So after returning home from a sun-baked day at the Greenville Scottish Games last night, I resolved to do some catching up with photos. The last few times we’ve gone somewhere to do some shooting, I’ve not had time to do more than bring the memory card home and set it aside. So I popped in the first card to my Macbook, loaded the Photos into Lightroom and decided which handful I wanted to post on Flickr.
I ejected that card, and dropped in the second card I had sitting out, and did the same thing.
Then I pulled that card out, forgetting to eject it, and plugged in the third one, of today’s photos. On a Mac, this is dangerous behavior. Suddenly, I had about 25 shots that were corrupted files. Including a few that I had worked pretty hard to get in a crowded space.
Off I went to attempt a few things with disk recovery on my Windows machine. Unfortunately, most of my tools for recovering deleted items from memory cards were somewhat useless. The items hadn’t been deleted, just corrupted, so they were simply copying the same files from the card. One, however, gave me a little bit of extra hope. PC Inspector, because it gives me file system options including the “No FAT system” recovery option actually used the clusters of the memory card to pull together the data of the photo files with corrupt headers, and saved all but one of my shots, but saving some that I was very glad to see!
Best of all, PC Inspector is freeware!
So it won’t necessarily save you all the time, so do be careful when exchanging memory cards in your computers, but it’s not a bad tool to keep handy, just in case.