• 07-04-2005, 09:03 AM
    another view
    What if you lost your digital images?
    I looked for a previous post about this because it comes up from time to time - but apparently it's been long enough that nothing shows up anymore. I'm sure it's an unnerving experience to lose digital images but somehow I haven't managed to do it (yet). If you have any tips to share, post them here. I'll start with what I know (which is what I'd do in this situation):

    First, don't do anything to the card just yet. Don't try to look for images with your PC, don't put it back in your camera, don't format it or (especially) shoot with it. Check your options, try data recovery software and then follow it's instructions.

    I've heard good things about this software. There's even a free trial. If it doesn't work, you might try a different program - I've heard that if one program doesn't get it, another one might.

    If that doesn't work and the shots are important enough that you want a professional to try to recover them, then you might want to talk to Tallyn's in Peoria IL. They offer this service - it's expensive but if the shots are important it's a better option than telling your client you lost the images!

    So how do you prevent this from happening in the future? Well, the best thing I can recommend is to always format the card in the camera it will be used in every time before you use it (obviously downloading everything from the card first). Don't format it in the PC or in a different camera. Don't turn off the camera while it's still writing to the card. Don't take the card out of the camera or a card reader while it's still reading or writing to the card.

    Any other tips out there - or horror stories and what worked (or didn't)?
  • 07-05-2005, 12:43 PM
    SmartWombat
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    I use Image Recall - friendly "Don't Panic" on the front of the box :)

    Three-layer strategy.
    1) on the day, transfer images to Phototainer
    --- confirm they got there by checkin 1st and last image numbers on each backup
    2) at home, transfer to the PC
    ---- confirm that the files are all copied
    3) convert RAW files to JPEG
    --- make adjustments as necessary
    4) resize JPEG to 640x480
    5) transfer all from PC to DVD
    6) copy from PC to external USB portable HD
    7) when the 200G drive fills up, erase files from PC
    8) when the external USB 200G drive fills up, buy a new one

    So I have many copies.
    Phototainer (emergency backup) - of only 40G
    DVD backup (used to use CD)
    External HD archive (one disk per year)
    Internal HD working copy

    I think that's enough :D
    Though I may turn to making extra backup DVDs of the RAW files.


    Tips?
    1) Keep up to date.
    Your images are only as good as your software and hardware !
    Camera firmware
    CD/DVD drive firmware
    Computer operating system
    CD/DVD burning software

    2) QUALITY
    Don't buy cheap media and expect your images to last forever.
    On the other hand, I lost 3 Memorex CDs burned on the same day as a Kodak CD
    I've had 3 of 10 DVD-9 from Verbatim fail to burn (no idea if the data will last)
    Big brand names on the media may not help

    3) Watch out for static
    Dry, dusty conditions especially - memory cards are vulnerable

    4) Watch the little light
    Your camera probably has a light to tell you when the card is in use.
    Don't switch it off, or remove the card, while the light is on.

    5) Eject the media
    Your PC or Mac should have a way to eject the memory card
    Use it to make sure all data is flushed before removing it

    6) Don't delete.
    Buy more memory cards if necessary.
    You will, one day, delete that really good image instead of the duff one next to it.

    7) Don't keep duff media
    You could use it by mistake !
    My !G and 340M Microdrives are now very small doorstops.
    My 512K card is almost history, it doesn't work in the 20D.

    I have so far been bitten by 1, 2, 6, and 7
  • 07-05-2005, 01:57 PM
    another view
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    Paul, good point about the backups. I guess I hadn't gotten to that point but as they say, an ounce of prevention...

    From my personal experience, two sets of backups is necessary. Last winter my internal HD crashed, and it somehow wiped out a big folder full of images on my (connected) external HD at the same time. Fortunately I had another copy on CD which I re-loaded on the HD.

    Another temporary backup - format the cards when you're ready to re-use them, not as soon as you're done downloading. That way, if anything happens before you get the backups made (which should be a top priority anyway) you still might have another copy. When you copy the files from the card to PC, select "copy", not "move" so they're not erased from the card, too.
  • 07-05-2005, 02:44 PM
    Liz
    Great Post........and a question
    Thanks for posting this - great idea Steve.

