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