As we go into the new season, I thought I would share a little tale that may provide hope should you ever make (or admit to making) the mistake of formatting your memory card and wiping your images.
As some of you will no doubt already know, when files are deleted, they are not actually removed from the media. The file remains on the media but is “flagged” as deleted so that the space taken up by the file is able to be used by a future file being saved to that location.
Similarly, when you format your media, the information is all still there, it is just that the table that holds the records of what space is available and where is marked to show that all the space on the media can be re-written to.
This means that there is good news should you make the mistake mentioned above (we all do it at least once). As long as you do not carry on using the media the images are retrievable. There is software out there in cyberspace that is designed just for this eventuality.
This meant that when I was approached by a member (who shall remain nameless) who had made this error, I was able to retrieve nearly all the images that they thought were lost forever.
If you ever find yourself in this situation, remove the card before it can be overwritten, and either search out a retrieval program, they are not usually free though, or find a member who has this software, and there will be a high chance that your images can be retrieved.
Do you often get fed up with looking through your windows picture folders in windows 7, and seeing endless sets of RAW icons, with unfathomable camera created names and having very little clue as to which image is which? Fret no longer. Microsoft have come to the rescue. They have developed a Codec Pack that enables Windows Explorer to “see” and show the images contained within these files. It can be downloaded from here. You have a choice as to whether you download the 64bit or 32bit version, make sure you choose the correct version. Click on install and hey presto, your images magically appear…
As some of our members are having difficulties with re-sizing their images for the DPI competitions at the club; perhaps this video will help…