    Comment and question:
    I usually get some 4x6 prints made at Walmart if I'm on vacation, or just taking "snapshots" because they do a good job - generally. I try to do a little editing before I get them processed. Usually I don't have a full card, so there is room for editing and keeping them on the card until I get the prints.

    I'm sure everyone is going to tell me not to do any pp on the card, but (here shows my ignorance) I don't know how to get them from the pc back to the card, to Walmart and back. I can make a copy first to save in the computer, but sometimes I'm not home, and want to get prints.

    Suggestions? Please remember that I'm No. I dummy when it comes to comprehending the technicalities of post processing. :confused:

    Thanks.
    Liz
  • 07-29-2005, 12:43 AM
    JSPhoto
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    Get a portable cd/dvd burner and use that instead of walmarts card reader, 1st it will be your "copy" of your card(s), 2nd it will give better results from wally world, and you won't have what happened to a friend, where wally world folks messed up the computer and formatted his card instead of reading it!

    As for people having problems with cards...what type of cards are you using? I have 6 Lexar cards that have 150,000 shots taken on them without a single card failure. The cards have been dropped, stepped on, run over by a race car, dropped in water, survived freezing cold (in rain too) and all but one are more than two years old. They have wear marks from going in and out of cameras, yet they keep on working. I have never had a card failure through all the abuse. After each download to the computer each card is formatted in the camera ( I never erase them, always format them).
    FYI the cards in question are: 4 - 256MB (the old pokey version) 1- 1GB 40x and 1- 1GB 80x. The latter was the one run over by a race car, and it works fine!

    JS
  • 08-29-2005, 10:42 PM
    Lionheart
    Lost digital images-a horror story.
    One of my best friends just lost a whole slew of digital images on a crashed drive this past year. I feel personally responsible because the hard drive he had was one of mine that I had replaced with a larger drive. He hadn't backed up his images in over a year to anything, and he cloned his old drive to my old drive. It was working fine for about a month when that most awful of sounds was heard. ZZZT-clik-clik-ZZZT....Meanwhile, he had re-formatted the old drive and donated it to his children's school for one of their pc's. He had backed up his important documents (bills, reciepts, excel spreadsheets...) but not photos, and he'd been digital for 5 years, and had at least the last 2 years of photos on the drive. In the end he had to send it in to a drive recovery service, cost about $1400. I offered to help defray the costs of the drive recovery, but he graciously and firmly declined my offer. I've always backed mine up to cd's and dvd's, but there are about 2 GB's of cd's that won't read on any computer that I've tried (out of about 250 GB's worth of native digital and scanned digital images spanning the last 7 years). So now I'm keeping the images backed up on two hard drives, one internally, one on a removal drive (seagate USB external drive), and of course the originals on the boot drive. I use SyncBack to autorun the backups at night daily. I'm bummed about the missing images though, a lot were native digitals of my son in 2001 (kindergarten pics and tae kwon do pics). The rest were scanned images from 1998 to 2001, but I've still got the original negs and slides archived in three crates, just gotta get 'em out and sort and scan.
  • 09-24-2005, 12:17 AM
    JSPhoto
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    I need some software for recovery on 5 drives that I have croak over the past few years. I now have a storage area for crashed drives. I also have another area that is DVD storage for around 300 DVD's full of pictures.

    Anyway, I am looking to get some recovery software for both FAT and NTFS drives, any suggestions? I can't spend a fortune on it though.... $300 or less.

    JS
  • 09-30-2005, 10:57 AM
    JSPhoto
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    Well I now have my recovery software :) Pretty cool too. it will not only recover photos, but any data from any device connected to a computer, including any kind of media cards. I have tried it out and it has worked for everything I tried it on so far, even a zip drive and CD's and DVD's.
    It even worked on drives Windows can't find. It seems I'm now in the data recovery business too, I recovered three cards for another photog last night.

