Photographers worst digital nightmare

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  • Jon
    Hello,

    I just double checked the defaults and delete from card is not checked... it may have been checked by accident on your computer.
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  • kenscottphoto
    If you haven't shot the cards again my I suggest this software app. It is the ONLY app that I use to get images off CF cards.

    http://www.datarescue.com/photorescue/

    I have the expert version $30 USD and it is amazing. I used the free Lexar and Sandisk versions they they didn't get back nearly as many photos.

    I would try it, on all the cards from the shoot, even if you have shot on them, it can't hurt.

    I have hit, in the bright sun moving fast, the delete after import box. It should not be there, always reformat the cards in camera that way the images are on the CF cards until the last minute.

    Good luck!
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  • kenscottphoto
    I quickly took my firewire 400/800 sandisk cf reader and took a sandisk extreme IV 2 gig card, filled with canon 1dsM3 raw files. I imported it in C1pro 3.7.9 and I checked the import/delete button. After it finished I ejected the card, verified that the images were gone and then got 100% of them back in the software that I mentioned above. I then tried this with P30+ large raw files and I got all of them back as well. I hope this helps you get back some of the job.

    Ken
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  • max fox
    Did you check to see if you could add the session again ?

    Otherwise get a new assistant as he should have checked it was backed up or at least checked before deleting the cards.

    user error by the sounds of it.
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  • James 7
    I've got an Ops/Assistants course running on the 6th if its of interest? See the blog/website for more details.
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  • John 32
    I have several years digital assisting and my advice would be to never let any software access the raw image data itself. I always copy to a folder on a separate drive and then let the software access the drive or files on the computer, but never from the actual source itself. It's too risky, and understandably it's very easy to make mistakes dealing with everything else on a shoot. It is slower, of course, but it keeps problems like this from happening. Also I definitely recommend datarescue as well, it's by far the best retrieval program I've seen. Just be sure to work off of a backup of the data, not the original.
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  • Paul Steunebrink
    Import or download software might have the option to copy the images to TWO locations during import. I have an external drive (2.5"HDD in enclosure without power adapter) attached during import for this purpose. A great safety measure in case of human / software / hardware error.

    After archiving my images, I clean up the files on the external drive regularly to create space for the next round.
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