Digital camera technology makes it easy to delete unwanted photos whenever you need. Unfortunately, it can also mean accidentally deleting files you want to keep or transfer to your computer. Some cameras can occasionally get confused and reset the memory card to show ‘no images’, even though the files are still there. If you act quickly, it is possible to recover lost photographs from most digital memory cards using Smart Recovery. It can also help reconstruct data files after a card has been formatted. All you do is download and install the program on your computer. Follow the simple steps and – fingers crossed – the photographs or videos can be recovered from the memory card. An important first step is to remove the memory card from the digital camera and lock the card until you have recovered your photos and videos. Memory cards have a small switch with the word ‘lock’ (or a symbol) on the side. Move the switch to the locked position to prevent any further changes to the memory card (locking lets you read the contents of the card but not accidentally make change that will make it difficult to undelete the files)
Smart Recovery supports the following picture formats: .jpg, .tiff, .bmp, .gif, Canon .crw, Fuji .raf, Olympus .orf (E-XX), Olympus .orf (C5050), Kodak .dcr, Minolta .mrw, Nikon .nef (D1H/D1X), Nikon .nef (E5000/E5700), Sigma - Foveon .x3f. Plus Video files in .avi, QuickTime .mov format and audio files in .wav or .dss formats.
Most digital memory card formats are supported including Compact Flash, Smart Media, Memory stick, Secure Digital Card, Microdrive, Multimedia Card and Microsoft pocket. Since Smart Recovery only reads the memory card, you can try it on card types not listed here. As long as you have a card reader or camera that creates a 'logical drive', it should work. Smart Recovery is free (freeware), so it is worth downloading and keeping for emergencies.