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Old September 3rd, 2013, 10:58 AM   #1
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Hi All

I recently put my 32gb Sandisk extreme in my Canon DSLR from my Canon XF100 by mistake. Now when I put it in the video camera it says check data and initializing card recommended. I know the data is still on there anybody have idea how to get the footage back. It's some product footage I've done for someone and could really do with retrieving it. The Canon XF utility program that came with it wont read it from the PC either.

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Old September 3rd, 2013, 11:30 AM   #2
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Re: lost data

Great feeling eh!

there are a number of posts similar to yours on here and a number of recommendations - I use a utility called recover my photo's. It works for amy media and does a great job. there are any number of card recovery utilities - some better than others.

Your data should still be there - formatting a card usually just means wiping the directory so the card 'thinks' it's empty.
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 12:08 PM   #3
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Thanks Paul

I knew the data would still be there I have not formatted the card at all just put it in the DSLR and switched the camera on and realized straight away wrong card. just wondered on peoples recommendations for a good safe program to download. How do I find the other posts on the same topic on here, Oh and like you say great feeling.

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Old September 3rd, 2013, 02:06 PM   #4
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Re: lost data

At one time SANDISK had a recovery utility bundled with the card.
Some new cards came with a 1-year license for a utility.
First thing is to lock the card to inhibit further writes.

My experience is that performance of the utilities is spotty, and some work with photos but haev problems with video. Some may work with AVCHD but not other formats.
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 07:16 PM   #5
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Re: lost data

Mick, is it correct that the entire XF100 folder/file structure from your product shoot is still on the CF card? If that's true, most likely your MXF files are untouched, in which case you could copy them using a card reader to your computer.

I'm sure there are other programs that will read the plain MXF files absent their folder/file structure, but I do know that recent versions of Adobe Premiere and Prelude definitely will do. If needed, they have a 30 day free trial.
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Old September 4th, 2013, 02:16 PM   #6
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Yes Pete I'm sure the data will still be on the card, but not even the PC can see anything from the card in the reader. It just says the card must be formatted before it can be used, putting it in the DSLR has corrupted the file structure I think. I will have to send an email to Canon's CPS and see if they can help in any way.

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Old September 11th, 2013, 08:56 AM   #7
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Re: lost data

If all other options fail, there is a company in Norway which specialize in data recovery.
They are expencive, but might be worth it.

Ibas AS.
Phone: +47-62810100
Email: recovery@ibas.no
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Old September 15th, 2013, 05:25 AM   #8
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Thanks Trond

I will keep that in mind if all else fails and we don't get time to re shoot.

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