    JS
  • 10-18-2005, 08:15 PM
    JTcooper
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JSPhoto
    Well I now have my recovery software :) Pretty cool too. it will not only recover photos, but any data from any device connected to a computer, including any kind of media cards. I have tried it out and it has worked for everything I tried it on so far, even a zip drive and CD's and DVD's.
    It even worked on drives Windows can't find. It seems I'm now in the data recovery business too, I recovered three cards for another photog last night.

    JS

    hey yall, I m lost. this is too much imfor for me right now, let me just get out of this thread and come back tomorrow for another visited :D
  • 11-24-2005, 08:28 AM
    chicago
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    I think the best advice that one can give is dont keep your images on the same hard drive as your operating system. I bought a second HD just for archival purposes. I also try to make CDR backups but they get redundant after burning so many. CDRs actually only last ~10 years, so those who have backups on aging CDRs reburn the data. This is because CDRs are made so cheaply. I haven't bought a DVD burner yet because new cd technology is here. Sony introduced Blu-Ray technology which is a DVD (BD) that can hold 50 gigabytes, compared to the standard of, what is it, 3-4 gbs. http://www.blu-ray.com/
  • 12-11-2005, 08:59 PM
    Photo-John
    And...
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JSPhoto
    Well I now have my recovery software :) Pretty cool too. it will not only recover photos, but any data from any device connected to a computer, including any kind of media cards.

    A friend of mine accidentally deleted images from a memory card and his computer today. I haven't reformatted the card yet so they should still be there. I need image recovery software recommendations.

    Thanks!

    John
  • 12-11-2005, 10:42 PM
    drg
    Re: And...
    John,

    Here's a link to an inexpensive program that I have used for some bad Compact Flash episodes and error ridden CD-R's. There is a download test/sample program that is free that works seemingly the same as the licensed version but you can't save. If it works you pay the ~$40 and plug in the license number.

    Good luck!!

    http://www.jufsoft.com/badcopy/?rid=...=3.75&bid=0608
  • 12-12-2005, 12:09 AM
    Photo-John
    Lexar and SanDisk
    Both Lexar and SanDisk include file recovery software with their pro memory cards. So I'm considering just buying a new 1 gig pro card. I can always use another memory card. And that way the software doesn't really cost me anything.
  • 12-12-2005, 12:34 AM
    Peter_AUS
    Re: Lexar and SanDisk
    Do you want me to send you a program John to recover the images.
  • 12-12-2005, 04:11 PM
    Photo-John
    Re: Lexar and SanDisk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Peter_AUS
    Do you want me to send you a program John to recover the images.

    Thanks, Peter. If it's free and legit. I don't want to use any pirated software. Gotta keep it all clean and legal :)
  • 12-12-2005, 04:27 PM
    JSPhoto
    Re: And...
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Photo-John
    A friend of mine accidentally deleted images from a memory card and his computer today. I haven't reformatted the card yet so they should still be there. I need image recovery software recommendations.

    Thanks!

    John

    Search & Recover from IOLO...cost like $30 at CompUSA or Best Buy works. I have used it to recover cards. I have to check thoughand see if they updated it for new Canon RAW for MKII N ... just in case!

    JS
  • 12-12-2005, 04:44 PM
    Photo-John
    Re: And...
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JSPhoto
    Search & Recover from IOLO...cost like $30 at CompUSA or Best Buy

    Thanks. I still haven't made up my mind about what to do. This isn't an emergency. Fact is, the photos of my hitting some jumps yesterday. So my vanity is involved :-)
  • 12-12-2005, 05:31 PM
    JSPhoto
    Re: And...
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Photo-John
    Thanks. I still haven't made up my mind about what to do. This isn't an emergency. Fact is, the photos of my hitting some jumps yesterday. So my vanity is involved :-)

    Vanity or SANITY Photo John? :rolleyes:

    JS
  • 01-28-2006, 10:03 PM
    freygr
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SmartWombat
    clip...
    5) transfer all from PC to DVD
    clip...

