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Old Aug 1, 2005, 11:29 AM   #1
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I recently spent two months in Australia with a great group of people and we took tons of pictures using our digital cameras. Anyhow, a few of were fiddling around with another girl's camera when a third person accidentally formatted all of her pictures from the past two weeks. She took one more picture on that card to check if there were actually all gone (she discovered they were). After that, I quickly stopped her and told her not to take anymore photos using that memory card since I thought that it might still be possible to recover the images by either using some program or by sending the card into a data recovery place.

Anyhow, she has a PNY 128MB Smart Media card and the pictures were taken using a Fujifilm FinePix S602Zoom digital camera. I've checked a few places online that suggest that the pictures can be recovered, but they all note that they recover from "corrupted" drives/cards. My first thoughts were that by formatting the card, the camera basically just freed up all that space and told the camera that the pictures didn't exist and that it could write over that disk space. In actuality, the pictures are still there, just not recognized. Is this correct or are the pictures gone for good?

Also, if you think that we could still recover the pictures, does any know of any companies that you know to be, or have heard to be, reliable and offer a competitive price?

Thank you,
Ryan Rueth
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Old Aug 1, 2005, 12:49 PM   #2
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If you erase pictures you remove knowledge of them from the file system. The camera just overwrites them. Pictures can be recovered with recovery software if you erase all of the images from the camera and don't overwrite them.

If you format the card most cameras wipe everything from the card. I don't think that is true of all cameras though. You might try running some recovery software to see if they are still there.

I think this is free: http://www.pcinspector.de/smart_medi...uk/welcome.htm

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Old Aug 2, 2005, 9:13 AM   #3
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It is possible to recover files from corrupted or formated memory cards.

Here is a link to software:

I use Photorecovery from San disk

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