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Pressed format and now my pictures have disappeared, how do i get them back

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Once you format a memory card you lose everything that was on the card. It is just the same as if you were to reformat the hard disk on your PC. Not much you can do. Sorry.
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Posted on Aug 31, 2008

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Please help, i have lost a lot of pictures from my camera and i have a horrible feeling i pressed the format button without realising what id done. Are all my pictures lost?


Unfortunately, if you formatted the card, yes they are gone. The memory is flash memory, and reformatting erases all information on the card. You might try taking the card out and downloading to your your computer, but it sounds like they won't be there. Always be careful, once you format a card there is no turning back.

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Then, you need a card reader. You may have one built into your computer or printer. If you don't have a card reader for your camera's type of memory card, you can buy one at any camera or computer store, usually for less than $20.

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http://data-recovery-software-review.toptenreviews.com/


http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/digitalphotorescue/Digital_Photo_Backup_Rescue_and_Recovery_Software.htm


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