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Old Jul 8, 2006, 2:30 PM   #1
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This has probably been the worst day of my life... I just returned from Kiev and Donetsk, Ukraine on a two wek trip. I plugged in my 20D to the TV to show my family the pictures, but while I was waiting (long story short), I pushed the format card button and all the images were gone. Is there any hope of recovery? I would just about pay anything now to get those pictures. Everyone was counting on me. Urgent replies appreciated. Thanks.
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Old Jul 8, 2006, 4:07 PM   #3
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You'll find a whole bunch of image recovery programs here

http://www.steves-digicams.com/digsoftware_utils.html

I use PhotoRescue and it has never failed me yet. Suggest you get a card reader if you don't already have one.



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Old Jul 8, 2006, 4:54 PM   #4
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First thing to do is avoid writing/saving anything new to card because that will start overwriting previous data.
Formatting used by cameras only empties file allocation table which is like index telling what files there's on storage device and where that file is so images are there until new data overwrites them. (new files are saved to memory addresses specified as empty in FAT)

Also because storage device itself isn't damaged retrieving all images should be possible without needing services of data recovery companies so just start from programs like that above Smart Media Recovery or this:
http://www.artplus.hr/adapps/eng/dpr.htm


Also don't try using camera's USB cable, at least if you have installed Canon's "includes kitchen sink" junk to your PC.
But if you haven't installed it and camera shows as USB mass storage device for PC it should work like card reader.
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Old Jul 8, 2006, 5:12 PM   #5
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Raw or Jpeg?

Don't worry. With Canon models, a format shouldn't overwrite anything. As already mentioned, just don't use anything that's going to write to the card (don't use scandisk, chkdsk, or other similar utilities, and don't take any more photos until you recover the images).

Agood utility to try is Digital Image Recovery (it's free). It doesn't support raw files but it works with jpeg. You can download it using this link.

http://www.foto-erhardt.de/foto-forum/download.php?id=2

Here is a commercial program that will recover raw or jpeg files:

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

If the two utilities I mentioned above can't get them back for you, here's an open source program you may want to try.

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 them (and your problem is simpler).

Here is the link:

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

If the commonly available recovery programs don't seem to work with a USB attached camera, try using them with a card reader instead (they're very inexpensive).

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DO NOT USE CARD

"The best software I have found is "Flash File Recovery"

Free trial version will find the "missing" files but you will have to register the program to actually recover any files larger than the thumbnails

This software "saved my a**" on a paid shoot

www.***********.com
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Well, since I'm kind of on a tight schedule, I took the card to our local camera shop. They restored a total of 604 pictures (even some from my trip to oregon in May) to the tune of $50. I would have been willing to pay a whole lot more for those pictures. Thanks for all of your help. I'll have to look into investing in one of those programs. Thank you.

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--the world cup games made our trip more exciting (a once in a lifetime experience). It would've been really neat if Ukraine won. These boys play football contantly in the streets. Finally I asked them if I could take a picture.
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Try the free program I mentioned first before spending money on one. It works just fine on jpeg images. I've seen it recover images for two different users in the past week arleady that I've mentioned it to on another forum.

If it won't work (and it probably will), try the commercial program that Steve mentioned earlier in this thread (I posted a link to it also). Most of these programs work in a similar manner,and it's pretty easy to recover images using them.

Test one ahead of time, too. In other words, duplicate the conditions by taking some test photos, formatting the card and seeing if you can recover them. These programs usually work just fine on most media after an in camera format (at least for jpeg images). For raw, you usually need one of the commercial versions that is updated to recognize new raw file headers.

The exception is xD PictureCard formatted by an Olympus or Fuji model. They apparently do overwrite the data on Xd Picturecards when you use an in camera format.

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