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Camera memory card - deleted dcim folder with antivirus

Just bought a usb sd card reader, inseted my memory card for the first time and antivirus picked it us as a virus. i accidently hit delete and now the dcim folder is gone. when i view the propertys it shows 912mb still on the disk, so i think the photos are not deleted. can you help me recover the photos.

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  • janemellett Jul 30, 2008

    DCIM came up as virus on a computer i'd connected to with USB connection. I hit delete. DCIM is gone, but photos are still on my camera. Any suggestions?

  • Lynne Sears
    Lynne Sears Jun 12, 2012

    Nothing worked for me, I could not even view hidden files. However all cameras have an internal memory, and the ability to copy the precious photos to that, a few at a time. After doing this remove the card from the camera, plug the camera into the computer via usb cable and voila, the DCIM appears with the copied photos in it to access. Its laborious but it works!

  • chris Mar 08, 2013

    Take the memory card out from camera and then connect card to computer with a card reader, you can then use this card recovery software called asoftech photo recovery

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2014

    Memory card issue



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Try this..maybe work for you..cause it's work for me
in your explore click tools- folder options-view
check "show hidden files and folders" box and
"hide protected operating system files" box.
press ok. Your folder and picture will appears..
Cause in my case the virus change the folder into protected operating system files..
I hope will work for you too..good luck

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You are right, the photos are still on the memory card, but they are invisible and inaccessible. You need a photo recovery program to recover photo from camera memory card. You may try this card recovery software named asoftech photo recovery, download from link below
memory card photo recovery

You may follow this tutorial
Recover photos from camera

hope this helps.

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Your guess is right! The deleted photos care still stored on your memory card.
Here are my ways for you to get back these photos:
Step1. Stop using this memory card in case that any new file would rewrite your original photos.
Step2. Insert this memory card to your computer and prepare to restore your photos.
Step3. Download a memory card photo recovery freeware to your computer and start to retrieve all your photos back:
In fact, this freeware has ever successfully saved all the inaccessible data of my friend off from his camera. So, I believe it can also work successfully on your camera memory card, too.
Simply read more information of this freeware here:
Step4. Save and back up all the restored photos on a different memory card or drive in case of data recovery failure.
Note: Next time, you'd better never be so careless about your important photos and always remember to back them up on separate memory cards or drives in case of the similar data recovery problems.

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Thanks for the help

Posted on Jun 11, 2012

Cheers, I solved the problem by simply formatting the card!

Posted on Oct 04, 2008

Thanks for the help

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When you take a picture how do you delete that picture from storage (on s d card)

Since I am not sure of the Camera Model, I will go with usual method:

Go into playback mode, button or dial with a [>] button on it.
Select the picture you want to delete and either directly the delete button with trash can icon or click menu and then select Delete.

Easier way is, load the SD card into laptop, either directly if port is available, else you can get a SD card reader from most of the stores, which connects to the USB port.

If in Windows System, once connected, let it install needed drivers and softwares.
After its done, Navigate to the newly created Drive in My Computer (Computer)
Go into DCIM folder or any other folder with most recent date/time associated with it.
Once inside, select the photos you want to delete and click delete. Confirm deletion.

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Dcim got deleted

you need antivirus for your system try kespersky

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Put the card into the appropriate slot if you have a media card reader on your computer or get a SD to usb adapter for about $5. Open "Computer" the card should be detected as a drive. Browse to the media, might be in a folder called DCIM. Select photos and hit delete.

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DCIM folder has got deleted, what do I do ? MY DSC-H20 was infected with viruses, I scannerd it with AVAST and selected the option of deleting the infected files from the system. antivirus apparently...

If all your images are backed up on your computer, just format the media card IN THE CAMERA, and that should re-set everything for you when next you take a photo.

