Saturday, July 12, 2008


I have long had an obsession with photographs. I love taking pictures, I love looking at pictures and now having a digital camera I can crop my pictures before they are printed. Since we bought a digital camera several years ago I save all my picture on to CDs and only print the photographs I need. I know i still have all of those pictures stored on the CDs and can pull them up anytime I need them. I know one day when I need to make a collage for a birthday or graduation for our children I will have all the digital pictures I could ever want. Well until last night.

I was moving pictures from my camera onto the CD I am currently filling (I fill a CD every other month or less). The computer told me that the disk was full and could not write the pictures to the disk. This happens, but sometimes the pictures have been written to the disk anyway. So I tried to read the disk on the computer, nothing. I tried in the DVD player since it was close by, nothing. I went downstairs to try on the other computer. The computer apparently had never finished shutting down so I had to wait for it to shut down, then start again, then it froze, then I had to restart it again, then the computer still couldn't read anything the CD. So I went back to the laptop wrote the pictures to a new CD and tried one more time to read the original CD, still nothing. Somehow the CD was wiped clean.

I then put the other pictures that were still on my camera that for whatever reason I hadn't deleted yet (even though I had already put them on a disk). And then realized the pictures we took at my grandma's when we were in Tennessee were wiped off of that CD and I had already deleted them from my camera. These were the first happy pictures of my grandma and Goldilocks (the first were taken while we were there for my granddaddy's funeral).

After some verbal frustration, throwing the blank CD across the room, more verbal frustration and a bit of crying I went to Google (the best thing that is taking over the world!) and searched "retrieve deleted pictures from SD card."

It worked! There was someone on Yahoo Answers who asked this very question and someone answered saying to use ZAR (Zero Assumption Recovery). There is a free download to recover deleted memory card images! I was so excited but a bit sceptical.

It took a few minutes to download, and then I began the recovery process.

After 45 minutes of recovery I was able to see the images on the card. SD memory cards write over deleted information so I was able to see the images that were still on the card and some that were deleted. After another 40 minutes or so i had only 10 images out of 300+ images to look at before the recovery of the 37 pictures that were lost. I was almost there. I had found all the images from my grandma's house and the drive home. It was all right there in front of me.

And then my camera battery died.

Are you kidding me?!?!?

So after several more attempts and the program shutting itself off three times (I think I was trying to view the images faster than it could process), more crying and three more attempts, this morning it finally worked!

So was it worth all the frustration and crying and time? Here are a few of the 37 pictures I was able to recover. What do you think?

Thank you Yahoo answers!!!

Andi and Brad have been married since 2002. They have five squishers who keep them on their toes. She is a second generation home educator. In her spare time Andi creates and sells handmade goodies in her shop, Andi Gould Designs.

1 comment:

  1. Andi! You need to back up your photos onto a hard drive of some sort. CDs only have a short life span and even when you burn them and everything goes swimmingly, you run the risk of 10 years from now trying to use them and having them be useless. Serioulsy, backup hard drives aren't too much cash and you will be much more secure with your precious images. :) Just my two cents.

    Love ya!



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