Can data be recovered from a CF card, post-format?

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Dumb question, possibly. But I thought I'd ask before giving up. Last
night, while playing with my new Canon PowerShot A95 camera, I selected
the option to format the storage card - with about 120Mb worth of
wedding photos on it.
Accident, stupidity, newbie mistake - whatever. Mea culpa.

Question is, is there any way to recover the data in such a situation?
Does anyone know if what happens is some kind of 'soft' formatting that
could potentially be undone and the images recovered?
If necessary, any pointers to any technicians who might be able to help
with this would be most welcome - UK Thames Valley area.

Believe me, I feel bad enough already at doing this. Be kind.
 
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zkat@europe.com wrote:
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> Dumb question, possibly. But I thought I'd ask before giving up. Last
> night, while playing with my new Canon PowerShot A95 camera, I selected
> the option to format the storage card - with about 120Mb worth of
> wedding photos on it.
> Accident, stupidity, newbie mistake - whatever. Mea culpa.
>
> Question is, is there any way to recover the data in such a situation?
> Does anyone know if what happens is some kind of 'soft' formatting that
> could potentially be undone and the images recovered?
> If necessary, any pointers to any technicians who might be able to help
> with this would be most welcome - UK Thames Valley area.
>
> Believe me, I feel bad enough already at doing this. Be kind.

Google "erased memory card." There's a ton of hits.

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Notan wrote:
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> zkat@europe.com wrote:
> >
> > Dumb question, possibly. But I thought I'd ask before giving up. Last
> > night, while playing with my new Canon PowerShot A95 camera, I selected
> > the option to format the storage card - with about 120Mb worth of
> > wedding photos on it.
> > Accident, stupidity, newbie mistake - whatever. Mea culpa.
> >
> > Question is, is there any way to recover the data in such a situation?
> > Does anyone know if what happens is some kind of 'soft' formatting that
> > could potentially be undone and the images recovered?
> > If necessary, any pointers to any technicians who might be able to help
> > with this would be most welcome - UK Thames Valley area.
> >
> > Believe me, I feel bad enough already at doing this. Be kind.
>
> Google "erased memory card." There's a ton of hits.

One particularly good site seems to be:

http://www.flashfixers.com/press/dima_10_03.html

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zkat@europe.com wrote:
> Dumb question, possibly. But I thought I'd ask before giving up. Last
> night, while playing with my new Canon PowerShot A95 camera, I selected
> the option to format the storage card - with about 120Mb worth of
> wedding photos on it.
> Accident, stupidity, newbie mistake - whatever. Mea culpa.
>
> Question is, is there any way to recover the data in such a situation?
> Does anyone know if what happens is some kind of 'soft' formatting that
> could potentially be undone and the images recovered?
> If necessary, any pointers to any technicians who might be able to help
> with this would be most welcome - UK Thames Valley area.
>
> Believe me, I feel bad enough already at doing this. Be kind.
>
Maybe. Check into photo recovery software on Google. You MAY get
lucky. Usually, format programs just write blank directory structures
and FAT sectors to the card, leaving any data in place. Some software
can find, and recover, the pictures. GOOD LUCK.
And don't DO that again!


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<zkat@europe.com> wrote in message
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> Dumb question, possibly. But I thought I'd ask before giving up. Last
> night, while playing with my new Canon PowerShot A95 camera, I selected
> the option to format the storage card - with about 120Mb worth of
> wedding photos on it.
> Accident, stupidity, newbie mistake - whatever. Mea culpa.
>
> Question is, is there any way to recover the data in such a situation?
> Does anyone know if what happens is some kind of 'soft' formatting that
> could potentially be undone and the images recovered?
> If necessary, any pointers to any technicians who might be able to help
> with this would be most welcome - UK Thames Valley area.
>
> Believe me, I feel bad enough already at doing this. Be kind.
>

I have art plus digital photo recovery in my toolbox, but I have never
needed it yet, it's free
http://www.artplus.hr/ scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Let us know if it does the job.
 
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<zkat@europe.com> wrote in message
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> Accident, stupidity, newbie mistake - whatever. Mea culpa.
>
> Question is, is there any way to recover the data in such a situation?

Digital Image Recovery (DIR) works for me.

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Milton Keynes, UK
http://www.megalith.freeserve.co.uk/oddimage.htm
 

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http://www.digitalleo.com/

I tried all the free ones I could find and found this one to consistently
find more than any of the free ones, but It cost $28. I got it for $20 when
I got it. Free to try. So it wouldn't hurt to try if the others don't find
them all.


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> <zkat@europe.com> wrote in message
> news:1110903912.912282.133630@f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com...
>> Accident, stupidity, newbie mistake - whatever. Mea culpa.
>>
>> Question is, is there any way to recover the data in such a situation?
>
> Digital Image Recovery (DIR) works for me.
>
> --
> M Stewart
> Milton Keynes, UK
> http://www.megalith.freeserve.co.uk/oddimage.htm
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>
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zkat@europe.com wrote in news:1110903912.912282.133630
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> I selected
> the option to format the storage card - with about 120Mb worth of
> wedding photos on it.
>

Have you considered the witness protection program? Those brides and MOBs
can be scary.
 

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On 15 Mar 2005 08:25:12 -0800, zkat@europe.com wrote:

>Dumb question, possibly. But I thought I'd ask before giving up. Last
>night, while playing with my new Canon PowerShot A95 camera, I selected
>the option to format the storage card - with about 120Mb worth of
>wedding photos on it.
>Accident, stupidity, newbie mistake - whatever. Mea culpa.
>
>Question is, is there any way to recover the data in such a situation?
>Does anyone know if what happens is some kind of 'soft' formatting that
>could potentially be undone and the images recovered?
>If necessary, any pointers to any technicians who might be able to help
>with this would be most welcome - UK Thames Valley area.
>
>Believe me, I feel bad enough already at doing this. Be kind.

Photo Rescue works well.
 

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Hi,

SanDisk supplies a RescuePro mini-CD with its CF cards, free of extra
charge. It is supposed to rescue files that are lost in situations such as
yours. I have not used it yet, as I have been fortunate enough not to need
it.

Might I suggest that you back up your digital photo files. Burning to a
CD-R is quite cheap, and fast. There are now blank CD-Rs available that
have a gold-sputtered surface that supposedly lasts for 100 years, made by
Delkin. They cost about U.S. $1.75 each, and can hold about 200 JPEG
photos taken at highest res. by my 5 MP camera.

Good luck.

Morton Linder

zkat@europe.com wrote:

> Dumb question, possibly. But I thought I'd ask before giving up. Last
> night, while playing with my new Canon PowerShot A95 camera, I selected
> the option to format the storage card - with about 120Mb worth of
> wedding photos on it.
> Accident, stupidity, newbie mistake - whatever. Mea culpa.
>
> Question is, is there any way to recover the data in such a situation?
> Does anyone know if what happens is some kind of 'soft' formatting that
> could potentially be undone and the images recovered?
> If necessary, any pointers to any technicians who might be able to help
> with this would be most welcome - UK Thames Valley area.
>
> Believe me, I feel bad enough already at doing this. Be kind.
 
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Thanks for the suggestions, folks.
Will follow up.

The backup idea is a good one that I would usually have followed. Just
got too eager to show off the results before I did a backup, and paid
the price.
 
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