    Please note DVD R & CDR are only good for about 5 years. There are a lot of variables mainly the storage temperature determines their usable life. An archivist told the current photographer at my day job to move the images off CDs to magnetic media, as tapes have a 50-80 year life.

    GRF
  • 02-02-2006, 03:17 PM
    freygr
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by another view
    I looked for a previous post about this because it comes up from time to time - but apparently it's been long enough that nothing shows up anymore. I'm sure it's an unnerving experience to lose digital images but somehow I haven't managed to do it (yet). If you have any tips to share, post them here. I'll start with what I know (which is what I'd do in this situation):

    First, don't do anything to the card just yet. Don't try to look for images with your PC, don't put it back in your camera, don't format it or (especially) shoot with it. Check your options, try data recovery software and then follow it's instructions.

    I've heard good things about this software. There's even a free trial. If it doesn't work, you might try a different program - I've heard that if one program doesn't get it, another one might.

    If that doesn't work and the shots are important enough that you want a professional to try to recover them, then you might want to talk to Tallyn's in Peoria IL. They offer this service - it's expensive but if the shots are important it's a better option than telling your client you lost the images!

    So how do you prevent this from happening in the future? Well, the best thing I can recommend is to always format the card in the camera it will be used in every time before you use it (obviously downloading everything from the card first). Don't format it in the PC or in a different camera. Don't turn off the camera while it's still writing to the card. Don't take the card out of the camera or a card reader while it's still reading or writing to the card.

    Any other tips out there - or horror stories and what worked (or didn't)?


    Google sreach turned up this site: http://www.snapfiles.com/Freeware/sy...arecovery.html

    GRF
  • 02-07-2006, 02:28 AM
    yogestee
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    I have a programme called rescuePRO which came with my Sandisk CF cards..It works a treat if you have unwittingly deleted images from your card..One word of warning,,it won't "rescue" images once your card has been formated..

    Jurgen
    Australia
  • 02-07-2006, 06:06 PM
    freygr
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by yogestee
    I have a programme called rescuePRO which came with my Sandisk CF cards..It works a treat if you have unwittingly deleted images from your card..One word of warning,,it won't "rescue" images once your card has been formated..

    Jurgen
    Australia

    There is a program that will recover images from a formated Harddrive or Memory card. I have it some place in my 200 gig HD or it's on a CD some place :(

    If you do delet files or format do NOT save anything to it or try to install anything, could over write the deleted files making the files unrecovable. If its a hard drive, use a file recovery program off of a floppy drive, and you will need another drive to save the files to, and that drivers for will fit on you boot floppy, or a second harddrive.

    GRF
  • 03-07-2006, 06:29 AM
    mjs1973
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    I lost a bunch of images this weekend. Not a good feeling. Especially when you have a brand new, empty 400GB external hard drive sitting next to the computer that just crashed. I had copied almost all of my pics to the HD then decided to format it a dif. way so i deleted most of them. They were still on the computer hard drive so no big deal. Then on Saturday I start up my PC and get an error message. I tried to follow the instructions that popped up with the error message but didn't have any luck with that. The only way I could get the computer to boot up was to put in the recovery disc that came with it. That wiped out everything... I haven't figured out how many pics I actually lost, and there wasn't much on there that I would consider "print worthy", but there were some sentemental pics on there. Christmas pics from grandmas house, airport pics of my future brother in law saying good bye to his family before being deployed... A couple landscape photos that I wanted to print, and a whole lot of snapshots that I wouldn't have done anything with.

    All in all, it wasn't as bad as it could be. I had started buring stuff to DVD's a while ago, so some of the stuff I lost, was backed up, but not all of it. The biggest pain so far has been getting PS reinstalled. A couple hours and 7 CD's later, it was finally up and running again. Now I have to find and reinstal the plug in's that I had loaded, and recreat an action or two.

    A good learning experiance for me, and has given me a much better idea of what I want to do to back up my photos in the future.
  • 03-07-2006, 01:47 PM
    SmartWombat
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    Quote:

    The only way I could get the computer to boot up was to put in the recovery disc that came with it. That wiped out everything...
    Yep, same here. But my images were all on the D: drive so I only lost the software on my C: drive.

