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02/26/2005 08:26:59 PM · #1
Yesterday the inevitable happened. I only have 1 x 1GB Sandisk CF Card, and on it were my 2 original current challenge entries plus my entry for 'passing time'. I had been out during the day doing some test shots for the "Light on White' challenge and in the afternoon when I finished viewing them (as I shoot in RAW I use the Nikon viewer for browsing) I selected only the shots I no longer required and hit 'delete'. My stomach turned as I watched EVERY image on the disk in quick succession disappear and in a moment I was looking at a blank screen. My first thought was that I must of hit delete with the folder selected instead of the images but this was later found not to be the case.

I have been in IT for 20 years and guess I should have known better and had the important shots backed up. My excuse is:
1. I took up dp to get me away from being in 'IT' mode all the time.
2. I am used to dealing with 'puters & HDDs not cameras & CF cards.

After the initial sickening feeling subsided I went into troubleshooting mode rather instinctively (this is what I do on a daily basis)and realised that this problem was really no different from any of my clients problems and to attack it from that perspective. So I grabbed a handful of file recovery utilities and analysed the disk (BTW I use a usb sandisk card reader). None of these came up with anything so I searched the net for others. I finally found one that asked me if I was analysing a HDD or a CF card, files or images. It did not occur to me that recovery apps would have different processes for different media or file types and while this app did not find anything either it led me to look for more with that ability.

The next app I downloaded and tried found all the missing files and even gave me previews, of course it would not restore them until I bought a registration key. This I did happily onlyto find it did not restore NEF files only jpegs, this in itself did not bother me but the restored files had no exif data....back to the web.

I finally stumbled on one called Photorescue which happily restored 3 out of the 4 files I needed in NEF with all exif data attached. But now a new dilemma starts.

I submitted an entry stating that I had the original available for verification if required, as this is no longer available do I DQ myself? While the missing entry is only doing ordinary in the voting and it would not bother me would I be this calm if it was the other one which is currently scoring my personal best?

Now in the scheme of things all these issues don't amount to a 'hill of beans' but ain't it funny the lengths we go to for these challenges. I'm sure most of you DP veterans out there have already been thru all this and this post is mainly a warning for those that haven't. If it is important please, please, please BACK IT UP
02/26/2005 09:03:38 PM · #2
I found myself in need of Photorescue two years ago and it was well worth the relatively inexpensive price. Kinda makes you gulp when you see those files go... I've never been the same since. ;) Glad you got most of them back.
02/26/2005 09:11:14 PM · #3
While I'm a newbie, and in no way near contention for a ribbon or anything of that nature, haha... I had a less traumatic but similar question earlier today. I had realized that my "originals" were not truly originals (due to my browser rotating them) I of course panicked, seeing as though I had submitted a photo to "light on white" with an image I had done this with. I re-did the shot in question, and have since re-submitted.

I know this all seems insignificant.... but I think I liked the first submission a bit better...arrghhh... I know there isn't anything I can do about it now, but hey, I learned something, and more power to me, right?? lol

Deb

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