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Info about recovering deleted data/photos

Just came across a situation today. While my SD card was in the pc, I accidentally deleted all the photos of my last holiday. Obviously they don't go to the recycling bin from there (cos they were saved on the camera memory card not on the pc).

There is a way of retrieving such information which has been accidentally deleted and cannot be found in the recycling bin or by using 'search'. You need to use a program called 'Get Data Back for Fat'. It's self explanatory and easy to use (even I managed ) When you save the program, do not save it on the drive from which the data was lost or deleted. Put it on an external drive connected to the pc or something like that.
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Re: Info about recovering deleted data/photos

Has anyone else had this problem and used this program? I somehow messed up downloading the photos from my husband's camera yesterday, and I want to try and photo recovery software, but there are 100s to choose from and was wondering if anyone has had success with a certain program.

Since this OP is more that 3 years old, maybe there are others out there that work better now?

Thanks so much in advance, it will help bring me out of the doldrums if I can solve this. I was trying to do a favor for my husband, and all I did was muck things up
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Re: Info about recovering deleted data/photos

If you have not recorded any new data, it's very easy to recover with a high success rate. For hard drives http://www.r-studio.com/?GGLAW801_da...overy_software is probably one of the best but expensive to buy. If there is a free trial use it!

Actually look for the memory card manufacture & they will probably have some free recovery software.
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Re: Info about recovering deleted data/photos

I deleted some pictures the other days and got them back using Recuva.

Works well and it's free...
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Re: Info about recovering deleted data/photos

First thing to do is get the card out of the camera. If it's an SD card there should be a little sliding switch which you can set to lock, this will prevent the card being erased or written to, meaning you should be able to work with the card without damaging the data further.

As for software, all of them should be able to recover JPEGs as the art of scavenging a FAT partition for JPEGs is well understood and documented. RAW files, however, might be a different matter as they may not be recognised by some software.

I'm sorry, but I can't be more specific than that as a) I use a Mac both at work and at home, and b) I use disk forensic software that's quite a bit more advanced, and considerably more expensive, as it allows me to do a lot more than just recover the odd few files.
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Re: Info about recovering deleted data/photos

thanks! They should be JPGs so I am hoping!!! I'll let you know how I get along. I will try the card...

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I'm sorry, but I can't be more specific than that as a) I use a Mac both at work and at home, and b) I use disk forensic software that's quite a bit more advanced, and considerably more expensive, as it allows me to do a lot more than just recover the odd few files.
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Noooo it's just that sometimes I'm faced with a hard disk that's in the process of failing that just needs 2 or 3 files to be recovered and the customer is unwilling to spend the 2 or so thousand franks for a specialist "disassemble the disk" recovery job. It's not always possible, but I have far more hits than misses.
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Re: Info about recovering deleted data/photos

First thing is, stop using the card entirely.
There are a few free programs you can try.

Recuva : this one is free if I recall and very easy to use
Getdataback NTFS (or FAT), the one mentioned above is also a good one.

those two are fairly easy to use.

If one of those does not work you can try something more complicated:
PC Inspector (by a company called Convar).
That one may find files the other ones didn't, but it may not be able to restore their names to what they were or the file structure. If they were just pictures you had in the card that shouldn't mind.
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Re: Info about recovering deleted data/photos

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First thing is, stop using the card entirely.
There are a few free programs you can try.

Recuva : this one is free if I recall and very easy to use
Getdataback NTFS (or FAT), the one mentioned above is also a good one.

those two are fairly easy to use.

If one of those does not work you can try something more complicated:
PC Inspector (by a company called Convar).
That one may find files the other ones didn't, but it may not be able to restore their names to what they were or the file structure. If they were just pictures you had in the card that shouldn't mind.

Thanks! So far, Recuva didn't work...I don't mind paying either...as long as it works and isn't 100s of CHFs. I will look into PC Inspector. I also ran across Adroit on CNET - anyone know that one?
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Re: Info about recovering deleted data/photos

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Noooo it's just that sometimes I'm faced with a hard disk that's in the process of failing that just needs 2 or 3 files to be recovered and the customer is unwilling to spend the 2 or so thousand franks for a specialist "disassemble the disk" recovery job. It's not always possible, but I have far more hits than misses.
$90 for Spinrite will likely help.

If you are really stuck with your SD card, let me have it and I'll get one of the forensics guys to see what they can carve from it with EnCase or FTK. It won't be for a week or two though....but you should be able to recover files from soft deletions on FAT32 with cheap tools. Just don't write to the card and if it has a little switch to prevent writing, switch that switch...!
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Re: Info about recovering deleted data/photos

*UPDATE*

The free ones I tried didn't work including PC Inspector Smart Recovery and PhotoRec - some weren't compatible with Windows Vista, and others just wouldn't start. Recuva found some files, but they were ones that I had last gotten off the card and already had on my computer.

I ended up using Card Recovery which cost 40 CHF - you pay after it does a scan and you can preview what files can be recovered, so you don't have to buy it if it doesn't work. I am relieved and will pay better attention in the future when the card seems like it needs to be scanned and fixed when put in the computer...

Thanks all for your help - just knowing that there was probably a solution helped a lot! Interestingly, it looks like they "found" 2 copies of each picture, although I figure 2 copies are better than no copies. Time to run my backup to an external hard drive now as well!

edit: looks like my "super flexible file synchronizer" has already done the backup for me...
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Re: Info about recovering deleted data/photos

In case anyone comes across this thread while looking for a data recovery solution, like I did a couple of weeks ago, for desperate situations I can recommend Recoverfab in Germany: http://recoverfab.com/.

My laptop recently slid off the couch and fell onto my memory card, which was in its slot but the pictures hadn't been transfered yet. The card was bent in half, split open and the end that the computer reads was broken. The card was full of the first pictures of my newborn baby who had just had heart surgery the day before, so I was rather distraught, to say the least. I searched online and found Recoverfab, which recovered all of my photos. The price depends on the size of the device, so for a big card like mine it can get a bit pricey, but the photos of our baby were priceless.

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