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Formatting I didn't know what formatting meant, so I turned it on, and it deleted all of my pictures. I had over one hundred pictures of my family and I. They were amazing Christmas pictures, and I am deeply saddened about what happened. I was wondering if there is any way to get the pictures back. I haven't taken any pictures so that I don't overwrite them. My dad told me there is software he has that I can use that restores files that you accidently deleted. But he has never tried it on a digital camera, and I'm not so sure it will work. It has only worked on a CD for him. They were once in a lifetime pictures, and now they are gone because of my stupidity. :[ I only hope there is a way to get them back.

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Hi Nicole, If you haven?t messed with or tried to save new pictures on the camera since you deleted the Xmas ones then there may be hope. If you take the card to a camera shop that deals with digital cameras they can probably help you. There is a good case for doing the job yourself (and saving money); however, if the pictures are worth a lot to you it may be better to pay an expert to deal with it assuming you can find someone who knows what they are doing. If you?re feeling adventuresome here is one software program that allows you to do a test before buying. http://www.diskinternals.com/products/deleted-data-recovery/ It will show you what it can recover but if you want to get the images you have to pay $40 to activate the software. I?ve used this before and it worked for me but be aware there are lots of other programs, some free. Here are a couple of free ones that I have never personally used but are rated fairly well: http://www.z-a-recovery.com/digital-image-recovery.htm http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/uk/welcome.htm Let us know how it goes and don?t forget to rate the posting.

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