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jacobsen1
08-01-2008, 09:42 AM
This has come up a few times and it's pretty easy to deal with if you know how/what to do. Say you're out shooting and have a fullish card. You go to delete one image to make some space, but somehow you end up wiping the ENTIRE card clean. :eek: PANIC!!! OMG, I'M DEAD!!!! :diaf: I'm sure we've all done it, some of us just moved on with life and forgot about those shots. But sometimes you really NEED what's on the card right?

Well here's what you do.
1)REMOVE THE CARD, DO NOT SHOOT ON IT ANYMORE!!!
yes, if this is you're only card, you're SOL, but you need to decide if what was on it is worth more than what you'll be shooting AFTER the incident if you only have one card...

2) Then go home and get some recovery software. Google is your friend here. If you're using Sandisk extreme cards they come with free software. There are a bunch of options out there that are all free to DL, just google memory card recovery utilities (http://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&channel=s&hl=en&q=memory+card+recovery+utilities&btnG=Google+Search) if you need help finding one.

3) DL/Install/Run the program, that's IT!!!

How/why does this work? When you erase a memory card it doesn't actually erase the data. It basically just removes the pointers to the files that were/are there. The files are still there, the camera/normal programs just can't see them. If you do shoot after the fact, you will still be able to recover some shots from the card. But which ones? Who knows, it's a total crapshoot. Also, it can be fun to run these programs on a card you've used for a while just for fun. You'll have the program already, "just in case" and you can see how they work. It's always interesting to see which images are left in an older card when you run the recovery tool.

if you didn't find any good software with step 2, try here: http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=670801

tbert
08-01-2008, 09:46 AM
:lobster:?

marcus.raw
08-01-2008, 02:42 PM
this method works for harddrives as well, except you can go back even after the disk has been rewritten on. on most disks you can see 30 layers of data. software can be obtained to write on a hard disk of bogus info for 100 layers if you ever felt compelled of disposing a harddrive with sensitive material on it

jacobsen1
08-01-2008, 02:59 PM
^ yeah, that works with cards too if you're willing to pay for it. :lol:

ModernMuseum
11-08-2008, 11:12 PM
Btw, I have software for this. PM me if you're ever in a bind. It works on cards, drives, pen drives, etc etc.

jacobsen1
03-16-2009, 10:29 AM
bump for teh stupid. :wave:

subimatt
03-16-2009, 10:30 AM
:lol: for some reason I thought there was another Matt joke in here aside from :lobster:

CaityB
03-16-2009, 10:33 AM
:lol: The one time I search for something and don't fail miserably, you make it easy and bump the thread.

Thanks Matt :)

Idjiit
03-16-2009, 10:35 AM
4) Buy a camera that doesn't tie the functionality of deleting a single image with the function for deleting all images. :p

Pedro
05-27-2009, 10:43 PM
this could have come in handy before. Great info bump

marcus.raw
06-25-2009, 09:10 PM
anyone know of a free application?

s7khan
08-23-2009, 02:39 AM
If anyone has used any sort of program here...can you let me know the name, and if possible, send me the file location asap?

s7khan
08-23-2009, 02:56 AM
*Update*

I have installed a couple of programs, but I still need a list of programs that people use for this purpose.

My problem right now is that Windows is seeing my camera as a Removable Storage. According to the data recovery software, it has to be a 'mass storage device' so that it can be assigned a drive letter. Canon is completely useless when I search google for figuring out an answer, anyone has any tips here?

kensington
08-23-2009, 08:28 AM
*Update*

My problem right now is that Windows is seeing my camera as a Removable Storage. According to the data recovery software, it has to be a 'mass storage device' so that it can be assigned a drive letter.

A USB card reader should solve that problem, basic ones can be had pretty cheap. Good luck.

s7khan
08-23-2009, 11:23 AM
Gonna pick one up today

*Fingers crossed*

s7khan
08-23-2009, 04:51 PM
So far 150 pictures found.

Wondering which pictures they are..

