Recovering Images from an Erased SD Card

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by effectivepull, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. effectivepull macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2011
    I took some pictures last weekend and tried to get them imported to Aperture 3. Everything looked great as the images were being imported into Aperture. The usual dialogue box appeared at the end of the process asking me if I wanted to delete the images from card which I did as it appeared everything went well.

    Well, something failed. There are no images from the card in Aperture and the folder I created on my Drobo where the master files were to be stored is empty.

    I did not re-format the card in my camera. The finder does not show any images on the card.

    I suspect that I can still recover the images but how? I have DiskWarrior from a previous disaster but not sure that will work for my current disaster.

    How can I recover my images from the erased SD Card?

  2. Zh2 macrumors member

    May 21, 2011
    In a house in England.
  3. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Are you positive the photos are not in A3? I would select the entire top level directories and arrange photos by date. They should be at the end. A3 has a lot of options when you import photos, and it is possible to be confused on where the photos are stored. If you find the photos, you can locate masters for those photos.

  4. effectivepull thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2011
    I'll give this a go tonight if I can't locate the photos. Thanks so much for your help.


    I'm ALMOST positive. I restarted A3, my computer and searched for the name of the project in A3 all to no avail. I arranged projects (haven't tried photos yet) and didn't see them. I'll have another look again tonight.

    Your suggestions are greatly appreciated. :)
  5. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
  6. mtbdudex macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2007
    SE Michigan
    effectivepull, just saying I feel your pain and hopefully A3 has them imported and for some reason you could not see them before, that is ideal situtation.

    fwiw, I got burned once by importing photos, ejecting the SD card w/o deleting images , NOT doing a manual/forced timecapsule backup, re-format the SD card in-camera, and too hastily deleting images from the new project AND trash. Trying too hard to stay on top of downloading/processing many images.

    Now, I turned OFF the option to delete images on the SD card upon eject via A3 (so it never asks), and only format the SD card in-camera after seeing them in A3 AND after manually running the timecapsule backup.
    My lesson learned....
  7. effectivepull thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2011
    PhotoRec is working like a charm. Thanks!
    I tried but realized it didn't support RAW files.

    I've learned a lesson for sure. From now on, I'll drag files from the card to my Drobo, then import from that folder to A3, once everything is kosher, I'll delete/reformat the card in camera.

    Disaster averted. Thank you all for your help!
  8. greenbase macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2011

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