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restoring deleted pictures

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  1. avsilky

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    While trying to save my digital picture files to a CDRW I accidentally deleted the pictures on the camera card. There was an error in the copying process and the CDRW only saved the first 10 of about 100. Is there any way to restore the camera card pictures or the CDRW? They were pictures of my babies first Christmas. Now I'm really not getting sleep. Thanks for input.:confused:
     
  2. nunew33

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    I know I am stating the obvious, but have you checked the recycle bin. Did you not save them on the hard disk? Have you checked to see if the camera software has stored the pics on the harddisk prior to saving? Have you done a search for jpg files from the appropriate dates?

    What camera and what software and what Operating system?
     
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    Also check your temp files in windows.

    a file search if you know the extension will also find them for you if they are saved onto your pc hard drive.

    check your camera instructions to see if there is an "undelete" option.
     
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    The camera is Canon S200 with SanDisk 128mb compact flash card. Software is Adaptec. PC Pentium 4. Nothing in recycle bin. Normally I save the flash card pics to the hard drive first and then to a CDRW. This time, for whatever reason, I saved directly to the CDRW from the flash card via Adaptec software. There was an error when it was 99% finished. So I tried to erase the CDRW in order to start over. I wasn't paying attention to the drive I was using and deleted the files on the flash card instead. The CDRW shows the files listed but there only seems to be the titles with no pictures except for the first 10. I know that there are ways to recover deleted files on a hard drive even if you empty the recycle bin but I don't know how. In this case it would be the card that I need to recover or somehow figure out where all the info went that didn't make it onto the CDRW. As far as I can tell the Canon software was not involved, I didn't enlist it during the process. I will do another check specifically for JPG files. I did it only by name before. The camera manual says they are lost once erased but I wonder if that is for the general user and not a computer geek. Any CGs out there? I haven't checked temp files yet either. Never been there will take a look. Thank you for responding, I still have hope and have set aside the flash card and CDRW so as not to do further damage.
     
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    Im a semi computer geek (I have a wife and children and dont wear sandals so I can never be a full computer geek). And Im afraid to say this may be one of those painful lessons in how not to do things.

    Dont know enough about compact flash tp say if data is recoverable. But I am pretty sure that I have read somewhere that they do the equivelant of a quick format (like you did on floppies, remember those) where you simply delete data in the file table . If this is the case then the pictures should be there but I dont know enough about how to recover or even if you could copy the image so that you coud do this later.

    Only thing to do regarding looking at HD is to use search and use date/time search to ook at any file that was created/modified in the time you were doing the CD.

    I will seek out the bearded sandled geeks in our office and see if there is anyone who understands compact flah
     
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    Hi - been through the same heartache (strange how it's the important pix we screw up!). I was recommended - by a photographer whose knowledge I respect greatly - to try photorescue. I wasn't able to cos it's not available for my OS (Mac 9.1). As I understand it, you can download a trial version which will let you see if the pix are still on the card. If they are you have to pay and register to actually recover them. Worth a try. Good luck. ;). Glad you put the card aside!
     
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    Just found that site but was beaten to it.

    What it does ean is it cane be done and it may be worth searching for a shareware equivelent
     
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    Thanks for the tips! Will try those out today and let you know what kind of luck I have.
     
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    Try this, it did work for me, on the cover disk of "Digital Photography Made Easy" magazine there is a trial program of "Digital Image Recovery" I used it and it did get back my deleted pictures from a smart media card.

    I was very dubious but well pleased when the picture were recovered:p
     
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    Good News! I have recovered 173 pictures with Photo Rescue! I also had a bad card reader. Don't know if it was bad from the beginning or if it went bad while trying to recover the card but the new one works fine. I called around to a few companies that specialize in data recovery and their fees generally ran $200- 300 US. Was almost willing to pay but decided to try all the free stuff first of course! Was elated to see all the pictures that PHOTO RESCUE recovered. I believe there may be a few stragglers out there and I still cannot open the avi files it recovered but I did get the one photo I really wanted and am happy about that. Also tried Digital Picture Recovery which recovered 183 photos but most were duplicates and triplicates. I do think, however, that there may be a few in there that PHOTO RESCUE missed. Still trying to get Ontrack's EASY RECOVERY program to work. Having email tag with various technicians at Ontrack and Photo Rescue. Haven't found the Digital Phot. magazine yet but really want to try the free Image Recovery disk. Need to go to a stand but haven't had time. Found the website robgalbraith.com interesting and thought I would pass it on - especially to Mac users. Gather it's a popular site according to DPREVIEW forum (as provided by nunew33, thank you). Looked at dtidata.com, recover 98.com and Drive Savers but the others mentioned above seemed better choices for my situation. Even though I am happy with what I was able to recover and have printed them all (for good measure) I am still pursuing all possible for my own education and to arm myself for further sleep deprivation mistakes. Also, my Canon manual says that once pictures are deleted there is no way to retrieve them. I'm so glad I didn't stop there! So let there be hope for other Canon users. Of course, the trick is not to write over the images - put away the mistake until you can try to recover it. Also emailed SanDisk and was amazed to get a response of hope. Tried Photo Rescue at the same time so all was well. Tried responding earlier to this thread (a couple times) but my responses never got posted. Had to resubscribe to the thread I started??? I'm new to forums. Maybe I just deleted it accidentally...ha..ha..ha! Thanks to all and will keep looking for better ways.
     

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