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Old May 7, 2007, 4:19 AM   #1
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I don't have an instruction manual and stupidly used format and lost a whole batch of Iceland pictures. Is there a way back here?

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Old May 9, 2007, 9:31 AM   #2
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The camera manual won't help you (you can't unformat a card). ;-)

There are a number of popular utilities designed to recover images that you could try.

One utility to try is Digital Image Recovery (it's free).

You can download it using this link, unzip it and run it.


Make note of the drive letter you see when the card is inserted in a reader (you'll find it under "My Computer"). Then, load this program and select your desired language (English is one of them).

Give it the drive letter for the card reader, select a folder on your PC to save the recovered images to, leave everything else at default settings, and press Start. Your photos will be saved to the folder you select.

Here's another popular Utility you can try:


Another choice is a free open source program called photorec. It's a command line utility (no graphical user interface). It's designed to work with severely corrupted file systems by looking for header information specific to many image types in order to try and reconstruct them. It works with over 80 different file types now (including most popular image formats). You'll see a download menu choice on the left side of the page.


If for some reason these won't find them, here's a commercial program designed to do the same thing (not free). You can download a demo version to see if it works before buying it.


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