George V. Reilly

Recovering photos from a corrupted card

ZAR: Zero Assumption Recovery

I had about 60 apparently corrupted photos on a Com­pact­Flash card this evening. It might have been due to Lightroom going berserk, but it was more likely from my pulling the card reader out of the computer without ejecting it first.

The photos wouldn’t show up under Mac, Linux, or Windows. I tried to chkdsk the card under Windows, which complained about a “raw” disk. That led me to ZAR, the Zero Assumption Recovery toolkit. The evaluation copy retrieved the photos very nicely. Whew!

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