Windows 10: Stupidly deleted files on an old compact flash card.


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    ,7,8.1 10TP 10upgrade,MINT
       15 Feb 2017 #1

    Stupidly deleted files on an old compact flash card.


    I was looking at the photos from an old Compact Flash 512mb card the other day, about 100 exposures, and when I had finished looking at them, I deleted them with the card still connected to the pc.
    Big mistake, I'm not sure if they are backed up.
    I Have some Sandisk recovery mini cd's which came with high end SD cards, will they work with Compact Flash cards?
    Is there a better recovery method?
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  2.    15 Feb 2017 #2

    I can recommend Testdisk. It is free and portable. Don't know others and admit, it has been some years ago..

    Edit: here are some instructions to use it

    Edit2: here is one comparison with other software. And in testdisk package, photorec is included, which search only for photos...
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  3. Posts : 2,964
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       15 Feb 2017 #3

    I've had some success with ZAR/Zero Assumption Recovery on HDD/Hard Disk Drives, haven't tried it with solid-state devices yet [which Thumb/Flash drives and camera memory sticks are].
    Data Recovery Software, Solutions, Tutorials - ZAR Data Recovery
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  4.    15 Feb 2017 #4
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  5.    16 Feb 2017 #5

    I like Free Data Recovery Software Download for File Recovery - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free, which recovers files from any flash card and works great. You can try the free version.
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    ,7,8.1 10TP 10upgrade,MINT
       16 Feb 2017 #6

    I have used one of the EaseUS backup programs before, so I downloaded their data recovery wizard free and tried it on the CF card.
    I have held back on actually recovering the files because it offered to recover 1.86gb from a 512mb card. Any thoughts on this?
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  7.    17 Feb 2017 #7

    tinmar49 said: View Post
    I have used one of the EaseUS backup programs before, so I downloaded their data recovery wizard free and tried it on the CF card.
    I have held back on actually recovering the files because it offered to recover 1.86gb from a 512mb card. Any thoughts on this?
    Not familiar with EaseUS, but it's nothing strange, that recovered files exceed media capacity. Some of them will be damaged. There are some leftovers from previous deleting actions etc. Just pick a new destination folder, don't overwrite CF card.
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  8. Posts : 516
    ,7,8.1 10TP 10upgrade,MINT
       17 Feb 2017 #8

    I have tried Recuva and got about 160 photo's and also tried my Sandisk Rescue PRO mini CD with the same success. I think I exceeded the free allowance with the Easus. I wasn't able to get the Testdisk to run.
    Since I thought there were 100 lost photos, 160 recovered is a good result.
    I have them backed up in three places temporarily until they get proper filing.
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  9.    17 Feb 2017 #9

    tinmar49 said: View Post
    I have tried Recuva and got about 160 photo's and also tried my Sandisk Rescue PRO mini CD with the same success. I think I exceeded the free allowance with the Easus. I wasn't able to get the Testdisk to run.
    Since I thought there were 100 lost photos, 160 recovered is a good result.
    I have them backed up in three places temporarily until they get proper filing.
    That's good work. About Testdisk.. I've mentioned before, that inside tesdisk package you should run Protorec program (this is one just to recover photos - as the name says). Instructions are here www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec_Step_By_Step. You can still try it out.
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  10.    17 Feb 2017 #10

    What I do is send them to my phone and have it sync to google photos, which it does by itself in the background. Pretty solid way to keep track of important pictures.

    tinmar49 said: View Post
    I have tried Recuva and got about 160 photo's and also tried my Sandisk Rescue PRO mini CD with the same success. I think I exceeded the free allowance with the Easus. I wasn't able to get the Testdisk to run.
    Since I thought there were 100 lost photos, 160 recovered is a good result.
    I have them backed up in three places temporarily until they get proper filing.
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