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    Unhappy Missing pics!!!!

    *sigh* Sooooo......first of all, I am NOT technologically smart. An example: I was having some trouble with my laptop, and I thought I did a system restore to an earlier date, but apparantely I did something that put the computer back to its factory mode (??). All of my pictures got erased.

    So I guess what I'm asking is: is there anything I can do to get pictures back on my camera? I have a Canon 40D, and while I erased them, I didn't clean up the disc (or whatever). ??????

    Thanks for reading,
    Stacy

  2. Stacy... I see your location is Ohio and I'm guessing you have a Dodd Camera... it used to be Click camera in your area ... breathe in breathe out go see the experts there... if their is a way to restore what is on your card they have the technology.... we have about 6 in our area.... some stores are better equipped with sales clerks/ photo experts /technology savvy than others...I might hit 3 stores in my area before I'd turn my card/camera over...read what the others say.... but they were able to restore mine and it was free....
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    OH - my heart goes out to you! What a nightmare!! No advice, but I will sure cross my fingers for you!!!!!
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    Debbie is right, if you have a place nearby you can take it and see what they can do. You could buy and download software to use at home to try to restore a camera card but if you're not comfortable with the technology I would advise against it. To be honest, all the technology for file retrieval is just about equal, unless you escalate up to someone who has had experience extracting data for forensic purposes.

    If you haven't formatted your card (what I think you meant by clean up the disc), the photos will still be there, though some may be damaged or have corrupt sectors.

    Good luck! I feel for you. I have had photos lost many times through the years. Some I recovered, some were just gone forever.

    Let us know how it goes.
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    I'm so sorry you've lost your precious photos. Technology can be great but when it goes wrong it's very, very bad! Great advice above. It might be worth taking your laptop to a computer service center to ask whether they can help with your hard drive. There are two types of erasing. The first is that the links to files are removed - like removing a table of contents. All of the files are still there but the computer doesn't know where they are. The file retrieval software hunts through the drive to find them.
    The second one is when you do a full reformat of the disk or card. It attempts to overwrite all of the files. It can never do a perfect job, so the specialist forensic software looks for remnants of files in the hope of finding something. Not very easy!
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    Thanks guys! I'll try taking my camera in to Dodd. Hopefully they can get some pics back!! I'll let you know how it goes...

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    There is a free software calle zeroassumption that will recover photos and videos off a camera card even if it's been formatted. Just do a search on google. I've used it several times on several peoples cards with great success. Good luck!
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    Should have added that it is 'read only' software so it doesn't do anything to your card.. it will ask you where you want the photos restored to I usually do it to my computer
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaNJ View Post
    There is a free software calle zeroassumption that will recover photos and videos off a camera card even if it's been formatted. Just do a search on google. I've used it several times on several peoples cards with great success. Good luck!
    This is good to know!! I've bookmarked the site.
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