Erased pictures on SD card

I have pictures I accidently deleted on the memory card in my digital camera. I'm wanting to look at my memory card. Will all my erased pictures be on my memory card still? I really hope they can be recovered. Please help.

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Data may still be on the card

Erasing a memory card only erase the directory. All the data will remain on the card until they are overwritten by new data. They can be recovered with special software.

To recover the images, you need to use a memory card reader to make your memory card appear like a disk to your PC. If you don't have one, you can buy one for around $30.

Many programs to recover the data exists – some are even free, and work well, I hear.

However, the one I use is PhotoRescue. It is avilable for both MS Windows and Mac Os X, and is designed to recover the most common image, video and audio formats, including RAW and QuickTime. It costs around $30, and it has never failed to recover my pictures, even from a broken card. They have a free trial that let you try before you buy.

If you can get to jpeg-files, but they are corrupted and you get error-messages when you try to open them, you may want to try JPEGrecovery. It is available for both MS Windows and Mac Os X. They too have a free trial that let you try before you buy.

There is also free software solution called PhotoRec that you may want to try. It is avialable for MS Windows, Mac OS X, MS-DOS, and most flavours of Unix including GNU/Linux, and FreeBSD.

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Try Image Rescue 4 by Lexar.

It works really well on my compact flash cards.

Cards don't have to be Lexar.

Go to Lexar site and check it out.

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