Lost photo rescued by
UNZAP FLASH MEMORY
How to salvage deleted pictures from camera
memory. By Mark Frauenfelder
When I was in Japan for a few days last year, I
took a lot of pictures of people wearing uniforms.
It seemed like everyone in Tokyo, from leaf raker
to hair stylist to vending machine mechanic, was
wearing a slick-looking uniform.
When I got back to my hotel room after a day
of shooting, I was eager to upload the photos
to my iBook so I could post them to my blog. I
plugged my digital camera into my computer,
started uploading photos, and when the process
was complete, no photos were there! Worse, the
photos on my memory card were gone.
I wrote it off as bad luck and went out to take
more pictures. When I got back, I emailed a friend
and told him what had happened. He said, “Don’t
take any more pictures!” He told me to try CameraSalvage, an application specifically designed
to recover photographs that were deleted from
flash memory cards by mistake.
It turns out that flash memory stores data
much like a hard drive. When a file is erased, it’s
really the directory, not the file, that’s deleted.
Since I had already taken several pictures after
the disaster, I didn’t have much hope of recovering the uniform shots, but I gave it a try.
Fingers crossed, I fired up the application.
CameraSalvage filled a folder with most of the
photos I’d lost. I haven’t had an occasion to use
the application again, and I hope I never will, but
it’s nice knowing I have it in case things go wrong.
Mark Frauenfelder is editor-in-chief of MAKE.