How to recover images from corrupt card .... Essential tool

I thought I should share another lesson I learnt this week past.

I was helping shoot some stills around a friends commercial film from morning until lunch on Saturday. I then went to download what I had, around 400 images, when my laptop registered that the card was unreadable. I pulled the card reader and reinserted into the USB port and this time it could read. On navigating to the folder though it registered only two strangely named files and none of the CR2 raw Canon images I'd been shooting.

I rememberEd a blog I read on Luminous Landscape and recalled accounts of some successful data recovery software used on a trip to Antarctica. After finding the name of the software and locating the latest version I downloaded the trial version. After allowing it to run it displayed thumbnails of the lost images so I purchased and let it run through. It recovered all files successfully (not fast but this was not a factor thankfully) and I definitely feel the need to express it is worth a try if you ever end up in a similar situation.

I Purchased the wizard version for only 21 dollars!

Happy shooting .... And remember to backup!

The software is called Photo Rescue and can be downloaded from

Photo Rescue

Photo credits: Bevanward.

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November 28, 2011



June 16, 2011


Thank you for sharing! Very useful!!!
It happened to me once too, the photograph shop helped me... I have been luck!

June 14, 2011


Yes, many people encountered the same problem. Disk files accidentally lost. . . . . . Annoyed! It is very useful. Thanks for sharing!

June 10, 2011


Hi Lauriey
The images were cr2 raw files from a Canon dslr. I hope this helps people in similar predicaments as there are options that can work! Bevan

June 08, 2011


I'm curious if the images were JPG or RAW. I've heard RAW is harder to revive. I just had to use some recovery software the other day to get a few RAWs back, but I paid a tad more.

June 08, 2011


Nice blog, thanks fo sharing!

June 08, 2011



June 08, 2011


Thanks for sharing!

June 08, 2011


Great blog.

June 08, 2011


thanks for share

June 08, 2011


That is useful info.
Will save this site (and your blog) for future refernece.

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