Tip & How-To about Cameras
If you have accidentally deleted your photos from your cameras digital memory card there is still a fair chance of recovering them.
A full recovery is not guaranteed but depending on the type of formatting used or whether it was a simple deletion of photographs it is often the case that most if not all photos can be recovered.
First off - do not take any more photographs using the card in question.
The reason is that if you overwrite the card with other photographs some of the previous photograph information will be erased and any deleted pictures effected by this will not be recovered.
First you will need a card reader on your computer. If you have not got one of these you can purchase a cheap multi-card usb reader that will do the job from the likes of Amazon or any hardware/computer store.
Next you will need to download and install a photo recovery program to your computer. There are several of these available to download for free from the net but I am going to stick to the one that I have found to be the easist to use and which is extremely comprehensive in its options.
You can download Recuva (which is by Piriform) for free from this link.
Recuva is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003 and 2000. Including both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
You may choose to search for an alternative on the Net if your operating system is not as listed.
Download the program from the link provided and then run the install wizard by clicking on the downloaded file. Follow the instructions to install the program. This program bundles Yahoo Tool Bar so please ensure to uncheck this option if you do not want this program.
Insert your card into the card reader on your computer.
One advantage to this program is that it runs a wizard when you open it which walks you through the process. Follow the instructions on the wizard and first select the look for photographs option. Next select the "On my media card or Ipod option" to have it examine your card with the deleted photos.
Click 'Enable Deep Scan' to have the best possible result from the scan. The program will automatically scan for files on the card in your card reader.
In the "File" menu of this program you will see "settings". Select "intensive mode". This is the most in depth setting. Follow the instructions - select this mode and allow the program to do its stuff.
Be aware that this program is extremely thorough - it will be slow and literally could take a whole night to run through and complete its task.
Finally - once you have recovered and saved the photos you want to your computer - make sure to use your camera to format your card to help prevent an issue like this occurring again. This will erase all data permanently from the card and reduce the potential for future corruption.
If this program does not work, then I'm afraid there is not much else you can do. You could engage a data recovery company to try and recover the information but this is likely to be extremely expensive (potentially upper hundreds or thousands).
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