I'm here to share something that might be useful for many! It was useful for me... I lost my hard drive few weeks ago & like they say, the experience is the biggest school in life! I didn't believe that I lost everything so I didn't give up!
I had installed my hard disk as a slave & formatted it to be readable! (Use a firmware if it's unrecognizable by the system!)
My big finding was a program that can recover all the multimedia files (Raw files of almost all types: Nikon NEF, Canon CRW & CR2, Olympus PRF, Sony SR2 & ARW, Kodak K25, Kodak Motorola KDC...etc) even if a multimedia card, flash pen, or a hard disk was formatted several times!
The exciting thing is that I made an experience on my SD card connected directly with the camera & I was able to see all the photos that I had deleted on my camera!
You can select the format to recover & view the files before recovering!
No more tragedy on hard disk (Internal/External) crash! It's all recoverable!
Security Measures: That means if you want to get rid of files forever you have two ways:
1) Format the drive with a low level format using DOS diskettes!
2) Destroy it physically so it won't be readable anywhere! Which is more safe!
There is a third method to erase generally known as 'secure delete'. There are a few program out there that can do this - basically writing random data over the file multiple times to ensure the data is no longer there. The reason files are still on the 'disk' is that when you delete it doesn't remove the entire file, just the index to where it is on the disk. So the data is still there if you go through the disk bit by bit... An example program is: Eraser
By the way - Sandisk (and others?) usually include some kind of recovery software when you buy the cards if you get the newer, faster ones.
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