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Old Nov 10, 2003, 11:14 PM   #1
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Default recovering raw .crw files from cf card

What happened: I placed a CF card with photos in cf card reader selected the files and CUT and Pasted them to the harddisk.

Somewere on the harddisk some photos became accidently deleted . Windows had a also roblem with trashcan on the photo partition (eecks). It all brought me to try recovering the files from cf.

At this point I can see a lot of nice tools even for a demo version, but it summs up that most photo retrieval software don't handle a crw file and other tools only allow a 10kb undelete in demo version.

Sofar tested and failed for CRW or file size limit in demo:
- Digital Image Recovery (cute freeware tool for jpg files)
- Davory
- File Recover Demo
- Image Rescource demo
- Final Photoretriever
Link with software http://www.e-evidence.info/other.html

Because nothing is written after the photos were moved from cf to hd undelete should be quite simple at binairy disk level; Add first letter to file in Dir table and presto. Problem is I forgot how to adress drive T: in Dos/Windows debug.

So suggestions for software proven to work with raw files other or a ready made Debug recepy would be highly appreciated.
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Old Nov 11, 2003, 1:24 AM   #2
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What happened: I placed a CF card with photos in cf card reader selected the files and CUT and Pasted them to the harddisk.
Better to COPY and paste them. If the copy operation fails, you still have the images on the CF card.

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So suggestions for software proven to work with raw files other or a ready made Debug recepy would be highly appreciated.
Try WinHex.

http://www.winhex.com/


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Old Nov 11, 2003, 6:16 AM   #3
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At certain point files should be deleted at CF card for next round...
All photos were successfull moved to computer but another mishap occured.

And yes I tried winhex, but the demo does not allow write to disk :-(((
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Old Nov 11, 2003, 8:29 AM   #4
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you didn't try photorescue.

it will retrieve non jpg files too.

http://www.datarescue.com/photorescue/

it has a try before you buy that allows you to see what it can do but it won't allow you to save them until you pony up the money if it works.

i just tried it with my minolta RAW (mrw)and Canon RAW (crw/tif). both these formats are supported(per them) but (mrw)cannot be seen as a thumbnail view neither can (crw/tif) but they are recovered recovered and easily opened by the Raw converter that supports it.

it has a "bad" habit of recovering images from months ago if the card hasn't been completely overwritten and after multiple formats.

in short industrial strength recovery with a $29US price tag. it currently cannot be beat. it hasn't failed me yet

oh, your not going to get away for free on this due to the format. 95% of recovery utilities write for jpg and thats about that. there are multiple flavors of RAW and it takes people time to write this stuff to actually work. support the people who give their time to save your images.

files are never removed from a memory device until overwritten when a format is done the header is reset allowing the overwrites essentially telling the writing device the memory device is empty. if you truely want to "erase a device a DOD (dept of defence) type erase/overwrite is needed. this is time consuming method. photorescue has a eraser program like this for free. i really don't suggest its use. you might want to recover something off the card and with this you will not be able to after its done.
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