Scott Hanselman

Undeleting Digital Photo Files from Removable Media

August 19, 2005 Comment on this post [8] Posted in Reviews | Tools
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Digital Picture Recovery just saved my ass. My 512 Meg SD card was erased (Delete All Files) by my nephew, causing us to lose the last week of my Mother-in-law's trip to the states. OMG. Seriously.

Yes, I know how FAT works, yes I tried a number of tools, but this wasn't a matter of ?eleted files, these were orphaned. I tried 3 different undeletes, paying for 1, all without success. Each of the failures could find only 4 files, and there were 373 missing files. Also, the failed programs took seconds to search, which wasn't a comforting sign. At least lie to me and take some time, eh?

However, Digital Picture Recovery searched for 15 minutes and found all 373 files, as well as a dozen from literally months ago. 

Fan-freaking-awesome. Saved. Whew. 

UPDATE: Forgot, here's a few of the saved pics. My M-in-law from Zim is visiting our home for the first time.

CIMG3518 (Medium)

Recovered527539 (Medium)


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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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August 19, 2005 10:14
Nice. Never heard of that one. Glad it worked out.
August 19, 2005 12:28
By your nephew eh... LOL
August 19, 2005 12:34
Sweet-- and it comes with "Unlimitted tech support" too!
August 19, 2005 12:46
The day after I deleted a bunch of vacation pictures before getting them copied to the PC (my wife was NOT pleased), this pops up. I bought it immediately :-)
August 19, 2005 18:12
This happened to me with pictures of our newborn daugher in '99. I bought a new HD and spent time studying up on Norton Disc Editor. I spent MANY hours gathering all the lost chains and/or copy raw sectors as files.

Wish I could of had a tool like this instead. Glad it worked out.
August 20, 2005 7:28
Wow!! I wish I would have heard of this a year ago. Like you, my "Nephew" deleted some pictures and it was a bear to get them back.

August 22, 2005 19:57
The same happened me a few weeks ago. I just used Ontrack EasyRecovery and got everything back in about 20 minutes. Great piece of software - not free but worth very penny.
August 26, 2005 1:02
The link didn't work when I tried. This did however:

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