    Quote:

    I tried to follow the instructions that popped up with the error message
    Fatal mistake. I did the same. Micro-soft-in-the-head strikes again.

    You need two computers - just like I did.
    The second one to log onto the Internet to find out how to fix the problem !!

    Quote:

    there were some sentemental pics on there. Christmas pics from grandmas house, airport pics of my future brother in law saying good bye to his family before being deployed... A couple landscape photos that I wanted to print, and a whole lot of snapshots that I wouldn't have done anything with.
    Try a tool like Image Recall - it will read an entire disk and find images.
    Even if they have been deleted. But not if you've written over them.
    You could have it recover files to your external disk.

    Quote:

    The biggest pain so far has been getting PS reinstalled.
    Installed isn't too bad, but if it's PS CS2 there's the re-activation to go through, and convince them you're not a pirate stealing their software.

    A learning experience I hoped everyone else would learn from when I posted my thread a few weks back after my PC died. Well no, the PC is fine, it's Windows that curled up its toes and shuffled off its mortal coil.
  • 03-07-2006, 02:52 PM
    dmm96452
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mjs1973
    I lost a bunch of images this weekend. Not a good feeling. Especially when you have a brand new, empty 400GB external hard drive sitting next to the computer that just crashed. I had copied almost all of my pics to the HD then decided to format it a dif. way so i deleted most of them. They were still on the computer hard drive so no big deal. Then on Saturday I start up my PC and get an error message. I tried to follow the instructions that popped up with the error message but didn't have any luck with that. The only way I could get the computer to boot up was to put in the recovery disc that came with it. That wiped out everything... I haven't figured out how many pics I actually lost, and there wasn't much on there that I would consider "print worthy", but there were some sentemental pics on there. Christmas pics from grandmas house, airport pics of my future brother in law saying good bye to his family before being deployed... A couple landscape photos that I wanted to print, and a whole lot of snapshots that I wouldn't have done anything with.

    All in all, it wasn't as bad as it could be. I had started buring stuff to DVD's a while ago, so some of the stuff I lost, was backed up, but not all of it. The biggest pain so far has been getting PS reinstalled. A couple hours and 7 CD's later, it was finally up and running again. Now I have to find and reinstal the plug in's that I had loaded, and recreat an action or two.

    A good learning experiance for me, and has given me a much better idea of what I want to do to back up my photos in the future.

    The next time something like this happens to you or anyone else that reads this there is a way to work around the error message that doesn't lose data on the C drive.

    Place a new or spare HD in the pc and and reinstall or run the restore disk to get the operating system on that disk. Then add the old drive back in as a second drive and you will be able to copy your files to the new drive (assuming it was software and not a bad hd that caused the problem).
  • 03-07-2006, 05:20 PM
    mjs1973
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SmartWombat
    You need two computers - just like I did.
    The second one to log onto the Internet to find out how to fix the problem !!

    I do have to computers, but I made the fatal mistake of thinking I could fix it myself. That wont happen again.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SmartWombat
    Installed isn't too bad, but if it's PS CS2 there's the re-activation to go through, and convince them you're not a pirate stealing their software.

    It was PS CS2. I didn't have any proplem activating it. I have the original version of CS, 3 disc to install it, and then I have the CS2 upgrade. Another 4 disks on top of that...
  • 04-26-2006, 04:56 PM
    Ronnoco
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    I have my digital images on a desktop, a laptop, CD, DVD, and an external hard drive, as well as tons in slide and negative form. I have never had a card problem yet, but when the work is important, multiple cards, and multiple cameras are the order of the day.

    I made the mistake of going light to Tulum in Mexico and my film camera gave out, but I was able to find a camera repair man in Cancun who managed to fix it in an hour. I was quite impressed and the cost was reasonable.

    Ronnoco
  • 05-12-2006, 10:00 AM
    fotomatt
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    I actually had a card failure in December of last year. Not the whole shoot, but it doesn't matter shooting professionally. It put a real dent in my relationship with the client.

