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Even when traveling (or especially when traveling!), backing up is still important. A backup strategy would have saved these vacation photos.
I just came back from vacation. I had over 2400 photos on my memory card. When I went to off-load the photos to my computer, the card was reading blank. I know that I did not reformat the card. Is there any hope for me to recover the pictures that I took?
In this excerpt from Answercast #49, I look at a camera memory card that has lost vacation photos. You can be sure I mention backups!
The best I can offer is: maybe.
What I would suggest you do is three things:
If so, copy that data off immediately and back it up.
What it will do is try and look at the data that it can see on the memory card, see if it can make sense of it, and see if it can recover any of the files there-on. If it can, absolutely! Copy them off immediately.
They may be able to recover data from that memory card that more traditional tools that you and I have access to would not be able to get.
Now, I do have to point out that 2400 pictures on a single memory card? Boy! I mean this sounds like really rude... but you're asking for trouble. You just are.
When I went on a trip a few years ago and I knew that I was going to be taking a lot of pictures, I actually put together a fairly detailed approach to how I backed that up as I went along.
There really is no substitute for a backup;
And traveling is unfortunately not an excuse to not back up.
Many people use it as one. They'll just say, "It will last while I'm on my trip." But as you've seen, that isn't necessarily true.
So, I would definitely investigate (for future trips) that you make sure to have some kind of an approach to backing up your pictures as you travel.
If it is only in one place;
In other words, if it's only on a SD card - if it's only in your camera;
Then the data's not backed up;
And you run the risk of losing all of the pictures that you've taken on your trip.
So, that's the lesson to learn from here. I hope that one or two of of the
techniques that I mentioned earlier will recover the data for you. If not, my
only hope then will be to send you to a data recovery service and be prepared
to spend a little bit of money to try and get those pictures back.
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