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Old Aug 3, 2003, 6:38 PM   #1
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My fiancee's friend was checking out her camera, and accidently deleted all the pictures. 120 pictures from her baby shower, from her dad visting etc. Basically, important pictures she should have protected but didn't.

Now it was no big deal I figured; I've had the same thing happen with some other cameras. Just run WinHEX, and recover them with ease.

However, this is a FujiFilm Finepix 2600...which, when it formats...replaces all the data with FF FF FF FF.

I've been trying to recover it, however none of the programs I've installed work. Any suggestions on what to do...without having to take them to a specialist?

I read somewhere that I should reformat the card in DOS, and THEN the data recovery software should work. This make sense to anyone?
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Old Aug 3, 2003, 6:54 PM   #2
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I don't know about formatting it, but there's a program called DIR, Digital Image Recovery.
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Old Aug 3, 2003, 7:03 PM   #3
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Is that Zero Assumption Digital Image Recovery? I d'loaded it and tried it but no luck. Also tried PhotoRescue, Media Retrieval, and EasyRecovery Professional(which my work has). Nada.

Thats why I'm thinking the format will make sense. All the data has been overwritten with F's(which I've verified with WinHEX), and I believe if I format it in DOS, it should then make it recoverable. I dunno though...thats just what I've read on a website.
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If the data has truly been overwritten (hard reformat) there is no reasonable way of recovering the files. On the other hand, if only the first couple bytes have been overwritten, it still "might" be possible.

If you have tried programs like PhotoRescue without success, I'm really not too optimistic that there is a chance for recovery. DOS formats in different ways depending on the version and type of format. If you look at the data with a HEX editor, you "may" be able to tell if there is usable data beyond the corrupted file header and file names. If "all" the data has truly been overwritten, there is little or no economically feasible way to recover it. Some sophisticated government processes can "sometimes" recover data which has not been overwritten too many times, but the costs of using this technology probably is beyond belief.

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Old Aug 5, 2003, 9:37 PM   #5
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Some sophisticated government processes can "sometimes" recover data which has not been overwritten too many times, but the costs of using this technology probably is beyond belief.
Just curious about this statement. This is probably true about magnetic media. But does the same apply to flash memory at all?
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Old Aug 6, 2003, 3:15 AM   #6
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I was really curious to hear that the 2600 fills the card with FF's. It's about time cameras allowed a low level format option to sort out corrupted cards, but this isn't that. I've always thought (from my 602 experience) that cam manufacturers were providing the soft quick format (FAT re-write only) to allow pics to be recovered and fast in-cam formats.

If your card really has been 'wiped' - thats a FAT clean up and overwrite free space with FF's, there is no chance of recovery.

This still surprises me, because as cards get bigger, the time to format (writing the FF's) must get very long. I'd hate to think how long it might take a 1Gb card to reformat. I believe what WinHex says, if you're sure it's looking at the right drive, and have moved through quite a few sectors. Reformatting in DOS (high level) shouldn't change the cards data, but I really don't think you've got data there.

However, The might be a subtle reason why WinHex is reporting FF's. Confirm your 2600 is really doing a Format and wipe using another card and checking with winHex.
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Just curious about this statement. This is probably true about magnetic media. But does the same apply to flash memory at all?
Possibly not, but was it flash or microdrive? I don't think it was mentioned and the S602Z takes both. It's difficult to say whether or not flash leaves traces which can be detected as with magnetic media, but there are some pretty sophisticated devices being used to recover data.

I'm surprised to hear that the data was overwritten by a Fuji camera because the typical way is to simply change the first byte of the file name and make it available in the FAT for re-use.

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