Image Recovery

Reading Andrew Kantor‘s ‘Legal Rights of Photographers V2.0’ made me want to share my recovery thoughts with everyone.  Working at a camera repair shop I deal with a lot of image recoveries.  As a photographer, you can sometimes get faced with an ultimatum of deleting a photograph or having your equipment taken.  We know police can not take our gear but we also know that if we are at a goverment owned property that clearly states no photography, one must obey.  I have never personally been given an ultimatum, however have in fact needed to use an Image Recovery software for my own media cards.  Back in the day I was using an Olympus C-4040 which used Smart Media Cards.  These were horribly designed cards and prone for failure.  I took a trip out to the Grand Canyon and had a huge photo project I was doing.  I took over 600 photos in 4 hours while walking around the Canyon.  When I got home from my trip and tried to download the photos they were all corrupted and/or missing.  Years later when software was released for recovery I gave it a try and managed to recover a few photos from the trip.  Unfortunatly none were from the Grand Canyon but I know the recovery worked even years later after not using the camera again.

What software do I like?

On a Windows machine I prefer Lexar’s Image Rescue 3.  It is much better than the previous RAM hog of version 2 and recovers like a champ.  Lexar gives the software free with their Professional cards.

On a Mac I prefer Prosoft’s Data Rescue II as it really gets deep into the data and even pulls up the camera’s temp files.  I have also used Lexar’s Image Rescue 3 on the MAC which runs smoother than on the Windows machine.

A great link which Andrew Kantor linked to in his PDF has a big list of recovery software.  


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