Oops I deleted my files!
Has this ever happened to you?
I just received a text from a friend the other day:
My friend: Hi Ashley. Hope all is well! I’m hoping you can answer a quick question. My friend took photos of our daughters dance recital and elted her card after she thought they all uploaded to her computer. Oops. Do you think that they are gone forever? My husband thinks they could still be retrieved.
Me: If she didn’t format the card there’s a possibility the images can be saved. They can also still be in her computer trash [when she deleted the images].
My friend: Thanks!
I went on and told her briefly my process was hoping that she hasn’t formatted the card yet because most people do not.
The next day I received an updated text.
My friend: She recovered all the deleted files from her SD card successfully!!! Thank you sooo much for all your help!!
Me: That’s awesome!
TIP: When you photograph whether it’s for professional or fun, it’s always important to back up your images. Your camera could be misplaced, damaged, etc and the files could be gone. When on vacation, use multiple cards if you aren’t able to back your images up during your time away.
PROCESS: When you back your images up keep one set of files as the original. Keep them on a separate drive. The others set files you can edit.* This way if something gets corrupted or deleted you have a back up. After your back the images up, delete the images from your card to your computer’s trash. Then empty the trash. It’s not ready to eject. Your card will still think the files are on it. Next time you have the card in your camera, format it. This makes sure the card is ready for the camera you are about to use, and it’s fully wiped.
NOTE: I always check the images on the camera to make sure there’s nothing in case I grabbed a memory card that I haven’t backed up yet. I know that if there aren’t any images I have back that card up. Then I format.
This process is important – back up – delete – trash – eject – format. It saves the lifespan of your card and you are able to use the full capacity of space for your next shoot.
TIP: Create a system that works best for you so you won’t miss any of the memories you can’t get back. My system may not be the best for you.
Thankfully my friend was able to retrieve the images. [insert many smiley faces and fireworks] So the moral of the story is don’t panic if you accidentally deleted your files. There’s still hope if you haven’t formatted your card, or the images still can be in your computer’s trash.
Looking for a great card for your camera? Hoodman is a great company I LOVE. They are always on top of their game, and the speeds are incredible. Cards do go bad eventually and they have a great customer service! When you use cards as much as I do, they eventually will get tired like anything else we use over an over again.
You can purchase a Hoodman Memory card by going to there site http://www.hoodmanusa.com
Have a question yourself? Comment here and I’ll answer!
*JPG is a compressed file. Every time you open and save that file to the exact same name you lose information (0′s and 1′s that make up that image in the file). If you are editing the files always save to a new file name if you are working with a compressed files. RAW images are not compressed files.