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Old Oct 20, 2008, 2:41 AM   #1
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Hey All,

Had a problem today when transferring recent photos onto my laptop. I, for some reason put my xd card in the slot like normal, before turning the computer on, when the computer was loading, a screen appeared during the loading process with a list of files, with the word "truncated". THe xd card was found to be blank, and all photos gone when I went to transfer them...I don't know what happened butthey're gone! I can assume that putting the card in prematurely has caused them to be deleted during set up. Wasn't sure if there was something I could do to recover them? The card is used in an Olympus FE270. Do you know of any free xd recovery programs. Steller Phoenix is 70 AUD......it worked but thats alot of money!

Any help appreciated!
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Old Oct 20, 2008, 6:39 AM   #2
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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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Old Oct 21, 2008, 1:50 AM   #3
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Hey JimC,

Thanks very much for your guidance on this, I was able to recover all lost files with pc inspector, and reformatted the xd as advised! Such a relief!

Thanks again!
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Great. I'm glad it worked for you.

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