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Old Dec 26, 2009, 6:09 PM   #1
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Default A480 - How to undelete photos without card reader?

My niece wanted to undelete a few photos from her SD card but her card reader was broke and the only way she could connect the card was through the camera which appears to use WIA. It doesn't register as a hard drive so none of the recovery programs she tried would work as they can't read the WIA interface. Is there any recovery software available that will work with WIA?
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Old Dec 28, 2009, 5:54 PM   #2
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My niece wanted to undelete a few photos from her SD card but her card reader was broke and the only way she could connect the card was through the camera which appears to use WIA. It doesn't register as a hard drive so none of the recovery programs she tried would work as they can't read the WIA interface. Is there any recovery software available that will work with WIA?
You need to use a card reader if you're using a camera that won't act as a USB Mass Storage Device.

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.

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

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).

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

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec_Step_By_Step

There are some other free programs around that do a pretty good job in most cases, too. Here's one example, 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.

http://www.pcinspector.de/Sites/smar...htm?Language=1

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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EDIT: Nevermind, I misread the problem.

I own an A480 and have no problems with downloading, uploading or deleting files to the card in the camera.

My computer is running Windows XP with all the current service packs. I use Windows Explorer for the operations. The camera is connected to the computer with a USB cable and shows up as a Canon A480 under My Computer after the DVD's and other storage devices on the list.
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Thanks Jim. I know how to use recovery softwares ( I have a folder with a dozen different apps) but they were all useless in this rare situation. Someone in the house had another camera that used SD cards so she popped it in that one and was able to load it as a USB drive.
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