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Acidentally pushed a button that seems to have erased a FULL MEMORY CARD

Please tell me I haven't just lost nearly 1,000 important family pictures. This morning, when I turned on my camera to view the pictures I took yesterday, I tried to delete a fuzzy picture, in the same way I have deleted many pictures in the past. Instead, a screen came up that I have never seen before. I'm not even sure how to get to it again, but it had a list of about 4 options, with delete at the top, and I believe format next. I didn't know what the screen was about, or how to get out of it. Because delete was an option at the top, I tried to scroll up to that option and select yes, but instead, it said format, yes or no. Because I ddin't know what it meant, but thought it must refer just to that picture, I selected yes. To my horror, my camera now says NO IMAGES. Is there anyway to undo this. If not, I have lost my grandbaby's birth, and the first 8 months of his life, plus any other family pictures etc. My heart is pounding!!!!

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  • LLuAnn Jul 02, 2008

    Thank you for the suggestions. I am almost afraid to hope.... Unfortunately, I DID take ONE picture, because I was curious to see if the card - which was a large, expensive one (2.0GB) would be reusuable to take other pictures. Have I now jeopardized my ability to restore my "lost" pictures? Should I still try the links etc. that you suggested? All I have done so far is to remove the memory card (with power off, as you suggested). I have it here and will await your answer....

  • LLuAnn Jul 02, 2008

    OK, I'm going to make every reasonable effort. Should I still lock the "write protect" tab.

  • LLuAnn Jul 02, 2008

    Thank you. I have slid the tab down and locked it. I am going to try downloading the free software onto my external hard drive. My computer has been on the verge of a crash now for a couple of weeks, (overheating problems and extremely low memory) so I am not sure if I will be able to download and use the software successfully. Will keep saying prayers and would keep fingers crossed also, but think I will need them! I very much appreciate your input and will keep you posted re: progress.

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First do not panic! It is possible to recover your pictures if you take care. Take the card from the camera (powered off)and if it has a "write protect" tab then lock it now. Do not try and write anything to the card or you risk causing more problems.

If you are comfortable with using a PC then you can download a FREE utility that will recover your photos from the following link:

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

If you need something a little more "user friendly" then you will need to buy the software. If you search the web for photo recovery software you will find many.
One I have used successfully is RescuePro that used to be bundled with some Sandisk products. Now you can get it from the link below:

http://www.lc-tech.com/software/rescuepr...

You can try the demo to see what you can recover before buying.

Remember - Do NOT try & write anything back to the card until you can recovered your pictures to your PC safely!

Please update the question & let us know if the information given was useful to you - Good Luck!

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  • Greg Cann
    Greg Cann Jul 02, 2008

    Hi - If you have taken only one picture then it still should be possible to recover the others. Try the links & see how you get on. You will be able to see the results of any possible recovery before you actually perform it.

    Good luck & let us know how you get on.


  • Greg Cann
    Greg Cann Jul 02, 2008

    Hi - Yes click the write protect tab as you will be saving any recovered pictures to your computer drive. The important thing right now is NOT to write anything back to the card!

    Good luck..........


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