I just came back from vacation. I had over 2400 photos on my memory card.
When I went to off-load the photos to my computer, the card was reading blank.
I know that I did not reformat the card. Is there any hope for me to recover
the pictures that I took?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #49, I look at a camera memory card that has lost vacation
photos. You can be sure I mention backups!
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The best I can offer is: maybe.
What I would suggest you do is three things:
- One is I would take that memory card to a different computer and see if a
different computer can actually make sense of it.
If so, copy that data off immediately and back it up.
- Second, I would try a data recovery utility like
Recuva. I have a link to
Recuva in one of my other articles.
What it will do is try and look at the data that it can see on the memory
card, see if it can make sense of it, and see if it can recover any of the files
there-on. If it can, absolutely! Copy them off immediately.
- Finally, and I know that this is painful, but if these pictures are
important to you, you might want to look into locating a data recovery
They may be able to recover data from that memory card that more traditional
tools that you and I have access to would not be able to get.
Travel backup strategy
Now, I do have to point out that 2400 pictures on a single memory card? Boy!
I mean this sounds like really rude… but you’re asking for trouble. You just
When I went on a trip a few years ago and I knew that I was going to be
taking a lot of pictures, I actually put together a fairly detailed approach to
how I backed that up as I went along.
There really is no substitute for a backup;
And traveling is unfortunately not an excuse to not back up.
Many people use it as one. They’ll just say, “It will last while I’m on my
trip.” But as you’ve seen, that isn’t necessarily true.
So, I would definitely investigate (for future trips) that you make sure to
have some kind of an approach to backing up your pictures as you travel.
If it is in one place…
If it is only in one place;
In other words, if it’s only on a SD card – if it’s only in your camera;
Then the data’s not backed up;
And you run the risk of losing all of the pictures that you’ve taken on your
So, that’s the lesson to learn from here. I hope that one or two of of the
techniques that I mentioned earlier will recover the data for you. If not, my
only hope then will be to send you to a data recovery service and be prepared
to spend a little bit of money to try and get those pictures back.
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