Can data be recovered from a CF card, post-format?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by zkat, Mar 15, 2005.

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    zkat Guest

    Dumb question, possibly. But I thought I'd ask before giving up. Last
    night, while playing with my new Canon PowerShot A95 camera, I selected
    the option to format the storage card - with about 120Mb worth of
    wedding photos on it.
    Accident, stupidity, newbie mistake - whatever. Mea culpa.

    Question is, is there any way to recover the data in such a situation?
    Does anyone know if what happens is some kind of 'soft' formatting that
    could potentially be undone and the images recovered?
    If necessary, any pointers to any technicians who might be able to help
    with this would be most welcome - UK Thames Valley area.

    Believe me, I feel bad enough already at doing this. Be kind.
    zkat, Mar 15, 2005
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    Notan Guest

    Google "erased memory card." There's a ton of hits.

    Notan, Mar 15, 2005
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    Notan Guest

    Notan, Mar 15, 2005
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    GwG Guest

    I have art plus digital photo recovery in my toolbox, but I have never
    needed it yet, it's free scroll down to the bottom of the page.
    Let us know if it does the job.
    GwG, Mar 15, 2005
  5. Digital Image Recovery (DIR) works for me.
    Malcolm Stewart, Mar 15, 2005
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    meow Guest

    I tried all the free ones I could find and found this one to consistently
    find more than any of the free ones, but It cost $28. I got it for $20 when
    I got it. Free to try. So it wouldn't hurt to try if the others don't find
    them all.
    meow, Mar 15, 2005
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    Barry Bean Guest

    wrote in
    Have you considered the witness protection program? Those brides and MOBs
    can be scary.
    Barry Bean, Mar 15, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Maybe. Check into photo recovery software on Google. You MAY get
    lucky. Usually, format programs just write blank directory structures
    and FAT sectors to the card, leaving any data in place. Some software
    can find, and recover, the pictures. GOOD LUCK.
    And don't DO that again!
    Ron Hunter, Mar 15, 2005
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    John Guest

    Photo Rescue works well.
    John, Mar 16, 2005
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    mort Guest


    SanDisk supplies a RescuePro mini-CD with its CF cards, free of extra
    charge. It is supposed to rescue files that are lost in situations such as
    yours. I have not used it yet, as I have been fortunate enough not to need

    Might I suggest that you back up your digital photo files. Burning to a
    CD-R is quite cheap, and fast. There are now blank CD-Rs available that
    have a gold-sputtered surface that supposedly lasts for 100 years, made by
    Delkin. They cost about U.S. $1.75 each, and can hold about 200 JPEG
    photos taken at highest res. by my 5 MP camera.

    Good luck.

    Morton Linder
    mort, Mar 16, 2005
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    zkat Guest

    Thanks for the suggestions, folks.
    Will follow up.

    The backup idea is a good one that I would usually have followed. Just
    got too eager to show off the results before I did a backup, and paid
    the price.
    zkat, Mar 16, 2005
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