by Anura Guruge
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Just a sample of the pictures I had lost.
I had checked them on the camera and new I had WINNERS.
On Saturday we attended my niece-in-law’s wedding in Maine. I, luckily (and what would have been by choice), was not the official photographer. I am not good enough for that. They had two female professionals who had been flown in for the event.
But, I had been told to take some pictures. And that is never too much of an imposition since I do take (and publish) at least 7 pictures each-and-every day, 365/366-days a year, and have done so for at least 4-years.
I take around 26,000 pictures a year! I had NEVER lost a picture due to an SD card failure — ever. (Yes, I once lost some pictures on a SD card, but that was after I had downloaded them onto my PC.)
On Saturday evening, a few hours after the wedding, I did LOSE all the pictures!
I also know how and why. I tried to look at them, and copy them onto an USB stick (so I can give them to my sister-in-law), on a Samsung Chromebook! The bloody Chromebook ate my 64G SD card. Here is the crazy thing. Just a week earlier my wife had a total SD card failure on this Chromebook, BUT we never suspected that it was the bloody Chromebook that was damaging the cards.
I did NOT get upset! That is old age. I am much more sanguine about life and the curve balls it throws at me than I was even a year ago.
Yes, I knew there was recovery software I could try, but I couldn’t do that till I got home and had access to a proper PC.
Well, a couple of hours after we got home on Sunday — after I managed to get my damn Atlantic Broadband Internet service restored, I was ready to try some software.
We had already done some Googling and I had read up on ‘recoverit‘. Sounded promising.
There was no way I was going to mess around with FREE software. I did not want to risk corrupting the SD card any further.
Yes, I started with the FREE version of ‘recoverit’. When it told me, within seconds, that it had found 300 files I knew I was in business.
I stopped it. I uninstalled it. I paid the $60 and got the lifetime, PRO version. For $10 difference it made no sense just to get a 1-year license.
Since it scans the entire card, and it was a 64GB card, it took about an hour to locate all the files. It said it found about 900. Turns out that each picture was duplicated!
Once the files were found the recovery took less than 5-minutes.
‘Recoverit’ recovered ALL the files. I did NOT lose a single picture. Got everyone back.
Yes, I am happy.
I am impressed.
It would have been a shame to have lost these wedding pictures.
Word of warning. Do not take a SD card within 10′ of a bloody Chromebook! I am serious.
After the wedding, which finished at 3:30pm, I had gone to Camden — another of my favorite haunts in Maine. It was dark and I got some good pictures. They were on the card too. I was kind of disappointed that I had lost those. Wasn’t sure that I would ever get the same lighting again. Well, I got those back too.
Thank YOU, Wondershare.
As far as I am concerned you worked miracles.
Total, unstinted praise & endorsement.
by Anura Guruge