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Occasional Contributor
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Registered: ‎10-19-2014

If a low level format is done (in error) can the photos be recovered? Tks

 
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Re: If a low level format is done (in error) can the photos be recovered? Tks

Yes it is possible to recover all if not most of your pictures. There are some free programs out there and some that are free to try and will show you how much it will recover or allow you to recover only like 10 files and if you want the rest you have to pay. It depends how important the files are to you.

I went ahead and purchased a program called  Data Rescue PC3 and it worked very well for me recovering pictures I accidently lost by low level formatting like you did. It recovered them all for me, about 60 pictures.

It is important that you do not store anything else on it until you try and recoer the files first otherwise it could write over them. Then they are lost forever.

Most recovery software will work on all mediums like hard drives, SD cards, memory sticks etc..

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Registered: ‎10-19-2014

Re: If a low level format is done (in error) can the photos be recovered? Tks

Thanks John this is the first positive news I have heard since I lost our most recent vacation pics. I am going to check out your suggestion right now. 😄
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Re: If a low level format is done (in error) can the photos be recovered? Tks

Your welcome!

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Re: If a low level format is done (in error) can the photos be recovered? Tks

Hi John - unfortunately the demo software was only able to locate the 3 photos that I had taken after performing the format before discovering that all the rest were gone. Thank you very much for you quick reply and suggestions. 😄
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Re: If a low level format is done (in error) can the photos be recovered? Tks

Don't give up. I've recovered photos (for others) after worse than a format. Try this one.

 

http://www.transcend-info.com/Support/Software-4

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Registered: ‎10-19-2014

Re: If a low level format is done (in error) can the photos be recovered? Tks

Thanks for the link.  No luck with this one either.  Guess I will have to take it to a photo or recovery specialist in the hopes that they have better luck and can scan deeper.Smiley Happy

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