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Recovering deleted images from a SD card?

Discussion in 'Computer Related Help & Discussion' started by explorer900, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. explorer900

    explorer900 New Member

    I loaned my HP 727 digital camera to my Mum & Dad last week for a holiday in Italy. They also had the instruction book for the camera with them but it seems the 25 or so shots that were taken have been accidentally deleted - not by me I hasten to add!

    This HP camera uses SD cards and I'm curious to know if these cards behave like hard drives so that even if you think files/images have been deleted it's still possible to recover the data using a suitable program.
    So is there a data recovery program available at a reasonable price?

    My parents are retired and these shots they took are 'snaps' of their trip. They'll be disappointed if I can't recover the pictures but it won't be a major loss to them.

    Any advice much appreciated.
  2. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    There are tools out there that allow you to undelete files on cards, but the card can't have been used since the files were deleted. I'll leave other to post links to the various bits of software as I don't know them.

    But... If they accidentally deleted the files and then carried on taking photos, you might not be able to get them back.
  3. Gordon_McGeachie

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  4. ej0nny

    ej0nny New Member


    As previously stated if the card has been used to take pictures since the time of loss then pictures will be overwritten and are not recoverable.

  5. DOA_Draven

    DOA_Draven Well-Known Member

    Over written or not, I'd still give it a go. It's suprising what can be recovered.

    To completely erase a file it needs to have been shredded, over written several times.

    I have just recovered files for a customer on a HDD that crashed in a major way. The customer got his files back, plus about 4000+ 'adult images' he never knew were on his HDD. To date we have no idea where these images came from.

    He never knew they were there, often search for jpg across the HDD, the computer was never online for it to be used a an unwitting 'porn server'.

    This was using a commercial package.
  6. ej0nny

    ej0nny New Member

    I must disagree with this statement.

    If its been overwritten then you CANNOT recover with any commercial package, period !

    The images recovered in this case must be from unallocated space on the disk and could not have been overwritten. A simple recovery is therefore possible by searching for file headers of jpgs or be it any other type of file.

  7. DOA_Draven

    DOA_Draven Well-Known Member

    I stand corrected. :)

    Over written data cannot be recovered using standard commercial programs though often advertised by some companies on the internet.

    However there is some discussion as to whether or not various government/military agencies can recover overwritten data by analysing individual bits on the HDD using highly specialised equipment. Of course this is not an option here.

    Sorry for the confusion. :)

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