Recover Formatted SD Card

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  1. NateS

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    I have an SD card that got lost (recently found) and it was in the car all summer...due to the heat it reads it as no images even though there were images taken on the card....recovery software get them back possibly??
     
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    No guarantees there, but it's worth a try. There are several freebies which would be worth a shot.

    For example, try this: MjM Free Photo Recovery Software Freeware

    or these:
    Top 5 Free Photo Recovery Software Programs
     
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    Cool...thanks for the tips.
     
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    Trever1t Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    this is not true, actually unless memory is over-written it is possible to recover files on discs that have been formatted repeatedly. Recently I was able to recover 222 shots on the end of a CF card that had been reformatted no less than 15 times.

    I used the free software that came with the Sandisc CF card, ResuePro.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    There is no way to erase flash memory.

    When a flash memory is reformatted, the FAT (File Allocation Table) is updated to show that all memory locations are again available for overwritting.

    If older photos have not been overwritten, they are still there.

    Heat (card left in car all summer) may cause electronic component failure, but at the least will induce noise which scrambles the FAT, any file header data, and image data.
     
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    There's plenty of FREE card recovery software available.... it simply takes a little Google legwork. Here, I'll get you started..... click here.

    Some FREEware will not work with a reformatted card. Some FREEware will. Some FREEware is capable of handling raw images, some are not. After that, look into Shareware.... it's like freeware, but asks for donations.

    Once you have tried all the free options, there's a plethora of commercially available, low-cost (less than $50) downloadable options. If those options don't work, and the images are worth the money and effort, only then would I resort to sending the card to a recovery service.
     
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    Thanks you for your spam. [​IMG]
     
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    bratkinson No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    One of my biggest concerns with SD cards and CF cards is the possibility of losing them due to their size. CF cards, being not much bigger than a quarter, they'd be easy to fall out of my pocket with other coins while seated. For this reason, I bought an irridesent lime-green card holder that's nearly the size of a pack of cigarettes. Hard to lose due to size and color, and it floats!

    Amazon.com: gepe card safe

    No, I'm not a paid shill of theirs...first I had the SD only card safe, but with my 5D3, graduated to the CF+SD card safe.
     
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