Camera Sync Deletes Files: Is there an easy file recovery method?

im_to_hyper

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So here's the deal: I have a Sony 7.2MP digital camera and was out taking some pictures on Lake Superior. It has a 512MB memory card in it. I took a bunch of pictures, then deleted them by dragging them to the trash, but then failed to empty the trash. Then I just pulled the plug on the cable. No big deal, really.

Well, so I took a bunch more pictures, some of which were really amazing. I connected my camera to my MacBook, turned it on and the memory stick icon appeared. After clicking on it, the folder that contains the pictures was missing!

I have no idea where the files went. The indicator on the camera shows the space is being used up by something, and the Finder shows the space is being used up.

I thought the files may have been hidden, but a search for hidden files with a .jpg extension only reveals the files that I had trashed earlier, but never emptied. On my Windows partition, only the ".trashes" folder and the trashed files within showed up.

I have no idea what could have happened! Where did the files go? Is there any way to try and recover these? Heck, I have a picture of a 12 foot Lake Sturgeon that decided to surface. This would be cool to actually have some pictures of and to recover these files.
 

Fleetwood Mac

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When I'm in situations like you I usually just put the card from my camera into the card reader on my PC notebook. Usually the pictures are sitting in some folder that doesn't come through over the card>>camera>>usb>>computer for reasons unknown. If you know a friend who has one, or have access to a card reader, I'd pop in there and see if anything comes up.
 

im_to_hyper

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iDuck said:
When I'm in situations like you I usually just put the card from my camera into the card reader on my PC notebook. Usually the pictures are sitting in some folder that doesn't come through over the card>>camera>>usb>>computer for reasons unknown. If you know a friend who has one, or have access to a card reader, I'd pop in there and see if anything comes up.
No, it was viewed on the Windows partition and there was nothing there as well... so I doubt that finding a memory stick pro duo - mem stick regular adapter then the appropriate adapter to the PC would work. There hopefully is an alternate method :(
 

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im_to_hyper said:
No, it was viewed on the Windows partition and there was nothing there as well... so I doubt that finding a memory stick pro duo - mem stick regular adapter then the appropriate adapter to the PC would work. There hopefully is an alternate method :(
I know some photo finishing places around here have picture a recovery service. You could try and find one of them??

So sorry that you lost your photos, I know how it feels, and whish you lots of luck. Whish I could be more helpful. :eek:
 

im_to_hyper

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iDuck said:
I know some photo finishing places around here have picture a recovery service. You could try and find one of them??

So sorry that you lost your photos, I know how it feels, and whish you lots of luck. Whish I could be more helpful. :eek:
Hmmm no problem. I ended up just not being able to get them and will have to take some again a different day.