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Old Apr 16, 2006, 2:14 PM   #1
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Hi, Unfortunately a card was formatted in error. It has been untouched since the event, I have tried numerous programs but to no avail. As the shots are irreplaceable I would love some help. I do not know what happens when yopu format, is evry sector set to zero or is just the master details reset? In the old days you could look at a whole file in ASKII. Any help would be appreciated.



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Old Apr 16, 2006, 3:55 PM   #2
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Normal formatting just clears file allocation table so files should be still there, it's just that "table of contents is missing".

Apparently you have used card reader for accessing card, am I right?

Have you tried this:
http://www.pcinspector.de/smart_medi...uk/welcome.htm
Also their File Recovery might work.


I'm not sure would trial version of this be able to save files it finds.
http://www.iolo.com/sr/3/
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Old Apr 16, 2006, 4:05 PM   #3
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Thanks for info, I have tried PC Inspector and several other programs, will try the other one you suggest, thanks for input



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Old Apr 25, 2006, 9:02 PM   #4
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http://www.steves-digicams.com/digsoftware_utils.html

Steve posted a lot of utilities and among them are several photo recovery utilities.


I have used PC inspector's smart data recovery (mentioned by ET)once and it worked.


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Old Apr 26, 2006, 9:21 AM   #5
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I had a card "go bad" once, and none of the utilities I tried worked. I sent it to Drive Savers (drivesavers.com) and within two days I had all the pictures recovered and on a CD. I don't know where you are located, but if all else fails, these guys did a good job for me. It wasn't cheap, but it was worth every penny.
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Thanks for info, I have found that Fuji will examine the disc for free but will charge £40.00 to recover if there is anything on it. So have sent card to them and am awaiting there reply, thanks for interest. Ray
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FWIW, I've never seen anyone report recovering any images from Smartmedia formatted by a camera.

Other card types, sure. Most of the time, only the FAT is being recreated and the data is still on the card.

Smartmedia, nope (at least Smartmedia formatted via Olympus models). I've seen it tried by a number of people, using lots of utilities with zero success after an in camera format.

Maybe Fuji handles it differently. But, Olympus seems to be wiping the data during a format (very unusual). So, I wouldn't get my hopes up.


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A cross platform, open source image recovery utility has recently come to my attention. It's designed to work with severely corrupted file systems by looking for header information specific to many image types in order to try and reconstruct the images.

I have no experience with it. But, it may be worth a try. Here is the link:

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec
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Many thanks will give it a try.



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