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User currently offlineJulian773 From Australia, joined Aug 2009, 118 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4238 times:

Hey guys,

I went to St. Maarten last August and of course I took a lot of pictures.  
I have a Canon EOS 450D and unfortunantly I had a 8GB memory card with me.

So when I came home I inserted the memory card into my laptop and moved a few pictures into an extra folder.
Then I took the card out of my laptop.

The next time I inserted the memory card my laptop wouldn´t detect the card anymore. So I tried it with my moms computer-it didn´t work either.  

Then I formated the card to try to restore the pictures but nothing helped.  

I really want those pictures back since I made some really nice shots.

Any help will be appreciated.

Thank you

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User currently offlineThierryD From Luxembourg, joined Dec 2005, 2081 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4213 times:
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Quoting Julian773 (Thread starter):
Then I formated the card to try to restore the pictures but nothing helped.

You FORMATED the card in order to restore the pictures!?   
Bad move!

Did you get the message that "all your pictures will be removed when you format the card"?

Because that's what happens when you do that. Maybe you'll be able to restore a few files with a dedicated software. I don't know any of those by heart though but maybe one of the other guys knows one...

Good luck!

Thierry

P.S.: the right thing to do would have been to go to a computer specialist and have him restore your files BEFORE you format the card.

[Edited 2010-05-01 06:59:03]


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User currently offlineJulian773 From Australia, joined Aug 2009, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4203 times:

Yeah, it said that all pictures would be deleted but I thought I could get my pictures back by deleting and restoring after since I have a photo recovering program.

Thanks for your help

Julian


User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1317 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4191 times:
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Quoting Julian773 (Reply 2):
Yeah, it said that all pictures would be deleted but I thought I could get my pictures back by deleting and restoring after since I have a photo recovering program.

From my understanding and use, (somebody correct me), the recovery programs work best unformated i.e. you need to run the program as soon as you detect the error prior to any more sectors getting overwritten or disrupted.

you might have cooked your goose.



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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3309 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4181 times:
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Quoting Julian773 (Reply 2):
since I have a photo recovering program.

A recovery program will only work on an UNFORMATTED partition. When you delete information, the individual bytes are not completely erased. The information is still technically there until it is replaced by something else (a new file, or a new image). However, when you FORMAT the drive or the memory card, it will delete the information and then replace what is on each byte with basic binary code (0 or 1) in order to provide a place-holder for the new information to come later. Therefore, since your old pictures have now been replaced, they are, in theory, gone forever.

What has happened to you is exactly why I do not use big memory cards. I carry 6 or 7 smaller, 2GB cards, so that if one gets corrupted or erased, I've still got all my other photos.

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User currently offlineJulian773 From Australia, joined Aug 2009, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4162 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 4):
What has happened to you is exactly why I do not use big memory cards. I carry 6 or 7 smaller, 2GB cards, so that if one gets corrupted or erased, I've still got all my other photos.

That´s smart.I´ll do that too from now on.



Looks like I screwed it this time.
Thanks for your help though.


Julian


User currently offlinekanepjk From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4139 times:

Julian,

Does your computer recognize the card now that it is formatted? As long as there isn't a hardware malfuntion on the card you should be fine. I use Image rescue from lexar media and that will recover pictures from a formatted card. if you just do a quick format from the camera it does not actually write over all the data. I beleive it just zeroes out the first byte of each file. To erase all the data requires a much longer process and takes about 20 minutes.

Using ImageRescue I have recovered pictures before from a formatted card several times.

Pat


User currently offlinevishaljo From India, joined Aug 2006, 474 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4123 times:

In 2008 due to an issue i had to format my card while having shot some real exotic traffic.
Obviously the circumstances were such that they warranted euthanasia.

We came back home to my friends place where i was put-up with our hearts elsewhere,
his 16-17 year old brother looks at us & understands some big s*** just happened,
he takes his time in asking us,
we tell him in a nutshell - he says 'hah, big-deal'
so he googles some data recovery software > it dosent do the job.
we download another one & Viola !!      

Quoting Julian773 (Thread starter):
So I tried it with my moms computer-it didn´t work either.

Did you tell momma to spank the card ?  box 
That's usually advised in such cases, maybe the card would've been a bit more accomodating then  biggrin 

Quoting Julian773 (Thread starter):
Then I formated the card to try to restore the pictures but nothing helped.

Wow !
 melting   tombstone 

[Edited 2010-05-01 09:44:43]

User currently offlineJulian773 From Australia, joined Aug 2009, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4111 times:

Quoting kanepjk (Reply 6):
Does your computer recognize the card now that it is formatted?

No it doesn´t.Nothing happens. But if I insert it into my camera it says "card not formatted".
I might just try going to a specialist or just give up and hope to visit St. Maarten again some day.


Julian


User currently offlineJohnKrist From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 1401 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4081 times:
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Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 4):
However, when you FORMAT the drive or the memory card, it will delete the information and then replace what is on each byte with basic binary code (0 or 1) in order to provide a place-holder for the new information to come later.

Not entirely true, it erases the data of what's on the card and where, not the content itself. That's why a recovery program can restore data by reading patterns on the memory as every file has specific identifiers.
A hard drive needs to be formatted and re-written 50-60 times to be semi certain that the data is unreadable, only way to be sure is to shred the disk physically.

Julian, there are numerous companies out there that does data recovery, and 8GB worth of memory card recovery costs far less than a new trip to SXM, even though I'd guess the latter is money well spent  
And as has been pointed out, there are software solutions out there to buy, and some of them has demos that allows you to check if the program can identify the data. If it can, purchase the full version and restore your images!

[Edited 2010-05-01 10:16:10]


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User currently offlineJulian773 From Australia, joined Aug 2009, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4072 times:

Quoting JohnKrist (Reply 9):
even though I'd guess the latter is money well spent

Haha, true  
Quoting JohnKrist (Reply 9):
And as has been pointed out, there are software solutions out there to buy, and some of them has demos that allows you to check if the program can identify the data. If it can, purchase the full version and restore your images!

Ok thanks man, I´ll try. I appreciate that.





Julian


User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4858 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4051 times:
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One more thing in addition to what's already been said. Do not write anything new onto the card. I believe deleted or formatted data can be recovered best as long as no new data has been written to the card.

Something similar happened to me a few years ago. I was able to recover some, but not all of my photos. It's the absolute worst to have this happen after a special trip!

Good luck!



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User currently offlineSpiderguy252 From India, joined Feb 2009, 295 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3785 times:

Quoting JohnKrist (Reply 9):
A hard drive needs to be formatted and re-written 50-60 times to be semi certain that the data is unreadable, only way to be sure is to shred the disk physically.

7 times should do it. The process the to-be-deleted file goes through during this process is called shredding.

Quoting kanepjk (Reply 6):
if you just do a quick format from the camera it does not actually write over all the data. I beleive it just zeroes out the first byte of each file.

This is true. If you quick formated it, you should be able to recover the data, or at least some of it quite effortlessly.



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User currently offlinegabik001 From Poland, joined Jun 2005, 216 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3657 times:

Do not use this card to save pictures on it until you recover all pictures.
Use card reader and Easy Recovery Proffesional by OnTrack. This combination works perfect. I recovered from damaged hard drive all data and all deleted images from my card. Even if you formatted you can restore it.
Good luck!



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