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How to Undelete Photos from a Memory Card!
Even if you accidentally deleted your photos or formatted your memory card, it is usually possible to recover the photos!
Deleted Photos from Memory Card
One of the disadvantages of digital photography is the ease in which we can accidentally delete or format a memory card and instantly lose all of our photos!
It turns out that when you hit Delete or Format, it is almost always possible to get these photos back without any damage or corruption.
What to do if I deleted my Photos?
The following guidelines are absolutely essential to increase the odds that you can recover as many photos as possible:
- DO NOT take any more photos with this card.
- DO NOT copy or install any files to this card.
- DO set the card's Write Protect tab to Lock.
This is only usually an option with SD (Secure Digital) cards, but see if your card has such a slide switch.
- DO recovery with advanced techniques.
The majority of recovery programs available on the web can only fix a portion of your deleted files, leaving many others behind.
*** Submit your Memory Card for Advanced Recovery! ***
In the near future I plan to release a tool that will allow you to recover your own photos. In advance of the release, I am occasionally accepting memory card data for custom analysis.
For a limited time, I will be analyzing and recovering deleted memory cards.
STATUS: Submissions Currently Offline, please check back later.
Not all JPEG Recovery Programs are the same
There are a huge number of JPEG recovery / undelete programs available on the web, many even for free. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these can only handle the simplest types of deleted files: unfragmented photos.
So, while these programs may recover dozens of your deleted photos without problem, it is highly likely that you will discover:
- You are missing many photos that should have been recovered
- The photos that were recovered are corrupted.
Ironically enough, it is often these simple recovery programs that generate the thousands of corrupted photos that I've analyzed over the years. The recovery software is often at fault for being too simplistic. Unfortunately, most users give up after seeing the results of their recovery, and assume that all recovery programs are alike. This is far from the case!