Idjiit
08-23-2009, 04:55 PM
Yeah, the bummer is sorting through all the photos. You usually get a ton of crap along with the stuff you actually needed.

s7khan
08-23-2009, 04:59 PM
Almost done....a little bit aprehensive now

s7khan
08-23-2009, 05:03 PM
Perfect...it's asking me to pay for this.

jacobsen1
08-23-2009, 08:03 PM
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=670801

s7khan
08-23-2009, 08:37 PM
I used another software. Was able to recover almost all pictures from that night :banana:

Will write up about it tomorrow

Jayso
08-23-2009, 08:54 PM
I used another software. Was able to recover almost all pictures from that night :banana:

Will write up about it tomorrow


congrats.

kensington
08-23-2009, 10:14 PM
Glad to hear it

nukaidee
09-27-2009, 08:04 PM
Hi. If any of you guys are geekish enough. Linux has a free utility called dd... it does image recovery free fast and really easy. If you don't know about it, if you have any friends that use linux they should be able to do it for you. I managed to pull back 100% of my photos that I reformatted on a 4gb sd in less than 30 min.

cdvma
12-13-2009, 08:11 PM
I just deleted some PAD files by accident from the card. Currently running PhotoRec (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec) on the card. Good free utility if you don't mind textual interfaces. I'll post when its done to see what it recovered.

Saad, what did you end up using to recover your data?

cdvma
12-13-2009, 10:04 PM
So PhotoRec does pretty well! It recovered two of the three shots I was looking for. In total it pulled 181 images off the card and some other files that look like they should be .nef but it labeled as other file types since they probably are a bit cut off.

The weird thing is that it recovered a TON of text, JavaScript and HTML files that are from all sorts of weird places like Macys.com, Google Videos, Dell, online labor management software ect...like someone used this card before I got it (but it was brand new and from Adorama). Some timestamps inside the files are from before the card was sold...fing weird! Makes me want to "recover" a brand new one from SanDisk.

DotPhotog
05-22-2010, 09:45 AM
I took 400 picture on a trip to Lake Tahoe, CA this winter and reformated my card by accident sitting down, waiting at the airport. I freaked out then found out for about $20 you download software to fix it. It was very easy and only took a couple minutes. Good thread!

jacobsen1
09-23-2010, 02:54 PM
bump for tyler!

s7khan
09-23-2010, 04:07 PM
Steps to recover pictures

1) Like Ben said, DO NOT TAKE PICTURES WITH THAT CARD. Don't format it, don't do anything with it until you're ready. Just put it down.
2) Get a card reader. I don't know about Nikons, but with Canon's, if you leave a card inside a camera and let it run, Windows recognizes the camera, not a seperate HDD, this is important for the software.
3) Put the card into the card reader, launch the recovery program*. Select the drive that you want to recover (confirm this through 'Computer')
4) Wait...this part takes a few hours depending on the size of the card and speed of your computer/card reader
5) Files should be recovered once completed. I took 4 pictures on a card that previously held close to 400 pictures. I got about 98% of those original pictures

Recovery program: I uploaded the software on Ken's ftp. Check pip for details on how to access it

Good luck!

jacobsen1
09-23-2010, 04:10 PM
Recovery program: I uploaded the software on Ken's ftp. Check pip for details on how to access it

Good luck!

thanks Saad. Any chance one of you can add the name of which specific software it was, his site is blocked for me at work.

s7khan
09-23-2010, 04:23 PM
thanks Saad. Any chance one of you can add the name of which specific software it was, his site is blocked for me at work.

Don't remember the software name and it's not mentioned on the exe file. Just says card recovery. I'll download it later when I get a chance

jacobsen1
08-15-2011, 10:19 AM
bump for KC.

KC
08-15-2011, 10:31 AM
Yeah. Thanks. I found this thread yesterday but was just looking for the pgm that khan put on the FTP that's no longer there. ;)

--kC

jacobsen1
08-15-2011, 10:36 AM
did you try here?

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=670801

KC
08-15-2011, 10:47 AM
Yeah. Ayt first glance, most of those charge too from the short amount of time I devoted to trying stuff yesterday. Going to give photorec a shot tonight.

--kC

jacobsen1
08-15-2011, 10:53 AM
ugh. Well, when you DO find something good/free, PLEASE POST A LINK!!! :lol: :diaf:

KC
08-15-2011, 04:27 PM
Photorec wouldn't see the images. :(

However, in inserting and reinserting the card into my CF reader, LR3 opened and sees the images!! I placed the reader very gently on the desk and let it import the photos...

