Well I salvaged some . . . . . turned out the USB reader I was using wasn't too good and upon trying a different reader I then got the stick to be recognised.
I can access some but not all of the images and it was stopping me copying them over on certain images (using copy/paste), but some I could view in image viewer and I tried saving one and it worked.
I'll try photorec again tonight first now that I can get the stick to mount and see if that works, otherwise it looks like I'll have to try opening/saving them one at a time?
I think the card must be well on its way to failing as one or two of the images I opened only had like a bit of sky at the top of the picture and the rest must have been unreadable so
I'm figuring there are corrupt sectors on it or something, I got a prompt to skip while trying to copy/paste but it hung when i attempted to use the skip function.
Any other suggestions out there feel free to throw them in for a try later
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