Don’t Lose Your Images…or Your Mind

It may come as a surprise but I make the same kind of boneheaded mistakes as everybody else. The only difference is that I get to turn these bloopers into stories that can help this blog’s readers avoid the same blunders. At least, that’s the theory.

The Back-story: Mary and I returned from Utah where I shoot lots of images. She wanted to see all of my pictures right away and instead of looking at them on the camera’s LCD screen I suggested we transfer the files to this new whiz-bang portable device that would store images and then play them back on a big screen. The payoff was since the files would already be stored on the device’s hard drive and I’d be able to easily transfer the images to my computer. Problem was (and you saw this coming didn’t you?) the device didn’t work. To compound the felony, I not only erased the CompactFlash cards containing the files but formatted them as well.

“What’s A Poor Hippo To Do?” That’s the inscription on the coffee mug I was holding while trying to sort out this problem when I remembered that there’s all kind of image file rescue software available. Why not try a one and see what happens? The good news is that all of the files were saved and here is the program that came to the rescue.

Pierre Vandevenne created PhotoRescue for both Mac OS and Windows and it will undelete, unerase, and recover lost image files from corrupted, erased, or damaged CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, xD, MMC, or Secure Digital memory cards. It even works with cards, like mine, that have been formatted. In some cases, PhotoRescue can rebuild pictures that suffered minor corruptions.

The program recovers many different kinds of file types but its algorithms are optimized for JPEG, TIFF, GIF, and BMP. PhotoRescue also supports CRW, NEF, ORF, MRW RAW formats and many kinds of video files. Data Rescue guarantees the program’s data recovery performance. Once the software previews your photographs on screen, they will be recovered or you get your money back

PhotoRescue is available in three versions: There’s an easy-to-use Wizard (the one I used), a fully controllable Expert and an Advanced version for technicians. The differences between the Wizard and Expert versions are minor, although Expert is somewhat faster. Right now, the Wizard and Expert version costs $29 while the Advanced version is $99. You can download a demo version and try it yourself.

Author: Joe Farace

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