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Old Sep 1, 2008, 1:41 PM   #1
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I and my spouse were brosing through our pictures recently taken withy our Sony Alpha 200 DSLR camera on vacation and format question popped up and we selected cancel. However it now says no images. Any ideas on which software to use to try and recover images? we are both new to digital photography, so any help is welcomed!
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Old Sep 1, 2008, 3:45 PM   #2
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http://store.lexar.com/imagerescue3/index.cfm currently a free download, you can even use a false email address if you don't want to give your own.




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My favorites are the two in the middle mentioned by Sintares

I'd suggest that you download and install this software for the operating system you're using (Windows, Mac, Linux). It's free. You'll see a download menu choice on the left side of the main page. Then, just click on the desired operating system to download it.


Use a card reader if possible, and select your memory card from the list of media it finds (hard drives, memory cards, etc.), and give it a place to save the photos to on your hard disk when you are asked Where to Save Recovered Files (it defaults to saving recovered files in subfolders under Photorec, where the software is installed on your hard drive, but you can change it to something else if desired). Note that this product does not retain the original file names (but, you may not care about that), since it ignores the file allocation table entirely.

Don't worry about changing any of the other options. Just leave everything else at the defaults (Partition type of Intel, file types to recover, etc.) and it will try to recover any files that haven't been overwritten yet (and don't try to do anything like take more photos or you may overwrite some of them). It supports the following file types now:

Here's a page showing you how to use this software:


There are some other free programs around that do a pretty good job in most cases., too. Here's one example (also mentioned in the last post), and it also has a nice Graphical User Interface. I usually prefer photorec. But, if you're not comfortable with a text based interface, you may want to try this one first instead.


After you recover your images (and make sure you can see the larger images, not just the thumbnails), I'd make sure you format the card again before using it, using the camera's menu choice for format (not your PC).

I do that every time I reuse a card (format it again using the camera's menu choice for format). That way, the card always starts out with a fresh FAT (File Allocation Table), just the way the camera expects it, since the camera is performing the format.

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