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LastLine

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Hey all, i've just lost some important pictures off of a camera memory card that I wanna try and get back, anyone know of any free/trial software I could use to try and help me with that?
 

Blue Velvet

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First thing to do is stop using the Mac as the chances of your files being overwritten increase as time goes on.

Most of the data recovery software trials I tried will let you see what is recoverable but you then have to pay money to get the fully-functional version for recovery.

TechTool Pro did the trick for me on some large files I stupidly trashed.
 

Sesshi

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Hey all, i've just lost some important pictures off of a camera memory card that I wanna try and get back, anyone know of any free/trial software I could use to try and help me with that?

If it's off a memory card and we're not talking about discs, then you're likely out of luck. The only way you can get files off a normally functioning card is if you haven't emptied out the wastebasket yet. If it's a dodgy card, the chances of recovery are even slimmer.
 

LastLine

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If it's off a memory card and we're not talking about discs, then you're likely out of luck. The only way you can get files off a normally functioning card is if you haven't emptied out the wastebasket yet. If it's a dodgy card, the chances of recovery are even slimmer.

Nah, I've got a bit of windows software back hoem that'll do the job, just wanted to try doing it on the Macbook. Seems like I'm out of luck lol
 

Richard Flynn

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Have a look at this post on TUAW from the beginning of this month. They begin by recommending a piece of pay software, but people in the comments suggest various free alternatives for recovering photos from memory cards.
 

USMaC

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I've had good results using PhotoRescue with my Sony MSPD on a few occasions. It is not free ($29), but as with other programs mentioned here, you can download the demo to see what files you will be able to recover before paying for the full version. Hope this helps.
 

marco114

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data recovery software

Here's another Mac app that has been around a long time and not many people know about: Boomerang Data Recovery Software.

I've also used VirtualLab Data Recovery Software (OS X version) but found it to be much more expensive and you have to pay for each use. Boomerang seems better.

I've also used TechTool, but it doesn't really "recover" data. Disk Warrior isn't really a recovery tool either, it does repair. Sometimes that can be bad on a volume that doesn't mount because there can be worse problems than just directory structure.

I haven't used Data Rescue yet but I've heard its not too bad.
 

TraceyS/FL

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I've had good results using PhotoRescue with my Sony MSPD on a few occasions. It is not free ($29), but as with other programs mentioned here, you can download the demo to see what files you will be able to recover before paying for the full version. Hope this helps.

This is what i've used and it ROCKS.

Worth the $$ (saved pictures from my brothers wedding!!)

I've had to use it 3 more times since i got it. Highly recommended on dpreview.com
 

LauraEag

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Photorec worked great!

Try Photorec, part of the TestDisk suite
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download
It's command line based but quite straightforward. It's free and is one of the best file carving tools available, paid or otherwise.

Thanks Jim. I was looking for something free and the Photorec software was perfect. Relatively straightforward (even if it is command line based) and I was able to retrieve 600 pics that would have been lost otherwise.

Thanks!
 

allenluk

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First thing to do is stop using the Mac as the chances of your files being overwritten increase as time goes on.

Since what "LastLine" lost were originally located on the camera (memory card), I suppose the first thing should do is stop taking more photos (or videos) using the same camera card instead of stop using the Mac. :)

i've just lost some important pictures off of a camera memory card that I wanna try and get back, anyone know of any free/trial software I could use to try and help me with that?

TestDisk is definitely the frist option as it is completely freeware. But there are some other options available here, listing a couple good software for recovering digital camera files on both PC and Mac. Though not freeware, free scan & fair price are also worth for a trying.

Remember - do a regular backup and bear the concept of "data backup" in mind for always, I promise it won't hurt! Happy the holiday! Regards.
 

LastLine

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Yes, thankfully I did sort it many years ago - but kudos for trying!
 
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