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Which photo recovery software is best?

Apr 6, 2007 8:51AM PDT

I've accidentally formatted an SD card with DNG RAW shots on it and the same fate occurred with a Sony Pro Duo with JPGs on it. WHich software is best for recovery that is nondestructive, versatile and not too expensive?

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Which is the best
Apr 7, 2007 8:14AM PDT
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See, that's why I wrote my post the way I did...
Apr 10, 2007 12:46PM PDT

I realize there are hundreds of programs. I wrote my query the way I did in the hope that someone actually had used a program that would do what I needed and had a good experience with it.

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Apr 10, 2007 6:27PM PDT
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PC Inspector smart recovery
Apr 11, 2007 3:58AM PDT
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My choice
Apr 13, 2007 7:42PM PDT

I have had similar expierences and deleted some great photos I really wanted to keep So I wnet with a program that did nto cost mush but that I could relay on

I use and found to be excellent - always find the photos
a progema from http://www.datarescue.com/ cab recommend it

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Best recovery software is trial and error
Apr 14, 2007 12:12AM PDT

I tried numerous online recovery programs, free and $$. There are too many variables to tell you exactly which ones work for you. I tried about 6 different ones with mixed results. $$ programs showed preview of what could be recovered and these could not recover ALL, just part. One free program recovered 99%. Another free program recovered the ones that weren't recovered by the one that got back 99%. Smart Recovery and mmCard Recovery worked best for me. I can't tell you which one would work best for you. Trial and error is the best you can do. Just try different ones and see what happens!

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Nondestructive?
Apr 15, 2007 3:34AM PDT

Thanks everybody for your posts. One question still: Are all these programs (and these sorts of programs) nondestructive? By this, I mean, if I try one and it doesn't recover all the photos, is the memory card unchanged so that the next try could still recover everything?

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Non-destructive?
Apr 15, 2007 4:59AM PDT

PC Inspector Smart Recovery never changed any data on my memory cards...it just reads what is there.

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Nondestructive?
Apr 19, 2007 1:42PM PDT

Thanks everybody for your posts. One question still: Are all these programs (and these sorts of programs) nondestructive? By this, I mean, if I try one and it doesn't recover all the photos, is the memory card unchanged so that the next try could still recover everything?

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Nondestructive?
Apr 25, 2007 12:05AM PDT

Thanks everybody for your posts. One question still: Are all these programs (and these sorts of programs) nondestructive? By this, I mean, if I try one and it doesn't recover all the photos, is the memory card unchanged so that the next try could still recover everything?

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Non Destructive
Apr 25, 2007 12:14AM PDT

All of the programs that I have used are non-destructive.

That is the intent of all such programs.

But to say that all such programs are non-destructive would require that someone test several hundred such programs to see.
No one is going to do that type of test.

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Nondestructive?
Apr 25, 2007 4:09AM PDT

Thanks everybody for your posts. One question still: Are all these programs (and these sorts of programs) nondestructive? By this, I mean, if I try one and it doesn't recover all the photos, is the memory card unchanged so that the next try could still recover everything?

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What I've seen is ....
Apr 25, 2007 4:15AM PDT
IF you don't try to repair the memory device then they have been non-destructive.

Bob
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Non distructive photo recovery software
Jun 6, 2008 4:05PM PDT

I know a good non destructive photo recovery software. Stellar Phoenix
photo recovery software recovers lost digital photos from hard drive, memory sticks, flash cards,removable media and digital media.It provides recovery solution for both windows and Macintosh operating systems. You can download the demo version from the site
http://www.photo-recovery-software.com/download-photo-recovery-software.php
The demo version scans your drive for lost file. Once you see the recoverable file you can download the full version for complete recovery of your data.

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zar is the one
Apr 18, 2007 12:35PM PDT
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Restoration
Aug 18, 2007 3:08AM PDT

Though the thread is quite old and its initiator might have found and answer, but I think "Restoration" works quite well.its only 166 kb and does its job well.

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Photo recovery using a freeware
Apr 18, 2007 9:58PM PDT

I suggest you try a freeware based recovery photo process and hopefully it will manage to undelete your photos. Only if it doesn't recover your photos - then go for the costly and hopefully more effective solutions.

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The best ever....
Aug 1, 2007 8:05PM PDT

You want your precious photos recovered ? For me, the best recovery software is the first one I try which does its job. I am unlikely to try out the rest. See which one gets lucky.

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What if the Device is Internally Damaged
Aug 4, 2007 1:15AM PDT

There are some great software companies out there that make good software, this is true. Some cameras with low battery issues can also cause the flash memory to fail. Many people also remove the device during a write/read process, others damage the cards when they are exposed to heat or water, etc. Try to avoid all the above when possible.

Some of the software is terrible though, I know many stories of software that failed when others did not. If the device is dead and there is a need for digital image recovery of data then you might want to talk to http://www.eprovided.com as when the devices are dead, no matter what type, SD cards, CompactFlash, USB drives, thumb drives etc they can help.

Important data is stored on all sorts of mediums so this might be the best solution when you have no way for the software to connect in the first place.

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Recovery software
Aug 5, 2007 1:26AM PDT

I tried one of the "free" recovery programs, but they wanted $29 to allow me to print them.
I had formatted over 100 photos on a memory card. I took it to a local camera store and they recovered all the photos on a CD in one afternoon, and it only cost me $15. I figured they had experience with the process and would be less likely to damage the 2GB card!
Good luck,

Bruce

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Jul 20, 2008 11:53PM PDT

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try recover photos with photoincident
Aug 15, 2008 4:32AM PDT

Hi, I have sucessfully recovered photos with http://www.photoincident.com/photorecovery/ directly from my camera Sony (connected to my PC by USB). The best of all is that you pay only for just one recovery (it cost only 8 eur!), not for all the software so it is quite cheap, and photoincident shows you a preview of the pictures that can recover, so if you are not happy with the shown preview, just don?t follow the process and you do not pay. It is an online program running in your web browser, so no installation is needed.Well in general I think it works quite well and the "online" thing is a good idea.
Hope it helps.
Johnny

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Photo Recovery Software
Sep 11, 2008 10:07PM PDT

I have tried RecoverPlus by Arcksoft and found it very good. It has easy and self explanatory interface that even a beginner can understand.
It can be used both for your media cards and hard-disk and one big plus is that I got my pictures back that I had lost due to Re-formatting of my disk. When the pictures are retrieved you can see the thumbnails also so you know what you are saving. It's that simple. I would prefer this over any other. For a quick find go to www.arcksoft.com

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