Uh oh – you just took a bucketful of honeymoon photos and towards the end of the trip your friend borrows the camera and accidentally formats the memory card. Ahhhhh!!! Don’t freak out yet. Memory cards work similar to the way computer hard drives do – or any solid state disk for that matter. Just like data on computers can be restored, so can data on memory cards. Here’s what to do if you accidentally erased the photos on your memory card.
How to Restore Images on Your Camera Memory Card
Some cameras may have an undelete feature, although these tend to be less common. The best way to restore the images on your camera is to use a software called Remo Recover (available for Windows and Mac). There are several photo restore software packages out there, but we’ve found this one to be the most reliable. It exercises caution by leaving your memory card untouched (some utilities will apply formatting to the camera’s memory card that will corrupt the image files and prevent them from being restored). It’s important that you use this software and not utilities designed to undelete or unerase data on typical hard drives. The difference being that the Image Recall software is specifically designed to recover lost images on camera memory cards.
- Pulling out the memory card without switching OFF the camera
- Accidental deletion
- Formatting the computer hard drive or memory card
- Corruption/damage of the storage device
- Corruption/damage of the file system of your computer system
- Turning off the digital camera during a write process
Recover Files and Images From All Kinds of Media
- Camera flash memory cards including
- Compact Flash Card (CF)
- Smart Media Card
- Secure Digital Card (SD)
- Multi-Media Card (MMC)
- XD Picture Card (XD)
- Micro Drive
- Sony Memory Stick (Duo, Pro)
- Removable storage including
- Zip disk
- USB drives
- Hard drives
Key Features of Remo Recover
- Highly interactive user interface
- Easy to use no technical knowledge required
- Recover files from IDE / ATA / SATA / SCSI hard disk drives, SD Cards, CF Cards, XD Cards, Memory Sticks, external Zip drives and USB hard drives
- Supports Windows 2000 / XP / VISTA / 2003 Server Operating Systems
- Supports FAT, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5 file systems
- Recovers photo / picture files from deleted, damaged and formatted drives
- Supports recovery from Basic and Dynamic Volumes
- Supports almost all photo formats used by popular digital cameras including JPG, JPEG, TIF, TIFF, PNG, BMP, GIF etc
- Supports photo recovery of high-end raw image formats for most popular professional digital photo camera like CANON (CRW, CR2), NIKON (NEF), SONY (SR2, SRF), OLYMPUS (ORF), MINOLTA (MRW)
- Supported Music File Formats: MP3, WAV, MIDI, MP4
- Supported Video File Formats: AVI, MOV, MP4, MPG
- Preview file before recovery. RAW file preview is also available
- Restores recovered data to CD/DVD
- Files and folders can be recovered to any (local or network) drive accessible by operating system
- Recovers data in compressed form (Zip format, to unzip software like WinZip or similar product should be installed).
Use Remo Recover to Get Your Photos Back!
My wife was experimenting around with our new Canon Powershot digital camera on our honeymoon. We had several wedding pictures and videos on there, and while she was playing around with the settings, she accidentally formatted the camera’s SD memory card. How did this happen? She thought the “format” setting had something to do with picture quality. I can’t believe Canon didn’t think to at least add a warning message that the photos would be deleted. Nope – after clicking OK the camera card’s memory was promptly deleted, without any warnings. To a non-tech user this is not very transparent. Thank goodness she didn’t check the “low-level” format setting – which would have made it even more difficult to recover the data (she thought the “low” had to do with image resolution and didn’t check it, preferring a “high” resolution Phew!!!!
Preliminary Steps to Prepare Your Memory Card for Restoration
If you find that you’ve accidentally erased the pictures on your camera’s memory card by formatting the card, make sure you remove the card from the camera and don’t take new pictures until you’ve had a chance to restore the old ones. In our case, we bought a new memory card to use until we got home and I had a chance to restore the photos. I wasn’t sure if it would work, but lo and behold, after Googling and giving a demo of Remo Recover (Windows | Mac) a try, all our precious wedding photos and videos were restored. Woohoo!
Used Remo Recover? Do you like it or hate it?