SD Card Data Recovery? :(

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by mulletman13, Sep 15, 2006.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2004
    Los Angeles.
    Hey guys,

    Just got back from my trip to California and had a GREAT time, however my friend ran into a problem out there.

    He kept a TON of photos on his SD card from about January, and when he deleted them, he did it through the in-camera system. In any case, now the card does not show up when plugged into a PC or Mac... and the camera gives a read error whenever it is turned on with the card in.

    We are currently looking at a few Data Recovery services, but it is a 1.0gb SD Card and the places that I have seen want about $125 for this. This is a lot more than I was expecting, and I'm curious if anybody can offer some advice. Other services, or any other cheaper alternatives.

    Thank you very much,

  2. Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    So the images were never downloaded to the machine?

    You may be able to recover the image files with TechTools or another application, but the cost is similar to what you have been quoted.

    Always, always, always:

    Burn a CD or DVD of the contents of your CF or SD cards before you do ANYTHING else.

    Saves heartbreak, guaranteed.

    Good luck.
  3. macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2005
    between flesh and thought
  4. macrumors 68020

    Apr 14, 2001
    Fukuoka, Japan
    You can also use DataRescue for that: it is designed to recover data and unlike DiskWarrior, only reads of the damaged volume. I've successfully recovered image files from a memory card with it.
  5. macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    Try Data Rescue- if it can recover images in demo mode, then buy it.

  6. macrumors 68020

    Apr 14, 2001
    Fukuoka, Japan
    The nice thing about Data Rescue is that it's the best data recovery tool for the Mac out there, bar none! It is not limited to memory cards and recovering images and has saved my bacon on two occasions. It's well worth the money!
  7. macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2006
    I use PhotoRec Its free but a bit disconcerting to use at first but does a suprisingly good job. I always end up recovering more than I was expecting. You will find the original filenames are gone so you have to manually sort it out, but at least you get everything back :)
  8. macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2012
    I can only confirm: just killed almost 100 pictures when "playing" with an SD and my iPad. Thanks to DataRescue 3 I was able to recover all accidentally delete pictures. Great tool!
  9. macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2011
  10. Hylimasda, Jul 27, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2013

    macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2013
    Be patient. If you're using a program that supports deep scanning at the cost of a slower recovery process, use it. The speed of this type of scan depends on your system's CPU rather than its I/O, as most of the work involves matching file signatures and checking for false positives. If you're in a hurry, run a deep scan using the fastest machine you have access to.

    Other solution is: Try Viboosoft Card Data Recovery, Google it.
  11. macrumors member

    Windows Expat

    Jun 11, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I've had good luck with a program called Card Rescue. Not too pricey either.
  12. macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    The OP asked the question in 2006... so I expect that patience is no longer the major issue.

    BTW: Despite my tongue-in-cheek response... your advice is good. ;)

    For those who have not run across this issue... I recommend using "mirrored mode" if your camera supports dual SD cards. I also recommend backing up your pictures to a computer nightly... and not erasing SD cards until you know everything is imported and backed up. For me, this happens at the end of a trip once I am home, and everything is saved on my iMac.

  13. macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2007
    I had the same problem, and used Klix from Joesoft (now Prosoft) after trying a bunch of free tools. Klix worked perfectly and recovered all the files.

    Good luck.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2013
    Many 3rd Party Softz are there for this task. Your work is to just find the right one. Just search a bit.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2013
    umm , why is this not locked if the OP was from 2006 ?
  16. macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2013
    New York
    I think I found the answer I want. Thanks guys!:)
  17. macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2015
    Just used PhotoRec and it was awesome. The command line interface may seem daunting, but it doesn't require any coding. Just navigate the menu with your arrow keys. Worked beautifully!
  18. macrumors newbie


    Nov 27, 2014
    When you plug the SD Card in the Mac, it didn't appear on Mac? Data Recovery software are all basic on computer. If the software doesn't find the SD card, then how to scan the SD card?
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2010
  20. macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2015
    When you're looking at the list of directories, check the instructions that are on that page. There was details about expanding the list, so you could see more files/directories. I didn't see my SD card at first, but followed the instruction and the rest of the directories appeared. Hope that helps!

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