Recapturing your lost digital photographs

Alison Young
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February 16, 2007
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Have you ever accidentally deleted digital photos off your camera’s memory card/stick? You could easily delete these unknowingly if you’re not paying attention to what you’re doing. Perhaps you thought the photos were copied off to your computer, yet you already deleted the valuable pictures. Whatever you did, you don’t have to be frustrated at the thought of losing these photos forever.

You can very easily retrieve them back with PHOTORECOVERY.

There are several software programs you can use to recover photos, but I discovered LC Tech’s PHOTORECOVERY for Digital Media at this year’s MacWorld. I think it is one of the most easy to use recovery programs out there. It’s definitely a must-have user-friendly companion for the absentminded photographer or camera enthusiast. Once you have the program installed on your computer, the whole process is as simple as inserting your card/stick into the computer and then running PHOTORECOVERY on the media. You’ll then see your once thought to be lost forever photos magically appear in the window.

PHOTORECOVERY was developed as an easy to use application designed to recover images, movies and sound files from all types of digital media. It was designed for compatibility with Memory Sticks, SmartMedia, CompactFlash I/II, Micro Drives, SD/XD cards, multimedia chips, floppy disks or just about any form of digital film. The software has been further developed to recover many more file types from digital media used in just your digital camera. Furthermore, it can recover documents, spreadsheets text files, etc., and make an image backup of your card to allow full recovery.

PHOTORECOVERY will work with most brands of cameras, cards and readers. Note that to preserve the data on your drive with the deleted files, all recovered files must be saved to a different drive. You don’t want to download the software onto the drive that you’re trying to recover, and certainly do not try to save the files back onto the drives that you’re recovering from.

If you require the software in another language, it is available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Turkish, Russian, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

You can download PHOTORECOVERY for Digital Media as a free demo at It is available for both Mac (OS X 10.1.5 and above) and PC (Windows 98 and higher), and costs $39.95 for the full version. If you’re interested in this for business or photo lab use you can purchase a professional license. Additionally, if you have no luck with the software, an in-house recovery service is offered. You send in your card, your photos are recovered, placed on a CD and sent back to you.

Some of the other useful products LG Technology (viewable on the website) has to offer are:

* FILERECOVERY for Windows: Safe and affordable doit-yourself data undelete solution designed to recover deleted files from all types of media from hard drives to various removable media, $59.95

* Digital Media Doctor (Windows): A utility to test, benchmark and produce reports on nearly all types of removable digital media, $14.95

* FILEXTINGUISHER (Windows): Completely delete what you really want to delete, $39.95.

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