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    accidently formated sd card

    Had a severe lapse of concentration this morning and accidentally hit the format button on my Canon XSi.

    I have tried ZAR, CDI Digital Image Recovery and Sandisk Rescue Pro all to no avail.

    Any tips for getting the images back?
    Thanks,
    Jeremy in Minnesota

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    Don't touch the card... use this:

    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

    and it should recover A LOT. Formatting, unless LOW LEVEL, should just reset the FAT table on the card. Not sure where you formatted the card, the camera or your PC? If Canon does it differently, and I highly doubt it, it may be a problem. But, look at how fast a CF card formats and you'll see it should be similar to quick format on PC.

    I have recovered files even one year old from heavily used cards. Amazing to say the least.

    The President of the company I work for recently downloaded all his family's China vacation to his Mac (actually, his wife was the one) to his MacBook Pro with iPhoto. That's not so bad. Then, they shut down the laptop and went about their business. Their daughter then went back to the laptop to view the pictures and they were gone... GONE! Why you may ask? They were using the guest account for convenience UGH!! The MAC Guest Account resets completely after logout... it trashes everything in the user folder.

    FF to the next day, the secretary calls me in a panic. "Manny, I know you;re into photography, anything that you could do?"

    I used the above software to recover from their SDHC card and even recovered some from a previous trip. One thing I did say was the SDHC card should be put in an envelope to me immediately after I found out, to increase the likelihood of recovery.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
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    Hey Manny;

    Thanks for the lead, but no joy. I formatted the card in the camera itself.
    Jeremy in Minnesota

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    I guess that if you've tried others, it wouldn't hurt to try this freeware, too:
    http://download.cnet.com/PC-Inspecto...b_content;main

    I normally use it when I accidentally delete a photo in-camera. Then I just browse for the file and am able to recover it individually, without having to do a deep scan. Not sure how it will do with a format, but it's worth a shot. I've tried most of the freeware and trialware options, and PC Inspector has worked the best for me.
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    Jeremy, the problem then is that the format or the card are faulty. Or the card in question did not have any pictures. Seriously, of the hundreds of times I have used these tools, if it was a normal format, I have been able to recover some if not all images. You either never used that card or Canon's format is a low level one, which i doubt :-(

    Are you sure NOTHING is happening at all? Not a single picture recovered? Card is either never used or format is deeper (not likely) or damaged card??
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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzalu View Post
    Jeremy, the problem then is that the format or the card are faulty. Or the card in question did not have any pictures. Seriously, of the hundreds of times I have used these tools, if it was a normal format, I have been able to recover some if not all images. You either never used that card or Canon's format is a low level one, which i doubt :-(

    Are you sure NOTHING is happening at all? Not a single picture recovered? Card is either never used or format is deeper (not likely) or damaged card??
    Unfortunately the XSi has an option of "low level format" which I had selected. The card is not damaged since I put one test image on it just to check.

    I guess this gets chalked up to learning and following a rountine of taking the images off the card before I go out and shoot again....
    Jeremy in Minnesota

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzalu View Post
    One thing I did say was the SDHC card should be put in an envelope to me immediately after I found out, to increase the likelihood of recovery.
    Hey guys speaking of memory cards, does anyone have a recommendation for a good case to store the cards? And maybe label each one?
    Thanks.

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    Jeremy, how did I know it had to be low level? Sorry man, too bad... no need to ever do that unless card is not functioning properly.

    Gerard, I use two different cases..

    For day to day, this is a really cool setup

    ThinkTank Photo Pixel Pocket Rocket

    For long term storage and when I need heavy duty protection, nothing beats this case

    GePe Card Safe Extreme

    This thing is a tank, waterproof, shock proof, crush proof (yes, I tested it myself running my car over it full of CF cards and dumped in in a tub full of water)

    I keep one in my glove compartment in my car all the time with 4 CF cards as backups in case of emergency.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzalu View Post
    Jeremy, how did I know it had to be low level? Sorry man, too bad... no need to ever do that unless card is not functioning properly.

    Gerard, I use two different cases..

    For day to day, this is a really cool setup

    ThinkTank Photo Pixel Pocket Rocket

    For long term storage and when I need heavy duty protection, nothing beats this case

    GePe Card Safe Extreme

    This thing is a tank, waterproof, shock proof, crush proof (yes, I tested it myself running my car over it full of CF cards and dumped in in a tub full of water)

    I keep one in my glove compartment in my car all the time with 4 CF cards as backups in case of emergency.
    Hey Manny thanks. I saw some interesting items.

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