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Old April 17th, 2010, 06:00 PM   #1
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nightmare scenario, all files gone - recovered!

The short story - shot 16 gigs of b roll, reviewed the first few and the last in the camera, saw all the clips - all was fine.
Put the card in a reader, saw 16 or so gigs of data, set and started transfer and went downstairs for coffee.
Came back. 1.5 gigs copied, transfer complete, everything else vanished.
Had more coffee. Thought.
I trust CF cards - headers get lost sometimes but the files have always been there for me, just a matter of finding them. So I tried the usual things. No joy.
Thought some more, tried a few more, more no joy. Cursed a bit.
Tried "PHOTORESCUE" demo which saved some stills for me a while back. It saw the 16 gigs that I knew were there (somewhere). $29 and 20 minutes later the files were back on a hard drive, 22 minutes later they were on two.
No great lesson on how to avoid troubles - some days trouble will just seek you out. S*** happens.
When it does Photorescue may save you time messing with other free or really expensive solutions. I just wish I thought of it first, if there is a next time I will.
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Old April 26th, 2010, 07:57 PM   #2
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Does it work for .mov files?
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Old April 26th, 2010, 10:33 PM   #3
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Wow- thanks for the heads up about that program. I too had a bad experience but was, unfortunately, more than a scare. I was never able to recover the files- the card ended up being toast. It was a brand new Sandisk 16gig too- first time using it ever.

Moral of the story for me: test all new cards before using them on a shoot!
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Old April 27th, 2010, 09:32 AM   #4
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Jonathan, It did recover all the mov files. I tried two other programs but they didn't see anything on the card, the Photorescue processed for 20 minutes or so and recovered all of them. It did generate a new name and number for each, ie "recovered 01" etc.
But it worked as advertised and saved me from having to shoot it all again.
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Old April 27th, 2010, 10:22 AM   #5
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Awesome! I will file that back for a rainy day. Thanks.
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Old April 28th, 2010, 06:06 PM   #6
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Is this a promotion for tape based capture? Can you image if this happened on a wedding shoot or some other one shot deal?
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Old April 29th, 2010, 11:49 AM   #7
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Luckily when it comes to most (obviously not all) CF problems like this, it's just about losing or corrupting the file list(whatever that is called) on the card and a program can go through and find the files and just add a new name to each one. For some reason I've heard this tends to be a little more successful to recovery consistently on MACs then PCs only because of the way OSX deals with files.

A good thing for everyone to know is this will work 9-10 times if you accidentally format your card in-camera before downloading to a computer since all your camera is doing is erasing the file list(again I forget the technical name for this) and not the actual files. This is why you should always have a laptop on-set and CF rescue program already on it (what if you don't have internet access).

Photorescue seems to be the best at finding digital media files (not a plug for program just personal experience trying more then one program in the past and what I've heard from others) but I always have success with Lexar's Image Rescue 3 as well. Haven't tried version 4 yet. I feel one should always have more then one recovery program anyways. Spending $60ish dollars total on two programs that might save a project is more then worth it.
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