    Funny thing is I DID MANAGE TO RECOVER THE IMAGES! I shoot all Lexar 1 gig cards (80x). I emailed Lexar that weekend and ended up in India with a by-the-book teckie. What a waste of time.

    We tried four recoveries using the Mac version of Image Rescue. His final words to me were, "The images are gone, reformat the card."

    This was not good enough for me. On Monday I called Lexar in NJ and explained the problem. The guy was fantastic.

    First off, the Mac software DOES NOT work! Luckily I run Virtual PC on my G4 Notebook. He said they'd never attempted it THAT way before, but I assured him I had nothing to lose! The data recovery worked perfect, the first time!

    I'm sticking with my Lexars!

    Read my next post for my digital shooting workflow from camera to computer.

    :mad2:
  • 05-12-2006, 10:06 AM
    fotomatt
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    My digital workflow:

    I have a couple of variations.

    1) When doing architectural shoots I always have my laptop set up for proofing and preview of my shots.

    So, when I'm done shooting a card:

    1) Card gets downloaded to computer
    2) Card gets stored

    Upon completion of the shoot, I burn a set of CDs.

    I leave the job with three copies!

    If I'm shooting a wedding and can have the luxury of letting my assistant dump cards and burn CD's I use the same workflow.

    However, if time/space and other logistics don't allow for that:

    1) Dump card into my Epson P-2000
    2) Store card.

    WHICHEVER method I use:

    I never, ever, EVER will dump a card during a shoot. The off chances where I have had to do that I:

    Took burned CD's and opened up images from outer, middle and inside of CD in photoshop to make sure the disk was working properly.

    The key here is to make sure you have enough cards and a storage device so that you won't have to dump a card to continue shooting more photos.

    Hope that tidbit helps!
  • 05-13-2006, 02:19 PM
    onetouch
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    I've just made a few mistake... I think I have lost all the images on my sd card... I am not sure. Could please give me an advise? I was going through the setting on my digital camera, and stupidly I chose the choice 'format' - 'Execute... Then, there aren't anymore images... Have I really lost all the pictures??? Please help!:cryin: :cryin:
  • 06-11-2006, 02:10 AM
    Kaelastreet
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    I have, in another thread, just pounded on the need to back up and then back up again.

    However
    I once had a customer in the retail trade try to sue me as even though he was backing up daily, (point of sale cash register system); he was never ever verifying the back up was useable. IN other words, his back ups were garbage, but he carried on backing up until the day when the world stopped for him.

    If you make back ups, before you delete the original, ensure that your backup is readable and fit for purpose.

    I have, sadly, (or with challenge) needed to 'walk away' from life. With that, you end up with what you can get into a suitcase and a backpack. Prioritising the need to keep things takes on a whole new perspective.

    What if you get home to find you house burning down, or that levy breaks or the dam bursts or the sinkhole opens up of the ASBO Hoodie steals everything of value. Back ups are rendered fair game for loss and destruction, what then?

    Solution

    Keep a print or digital copy in another place, FAR away and be prepared for the need to lose one of them, either the original or the backup. Hint; donít save your copies on a server run by someone else, business change hands at the blink of an eye.

    Work in life to keep five things, and ensure that if those things cannot walk under their own steam, youíre going to have to willingly carry it. Be it your child, or your camera, your choice. But, when it comes to making value added judgements to the need to make copies, it helps bring it in focus.

    I hope it never happens, but one day you might be thankful just to be still alive and pictures, no matter how expensive, will be another unwanted luxury item.

    If I lose all my work again, well, as long as I can write about it, I will be happy!

    Kizzie
  • 06-25-2006, 10:47 AM
    kkraczek
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    I posted this on another thread, and I thought that it would be helpful here as well. Several weeks ago my boss' assistant inadvertently screwed up a card full of RAW files. Boss tried the LEXAR recovery system which didn't work. Told her I'd bring it home and do some research. Came up with a downloadable program called Card Recovery, which worked beautifully on the first try. It recovered every image.

