Photo recovery tutorial

All image recovery programs work basically the same, though some work more effectively than others. This tutorial is illustrated using PhotoRescue, one of many programs available to help recover lost images from media such as memory cards.

PhotoRescue to the rescue

  1. Insert the card into memory card reader.
  2. Create a folder on your desktop (or wherever) and give it a name. I named mine “Recovered Images.
  3. Open PhotoRescue. It automatically finds the card.
  4. Click “OK.” PhotoRescue reads and recovers files. You’re given an “expert” mode if you’re not satisfied with the results.
  5. When the process is complete, click “Continue.” A window opens, which contains a folder called “FOUND.” Double-click on the folder to view it’s contents.
  6. Content in the Found folder needs to be copied to the folder you created. Select “File” from the menu > “Save all” > Browse to your folder then click “OK.”

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1. PhotoRescue

1. PhotoRescue

2. The found folder

2. The found folder

3. Select all the images you wish to recover

3. Select all the images you wish to recover

4. Save images to your rescue folder.

4. Save images to your rescue folder.

That’s it!

Now it’s time to take a sigh of relief.

Whatever photo recovery program used, carefully follow the developers instructions.

Results of the process used to illustrate this tutorial: 143 photos were recovered from a 256 MB CompactFlash card. There was no loss of EXIF data.

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