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I need a lil help

Your camera has Secure Digital/MMC card storage. Take out the SD storage card, and place it in an external card reader or USB SD card reader. This way you do not need to have any software installed for your camera. The SD card will read as a storage drive, and you can copy-paste the entire picture folder to your desktop picture folder (the folder is called DCIM)

If you need software or drivers, the Canbon website has them---
Copy-paste this link to your browser;

It's a 14mb file

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No private folder

those are the correct folders for the card.
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Sounds like a MobileMate quirk Tanya. Use your USB cable connection to your PC/Camera interface and delete pics that way too see if this funny goes away.

If it does, and I believe it will, then it is a SanDisk issue not revising the File Allocation Table(FAT) after deleting the Pic File on the mem card.

You could also find out if this is just an SDHC SD card reader issue by using an older less dense standard 1 or 2Meg non-SDHC mem card in the reader and see if issue goes away.

The fallback of course to view and delete the pics on the camera before download, or download pics then note which pic file numbers you want deleted after viewing on PC, then put SD card back in camera and delete them there.

Another option for trial, is to cut and paste the whole DCIM folder, or sub pic folder to your PC from off the SD card using the card reader. The camera automatically generates subfolders under the DCIM folder if you completely remove(deleting by a cut or move), when you take your first picture on a camera with a DCIM but not sub pic folder. Try this first and I think you will find all pics will be deleted from camera that are in a subfolder under DCIM. If not, then cut or move the whole DCIM folder and create a new DCIM(empty) folder on the SD card using the PC and card reader. Of course using this method you cannot selective delete individual pics from the mem card. You would be deleting them all after the Folder cut or move from the SD card.

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To download without the software, you will need either the usb cord that came with the camera, or a memory card reader for your computer. For the first step, plug the camera into the computer and camera via the usb cable provided. put the camera in playback mode and turn it on. If you use a memory card reader, remove the card from the camera and insert it into the proper slot on the reader.
Now for PC users - go to 'my computer' (vista its just 'computer') and under 'media with removable devices' you should see the camera come up (or memory card folder). double click, and then you should see a folder that says DCIM. Click and drag that folder onto your desktop. Congrats, you just transfered your photos. Now the folder DCIM on your desktop should be opened and the folders within DCIM contain your images. Sort the photos in whatever way makes sense to you (most likely to be in my pictures (under my documents)). Be sure to delete the DCIM folder off the desktop AFTER you moved all of the images into their proper folders...otherwise next time you try to do this, there will be a conflict with folders named DCIM. This method keeps the images on your memory card. If you would like to remove them, after you re-insert the card into your camera, turn on the camera, press menu, go to the set-up screen (yellow) and go to format - this will erase every picture on your card and make a new slate for when you take new pics.

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Transfer the folder to your computer, along with any other pictures you want to save. To do this use a card reader, not the camera. Then click and drag the folder onto your desktop. After you will format the card using your camera (press menu then under the setup tab [yellow colored]) - this will delete all the pictures on your card so make sure they transfered onto your computer. Take a random picture on the camera to generate a new folder. If you want to put the pictures back onto the card so you can view them with the camera (not necessary), you should put the card back into the card reader, then open the dcim folder. you will see a folder which says Canon###, copy that name and make sure it matches the name of the folder you previously copied onto your desktop. click and drag the folder back onto the memory card to replace the existing folder in there (the random picture you took will be over written, so if you liked it transfer it first). That should have covered it...i know i made this very wordy, sorry, but i'm used to explaining these things to my parents who don't even know how to turn on their camera.

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When you use an SD card in mulitple cameras, each camera creates it's own folder beneath the DCIM folder. I'm not sure if you have a program that automatically opens when you insert the SD card in your reader, but perhaps you can try double clicking on "My Computer" and locating your reader/SD card and opening that folder manually. Once you're there, open the DCIM folder and see if there are multiple folders inside. Open each one to see if you can locate your pictures.

If you have a program that opens automatically when you insert the SD card you'll need to figure out how to tell it to look in other folders.

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