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Dammit, please don't tell me I lost this (flash memory recovery)

RaggaholicRaggaholic Registered User regular
edited October 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
Alright, here's the problem. I used my camera to take some pics and record some video of a recent trip. I use the copy wizard in XP to get the pics off, but the video sometimes messes up. No big deal, as I have other ways to get it off. Well, I was going through the camera erasing the pics I already had when I accidentally erased a video I hadn't copied.

Now, this isn't usually a problem. I have Disk Digger and PC Inspector I use for recovering accidentally deleted files. The problem is neither one of them is working for this. When they try to recover the video, the "preview" of it shows a picture taken that day. When I try to play the recovered video in VLC or Quicktime, it's basically showing that picture then everything freezes. The THM file that goes with the video shows a screen from it in Disk Diggers preview, but that's it.

This is a pretty important video. Have I just permanently lost it?

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    ChanusChanus Harbinger of the Spicy Rooster Apocalypse The Flames of a Thousand Collapsed StarsRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Is it a picture you've taken since you accidentally erased the video? It could be sharing the same memory location, causing the video to be unrecoverable.


    This is just a theory, probably false, and I wouldn't know how to fix it.

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    ProPatriaMoriProPatriaMori Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I seem to remember Flash deletes working differently than deletes on spinning platter discs, and bet that Flash exposes itself to the OS differently (so it can handle wear leveling etc transparent to the computer). You may need a specialized program to undelete things on Flash...DiskInternals has a separate one, for example.

    I haven't bothered to see if the programs you describe are suited for Flash or not, but you might want to try some different utilities maybe?

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    RaggaholicRaggaholic Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    The picture is one that was taken after the video was made, but prior to anything being deleted. Once I realized I deleted the video, I didn't take any more pictures because I didn't want to risk overwriting it.

    Disk Digger is great for flash. It even recovered pics I took seven years ago when I found an old 16MB card laying around. I'm more than willing to try an program suggested, as it's better than a random google search. I think DiskInternals doesn't work for video, though.

    It was in .mov format and over 1GB in size on a microSD card and adapter, if any of that matters.

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    PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    1. Good, you stopped using the card
    2. Get PhotoRec
    3. Get your [strike]homemade porno vid[/strike]"1GB .mov file" back
    4. Enjoy

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    PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    1. Good, you stopped using the card
    2. Get PhotoRec
    3. Get your [strike]homemade porno vid[/strike]"1GB .mov file" back
    4. Enjoy

    This program has also been suggested, but I've had good luck with PhotoRec every time I've used it.

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    RaggaholicRaggaholic Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    1. Good, you stopped using the card
    2. Get PhotoRec
    3. Get your [strike]homemade porno vid[/strike]"1GB .mov file" back
    4. Enjoy

    This program has also been suggested, but I've had good luck with PhotoRec every time I've used it.
    Unfortunately, neither worked. PhotoRec was able to get me a 621MB incomplete file and the other got me a 568MB incomplete file. Neither is playable. Ah well, looks like I'll have to keep trying other programs to get this [strike]video from Six Flags[/strike] "1GB .mov" file back.
    I know, the homemade porno vid would have been so much better.

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