Recovering photos from erased Smart Media card

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Ron, May 22, 2004.

  1. Ron

    Ron Guest

    Recently I made the ultimate blunder. While away on a cruise I mistakenly
    erased about 400 photos from the Smart Media card in my Olympus D450Z.

    I have tried three recovery programs from the web, but none are able to see
    any files. I also took the card to a local camera shop, but they too were
    not able to find the files.

    Can anyone help me find a way to recover these irreplaceable pictures? I
    wrote Olympus, but no reply yet.

    Thanks for any help,

    Ron Carroll
    Olympus D450Z
    Ron, May 22, 2004
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    Pat Guest

    Did you try Photo Rescue?
    I bought it and tried it and the sigh of relief could have been heard in
    three counties....

    Pat in TX
    Pat, May 22, 2004
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    jriegle Guest

    If what the other poster said about the Oly camera is true then your hosed.
    Perfect example of why I would spread my images across many smaller cards
    than one large one. If you were to screw up or something failed, at least
    you don't lose it all. 400 images lost. That sucks!
    jriegle, May 22, 2004
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    Ron Guest

    My thanks to Pat, Alfred & John for your interest. I was told by the photo
    shop that what Pat says could be the way it is. Now it almost looks
    certain - - - EXCEPT - - - This morning I took my old 8 MB card, and took 8
    quick pictures, then tried to restore them. Those 8 were not found, BUT 3
    pictures from 2 years ago were found, and I could save them to disk. They
    weren't there this morning when I took the test pictures.

    How can this be explained. I'll try Photo Rescue as Pat suggested and hope
    it may find something for me.

    John is right about using several small memory cards, but I got caught up in
    the old 'bigger is better' thing that all of us 'real men' know is a bunch
    of bull. <G>

    Thanks again,

    Ron Carroll - Oregon
    Ron, May 22, 2004
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    Paul Guest

    If you format the card (which I do when I delete everything) then the
    Olympus cameras DO write over everything. If you just delete an image
    then it is recoverable. So, if the card you took more images on and
    recovered 3 old ones had merely had the earlier images deleted then they
    would not have been seen by the camera when you first put it in, but
    some images would have remained from 3 years ago (if not over-written
    entirely by new images).
    Paul, May 22, 2004
  6. Ron

    Ron Guest

    You know Paul, I think that you have hit the nail right on the head.

    I made the blunder a couple of weeks ago while on a cruise in Europe. I
    accidentally snapped a useless picture immediately after changing the
    batteries. I thought to myself that I should erase that picture of my feet.
    I hadn't erased anything in a VERY long time, and didn't have my manual
    along with me, so forgot how to do it.

    After reading you post I retraced my steps and discovered I had actually
    used the 'Reformat' function, rather than the 'Erase All' function. If you
    are correct in saying that Olympus does overwrite everything when
    refomatting, then I may be a dead duck.

    However, according to a post made by Tama Mativa (see below), she/he had
    mistakenly reformatted a memory card and using ZAR was able to recover the
    files. I will download this software and give it a try. If you are
    correct, it will not find anything either. If so I will abandon my efforts
    and surrender to the gods of stupidity. Hindsight is 20-20.

    Thanks for your help,

    Ron Carroll - Oregon, USA

    _____Message sent by Tama Mativa___________________
    Last week i formated my CF card accidently and was trying to recover the

    I bought a Card reader and used the program "Zero Assumption digital image
    recovery" and got back all the photos

    thanks to everyone for the suggestions

    Ron, May 22, 2004
  7. I lost 36 images (the last on the SM chip) from a snowmobile trip to
    Barentsburg (from Longyearbyen on Svalbard/Spitzbergen, a
    once-in-a-lifetime experience).

    This was with an Oly D40Z.

    I downloaded PhotoRescue from, it found every
    single missing image, it even recovered the original name/date/time info.

    At $29 for the full version, it was a _very_ easy buy.


    PS. I tried two or three other programs as well, with less luck.
    Terje Mathisen, May 22, 2004
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    Reg Hamilton Guest

    Try "Recover My Photos", It has a free preview of
    deleted photos in the demo download version. It worked well for me.

    Good luck
    Reg Hamilton, May 29, 2004
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