Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Recovering JPEG images from a damaged compact flash card

I've started to blog again...

I've not been lucky with data storage devices recently.

Last week my Thinkpad crashed. The disk got shredded into pieces under the Linux /lost+found directory. I had to crawl through it for two days to manually recover some of the files I cared about.

A few weeks ago the compact flash card in my digital camera got damaged too, giving me a "This card cannot be used" error message. I had two 2 GB of JPEG images on that card: family photos that I didn't want to lose! After reading the troubleshooting section of my Nikon's user manual I was almost ready to buy some expensive recovery software, or ship my card to a company that recovers images, when I thought:

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