Must be a bad connection in this 32GB card. :unamused: It's solid state dammit! Shouldn't be anything "loose!"

Oh, and found this while files were being downloaded on Transcend's site: http://www.transcendusa.com/Products/RecoveRXTool/RecoveRXTool.asp :)

--kC

jacobsen1
08-15-2011, 05:34 PM
Must be a bad connection in this 32GB card. :unamused: It's solid state dammit! Shouldn't be anything "loose!"


yeah, my 16gb card jiggles a bit... :huh:

Bone
01-15-2012, 06:53 PM
Photorec wouldn't see the images. :(

However, in inserting and reinserting the card into my CF reader, LR3 opened and sees the images!! I placed the reader very gently on the desk and let it import the photos...

Must be a bad connection in this 32GB card. :unamused: It's solid state dammit! Shouldn't be anything "loose!"

Oh, and found this while files were being downloaded on Transcend's site: http://www.transcendusa.com/Products/RecoveRXTool/RecoveRXTool.asp :)

--kC

your link no worky.... I'm using the photorec software right now, it seem to be seeing all the files. I'm going to see how it works after it finishes.....

Bone
01-15-2012, 07:02 PM
okay, wow, PhotoRec was able to recover most of the videos I had on the phone but it was not able to recover the photos... very strange!!! So now I just need to recover the other files.

I was able to get the majority just not the others, it shows them in red for some reason.

If anyone has any other input that would be great!

Mrs.COS
06-24-2012, 05:17 PM
Ok, so i was able to recover these files, as .nefs but when i import them into lightroom, it says there are errors and wont let me do anything with them.

There are previews available in windows of the filees.. So now what? I have them.. but cant do anything witht hem?

Bone
06-24-2012, 05:30 PM
Ok, so i was able to recover these files, as .nefs but when i import them into lightroom, it says there are errors and wont let me do anything with them.

There are previews available in windows of the filees.. So now what? I have them.. but cant do anything witht hem?

what program did you use to get at the files?

Bone
06-24-2012, 05:42 PM
By doing a ton more reading.....

I may have a solution to my problem but it's not an easy one. At all! I read a couple articles that state that if I use a HEXCode editor I can append good information from a good file and change time codes manually and I should be able to recover a significant portion of the video. Problems is I know nothing about HEX Code..... So now I must learn how to edit that stuff, also the time codes and other information have to line up for the total values for it work as well. Sounds like I have a lot of headaches in line for me on this one....

Mrs.COS
06-24-2012, 05:47 PM
I used TestDisk 6.14

Have you looked on AV forums to see what they say as far as your problem?

Bone
06-24-2012, 05:58 PM
I used TestDisk 6.14

Have you looked on AV forums to see what they say as far as your problem?

Try using PhotoRec, I have a link in this thread, you will need to use mostly keyboard entries but I have had good luck with that program to date, it's worth a shot. or that ZA9.1 program I mentioned earlier as well.

As for AV forums, yeah, i've searched many of the ones I've found, I'm trying yet another program right now to see if it can repair the files, I shall see what happens...

Bone
06-24-2012, 09:36 PM
I found an awesome program called VirtualLab, it actually retrieved the original file names and all the typical files that the card has when my camera does video.

The PROBLEM is that they want 100 bucks for 500GB of data retrieval.... BITE MY SHINY METAL @$$! So far finding a crack that I don't have install coupon programs or fill out surveys has been a royal pain in the butt! I can't seem to find a keygen for it that will just give me a key.... I'm not about to spend money on a program unless I have good proof that it will actually recover the data.

Bone
06-24-2012, 11:46 PM
Okay, so using PhotoRec 6.14, downloaded off of Download.com....

I used the .exe names testdisk_win.exe

from there I messed with options to restore the partition, and then undeleted the files, got a little interesting after this.

It gave me the original file names of each file and allowed me to copy the files off of that area. That was cool and all but the problem is that while yes it gave me the files all but one video is still corrupted... #!@$%@#^@%#@%!@, yeah fill whatever words into that one!

So it's back to download.com to see if I can find something that will fix the majority of these files, there are 6 videos totaling about 8GB, What a pain in the butt!