Here is a mistake I have never made before – I went out one evening to photograph sunset in the hills above Scottsdale, and noticed my card was nearly full. I did a quick look – perfect, these have been downloaded and backed up, so I formatted my card and began shooting. It wasn’t until I got back to camp that I remembered that I had photographed Scottsdale and the McCormick Ranch the night before and hadn’t backed up or downloaded those images – I just wiped out that evenings work!
I couldn’t believe it – I’m always so careful. I told Janine that if we ever get any requests for photos of McCormick Ranch, don’t tell me! I didn’t lose anything that was going to win awards or solve world peace, but it is still a bummer to lose a nights work.
So I decided to see if I could rescue the images – even though the card was formatted, as long as the new images weren’t written over the old, I thought there might be a chance, and I had nothing to lose. I downloaded a recovery program, and didn’t have any luck. I then thought of Photo Rescue. I noticed that I could download a free version that would search your card and tell what it found before you actually had to buy the program – so I would know if it could work before parting with the cash. Well, sure enough, I believe it found every photo from that night! I couldn’t believe it, and happily paid the $29 for the actual program. It successfully recovered every image.
The ironic thing is that this same SanDisk Extreme card came with Photo Rescue on it for free, so I’m sure I had a copy at home – this is just another reason to use SanDisk Extreme cards. In the future I will make sure I have that program on my laptop when I travel.
So if you ever unintentionally delete, format, or just have a card go bad, don’t give up until you try Photo Rescue!