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what a dunce i am

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eRRolSheep Report 27 Jun 2012 19:46

When you delete anything from a memory stick, card, hard drive etc you do not actually delete them - you merely mark the area on the media as available for "writing" to unless you physically instruct the computer to permanently delete which is usually unlikely. So as long as nothing else has been saved to the card since then it is totally recoverable unless it is down to a total card failure.


AnninGlos Report 27 Jun 2012 16:41

Thanks for that Carol useful to know.


Carol Report 27 Jun 2012 16:30

@ AnninGlos and Margaretfinch
Yes, files can be recovered after being deleted, provided the card has not been used to store more photo's etc, or become corrupt. There is a free program you could try called Recuva


AnninGlos Report 27 Jun 2012 12:49

Sue I'm a bit confused. Do you mean they can be retrieved if you physically delete them from the card? :-S


SueMaid Report 27 Jun 2012 08:48

You never lose them from the card. A camera/photography shop can retrieve them for you. It will cost you but if they're precious photos it's worth it. When we were travelling in the UK a few years ago we 'lost' a lot of very precious photos and a camera shop retrieved them for us and put them onto a disc. Good luck.


Nyx Report 26 Jun 2012 17:40

You've probably done this but if you have other photographs filed already in 'my pictures' or whatever, check that they haven't been added to a previous file? I have done that before myself, forgotten to put a new date and they have added to last ones added.


AnninGlos Report 26 Jun 2012 17:35

As Piglets pal says Margaret you could check the camera's memory. You have to be careful with some programmes when downloading to the pc from the card, there is a box you can tick (or untick if already ticked) which says "delete from card when downloaded?" If you had that ticked it will explain why they are not on the card.
Have you done a search for them on your pc rather than just manually looking?


badger Report 26 Jun 2012 16:21

Depends on wether or not you clicked on ,delete after downloading,if you did they are gone ,but if you downloaded and didn't press delete .they will be in your programme files in the hard drive ,not a job for someone with no naunce,get a friend to do it for you ,one who knows what she ,or he is doing :-)

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♥†۩ Carol Paine ۩†♥ Report 26 Jun 2012 15:43

silly question, but have you tried looking in downloads? :-)


DazedConfused Report 26 Jun 2012 15:39

I know this sounds odd, but were they on the card in the first place.

I know owned a digital camera and I had to transfer the photos to the card sometimes as they were often stored in the cameras memory.


Margaretfinch Report 26 Jun 2012 15:08

I will keep trying but I think they have gone thankyou Margaret


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 26 Jun 2012 14:41

Hubby did this to me last year, with holiday photos. He downloaded a recovery programme called (I think) Handbrake. it cost about £40 for one year, but is was worth it to save him from the aggro (from me! )

Before doing anything similar, do ask your tame neighbourhood IT tech to see if there is an easier/cheaper way.


Muffyxx Report 26 Jun 2012 14:36

May be worth googling to see if there is a forum that relates to the model of your camera...people on there usually have the answers.

Sorry I can't be more helpful..hope you manage to get your pictures back ! x

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*$parkling $andie* Report 26 Jun 2012 14:32


They should be retrievable what ever you did.
Hubby recently 'revived' a so call dead laptop for my niece and recovered everything for her.

Do you have a friend close by that could look at it for you ?
Worth a try.

My nieces friends partner retrieved her photos, charged her £40 , told her the laptop was dead and could he have it. She paid the money but wouldn't let him have the laptop. When hubby told her that was way over the top for 5 mins work ,she asked him to see what he could do with it.
She didn't ask him first as she lives in N Wales and we live in the South.
We went to visit them when she told hubby about it, with a few new parts and a little patience said laptop is now back in full working order ! and photos back on.

Good luck I hope someone near can help you, cos things don't get permanently deleted, there is always a way of retrieving them.
Think of the police recovering things for evidence



Mauatthecoast Report 26 Jun 2012 14:28

I'm no expert by any means Margaret but have you tried putting the card into another camera to see if they are in fact still there?
or use a recovery programme perhaps?

Am sure there'll be someone on here who can help you.



Margaretfinch Report 26 Jun 2012 14:05

I put the card out of my camera to try and put the photos on my computer I have lost the photos and the card is wiped clean what did I do wrong
Thanks Margaret