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Topic # 15040 1-Aug-2007 07:49
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Help! I'm trying to recover data from a formatted compact flash card. I think photos have been taken since the card was formatted. Is there any way what so ever of recovering the data from before the card was formatted???

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Reply # 80689 1-Aug-2007 08:50
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I've changed the topic of this discussion, because "HELP" will not tell anyone what this topic is about, probably lowering the chances anyone would reply to it.

I've tried a couple of products (Google is your friend, I can't remember the names now), and pretty much they were useless really...

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  Reply # 80702 1-Aug-2007 09:58
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I disagree that flash card recovery software is generally useless.

The compact flash controller equalises the use each block gets so your photos may not have been overwritten even though new photos have been taken. Try PhotoRescue in trial mode to see what is recoverable. Then you have the option of paying or trying some of the other free options that Google will turn up.


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  Reply # 80705 1-Aug-2007 10:24
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Try GetDataBack for FAT.  I recently had an NTFS external drive die on me, but GetDataBack (NTFS) managed to get most of my data back.  Try downloading the trial and run it to see if it can recover anything.  It should work for both flash cards and hard drives.

You can download it from here.

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  Reply # 80720 1-Aug-2007 12:41
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I second the use of GetDataBack for FAT.

I have just used it this week to recover photos from an SD card that gave me an IO error while taking a photo and died (camera and PC then thought card was unformatted) while I was travelling in the USA. I originally left the card with Woolf Photography in Denver for a day and they told me they could recover nothing from it. However, on my return I tried GetDataBack and have retrieved almost all of the photos.

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