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Old Nov 17, 2004, 8:22 AM   #1
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I have a canon powershot S70 and a princeston CF Xpert 256mb. Today i took the card to a kodak shop. The clerk put the card into a reader. Then I left for a while...

when i came back he told me that there is nothing in my card. When he look at the property of the card drive, it said it used 230mb and there is 30mb free. but he cant find the pictures.

before i took the card out, i was taking pictures, n there r like 100+ of them. how come now it is gone. i tried to put the card back into the camera but it said: no image. The funny thing when i went into menu and select format, it said 230mb is used.

Can someone please help me, those pictures are very precious. I am in holiday now in China, i dont want to loose all those amazing pictures...


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Old Nov 17, 2004, 12:50 PM   #2
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Go to the middle of the document of Recommended Accesories / software, there is a program where you can download which is supposed to recover your lost images. Try it, but it's $29 with money back guarantee.
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Old Nov 17, 2004, 3:18 PM   #3
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If your camera can show up as a removable drive via a USB connection to your PC, then you can recover the images. If it doesn't show up as a removable drive, then you'll need to buy a card reader (very inexpensive).

That's the key (getting the card to show up as a removable drive). Then, you can use any number of image recovery programs to recover the images.

Here is a free one:

You'll see the dowload link in the first message in this German Forum to a free program called Digital Image Recovery:


It's a .zip file, so you'll need Winzip to extract the installation file. If you don't have it already, you can download a working eval version of Winzip from here:


The program will let you select English as a language. As long as your camera appears as a removal drive; simply select the drive letter for your camera as the source drive, then select a folder on your PC as the destination (you'll see a browse button to select a folder).

Leave all other settings as default and click the Start Button. It will then search the memory card and save all of the recovered files to the folder you selected on your PC's hard drive. If you leave the prefix for the files as the default, your images will be saved as image1.jpg, image2.jpg, etc.

Note: in some rare cases, your PC or camera may give you a message that the card needs formatting before it can read it. If that is the case (probably not, since your camera isn't giving you any errors), then you'll need to format the card first with your PC. But, make SURE to select FAT as the File System Type when formatting. Then, use Digital Image Recovery to find the images after the format.

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