMCC to come on in front of one of my biggest clients.
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    • #32
      Originally posted by Cory Braun View Post
      ...because my camera wouldn't turn back on half the time...
      Cory, I've had this happen twice. It just wouldn't turn back on. Both times I had recently powered it down and when I try to power it back up, nothing. After several minutes, I try again and it turns on. From your experience, have you found a way to avoid this or get it to come back on? Anyone else experience this problem?

      In another thread somebody mentioned holding the power button down for a very long time.

      Neither time it happened was critical for me, but I immediately thought, "what if this happens with a client?"
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      • #33
        Originally posted by Andrew View Post
        Cory, I've had this happen twice. It just wouldn't turn back on. Both times I had recently powered it down and when I try to power it back up, nothing. After several minutes, I try again and it turns on. From your experience, have you found a way to avoid this or get it to come back on? Anyone else experience this problem?

        In another thread somebody mentioned holding the power button down for a very long time.

        Neither time it happened was critical for me, but I immediately thought, "what if this happens with a client?"
        Yea, holding the power button down for 30 seconds usually worked, but not always. Recently, I've only shut down the camera if I need to (mainly just to switch SSDs). I'll even just let it run through lunch so that I know that it will work. As soon as we wrapped the feature, I sent my camera out to blackmagic, and I'm currently waiting to hear back. I'll let you know what they tell me.
        My most recent short: http://vimeo.com/39867336
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        • #34
          Roman, This may seem a bit too obvious but have you looked at the physical condition of the drive. checked that all the contacts power/data are still good. Not bent or missing.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Bluntforce View Post
            Roman, This may seem a bit too obvious but have you looked at the physical condition of the drive. checked that all the contacts power/data are still good. Not bent or missing.
            Drive is all good physically / superficially speaking. Contacts look great and it's been pretty well cared for, no abuse etc.

            Thanks everyone for opinions / support... it's been hard keeping my mind on shooting... potentially losing the footage is starting to wear on me; never had to deal with something like this before when it wasn't my own project. Pretty scary...

            I'm gonna try an actual data lab here in Seattle tomorrow, so I'll see what they have to say.
            Test footage Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/romanalaivi

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            • #36
              Good luck Roman! We're all rooting for you.
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              • #37
                Originally posted by Fluoro View Post
                Good luck Roman! We're all rooting for you.
                x10
                Darren Scott
                Freelance Director/Director of Photography


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                • #38
                  I have had OCZ drives go into "panic" mode where it locks itself on my clevo. It was only one week old. Exactly same symptoms, not detectable in windows or bios. It ended up being a widespread issue with OCZ SSD's and their controllers not being compatible with that particular clevo machine. My issue wasn't BMCC related but I do suspect your SSD might have gone into "panic" lock. maybe try contacting sandisk to see if they have some sort of recovery proceedure to unlock it.

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                  • #39
                    If this has already been talked about then I'm sorry, I sorta skimmed through this. Have you at least looked to see if your 480 sandisk registers in your DISK UTILITY? My 480 sandisk randomly stopped being registered on my camera when I powered it on and off during a shoot. After that my mac wouldn't show the SSD on the computer except on disk utility where it said it need repairs but gave the dreaded "your disk is ffed message." I say all of this to see if your disk wasn't even read on disk utility and the problem was beyond mine or if it was rather similar. Either way, I stopped using the SSD with the GOFLEX adapter as a read a few articles connecting the problem to those two items together. Someone saying the fact that there is no external power coming from the goflex adapter might be screwing with the SSD?

                    Just thought I'd share my similar problems. It's freaking terrifying thinking your footage could just vanish at any second.
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                    • #40
                      I highly recommend trying testdisk, it is available for most systems and could also be ran of a Linux live CD or USB stick for times when Windows are adding to your troubles. It can amongst many things recover partitions and restore the headers, or even just extract data of lost partitions or even deleted files. It supports exfat and a wealth of other partitions as well. I've seen it recover the majority of data of a memory card that died after a moist jungle trip and even resurrecting dead raids.

                      It is a fabulous tool and free. If you go for the Linux route you can also find several superb data recovery apps, some developed for military but are free and publicly available.
                      Haavard Helle

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                      • #41
                        By the way, some nice and flashy software that a automatically fixes your partitions sometimes can do more damage than good, that's why I'd recommend testdisk. It might be more advanced to use, but it does not do anything you don't want it to.
                        Also, ddrescue is a powerful tool as well for recovering data.
                        Haavard Helle

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                        • #42
                          Any update roman, fingers crossed

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                          • #43
                            No good news?
                            EF-BMCC 1300x00 - the lucky one

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Wuudi View Post
                              No good news?
                              Not really. The director sent the drive to a lab, but so far nothing has been recoverable. They were extremely vauge as to the actual issue with the drive-- something to the effect of the actual chip is bad and not the controller. So.... yeah, no more 480's for me. What an absolutely gut wrenching mistake. It works perfect... until it doesn't.

                              So then... we'll send it off to one other lab and cross our fingers yet again... but it doesn't look good.
                              Test footage Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/romanalaivi

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                              • #45
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