    Had to use it again myself after I was getting CF read errors from falling down with my camera in tow- (don't ask!) and again, it worked perfectly. I can't say enough about this program- it was well worth the $39.95 price tag!

    I hope that this is helpful- I looked in the reviews section for card recovery software and couldn't find any. John, if you post a link I'll be happy to put my review there.

    Here is the link to the website: http://www.cardrecovery.com/

    Hope this helps!
  • 07-14-2006, 02:07 PM
    Neatsfoot
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    Makes me feel a bit relieved to be living in the dark ages - I still use film, where negatives are a decent backup. But someday I will perfect a backup with scanned images on a HD.
  • 08-21-2006, 06:45 PM
    danag42
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Neatsfoot
    Makes me feel a bit relieved to be living in the dark ages - I still use film, where negatives are a decent backup. But someday I will perfect a backup with scanned images on a HD.

    Assuming your negatives or slides are properly stored and not subject to mold or heat.

    My solution is to keep all my photos on a RAID system, seperate from the disk that houses the OS. I back up to Archival Gold DVD's, but you never know........

    The conventional wisdom is to keep a backup off-site. There are RAID boxes that you can copy your archivce to, and take to another location.

    This all gets expensive. But most of us charge it back to the customers, who are usually smart enough to know why it's neccesary.
  • 09-14-2006, 08:51 AM
    cutiepie
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    Hi there, I have a big problem. my mother went to a wedding took about 1000 pics, i tried to download the pics on my computer (ibook4), nothing happenend. i unplugged the cable from the computer, checked my camera and it said,no file in folder. i am so desperate. is there any hope??? does anyone know someplace i could take the memory card in in the san jose area??? unfortunately i do not know much about computers.
    thanks for your help...
  • 01-04-2007, 06:52 AM
    ddkphotos
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    Well - I had an external hard drive die on me. Yup - 160 gigs worth of pics... down the toilet... Had our computer guru at work try to salvage it but alas - no luck - the drive was literally fried...
    So words of advice would be - buy good quality externa hard drives (apparently Rocstor is well recommended) and don't put all your eggs in one basket - have a 2nd copy somewhere else...
  • 01-26-2007, 12:00 AM
    Phil_USN
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    Keep your film in a dry, cool place is the absolute best way to back up your digital files.
  • 01-26-2007, 03:46 AM
    maramossetta
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    try image recall.. i think its called dont panic. i had to buy it for the mac but it worked.. saved muh!!
  • 01-26-2007, 04:57 AM
    Jaedon
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    I had an issue only once.

    I set the CF card on the bed in front of me when sitting in a hotel room and getting the laptop ready. At this point my youngest child got sic and threw up all over the memory card. I let the car dry out for 2 days and put it into the card reader and it showed that it was blank. a full days worth of shots lost.....or so I thought.

    A friend of mine told me to try a program called ISO buster. I had used it before for opening image files but I did not know it could be used as a data recovery tool as well. I installed the program (theres a free version available on the web if you google the name) and had it check the card. Not only did it have the shots I had recently taken but it foud images on the card still from the day before ( I only format the cards before I am heading out to a shoot and I know the images from the last one are safe and backed up) Its nice to have more than one option software wise. Like someone said earlier inteh thread, if one doesn't work then you can keep trying and another one will.
  • 01-31-2007, 09:08 AM
    shutterman
    Re: What if you lost your digital images?
    I have not had a CF card fail yet, but it is only a matter of time.

    Is many 1 or 2 Gig CF cards better than a few 4gig cards? That way if one fails........

    For my computer I just got a NAS device that holds 4 harddrives for up to 1 terrabyte. It is in a RAID configuration so I am satisfied with my backups. It runs a nightly backup of the folders where I keep all my pix (and music). If one drive fails, I just pop another in :)

    My applications are on 1 internal drive and my pictures that I work on are on another separate hard drive so any software conflicts among the applications don't bother the data.

    I also back up to DVD just in case and put those DVD's in a fire safe (our house burned when I was in 5th grade)

    Can't be too careful!

    thanks,
    Wes