So yesterday I had an amazing set with my lovely team Eline and Luce Del Sole for a collaboration I was doing with Antidote London Latex. The set was pretty cool, we ended up getting a wide range of shoots on various backdrops and it turned out pretty damn awesome. Right after the shoot I already edited one of the images and released it, hyped as I was.
Usually right after the set I load my images over to one of my extern disks and yesterday was no exception, but I kept running into troubles that my Bridge kept crashing. Since I’m used to some hiccups I did the usual: I restarted my computer real quick, cleaned the cache of Bridge and make sure only one of the scripts was running (one of the biggest issues I used to have). Things where fine so I kept trying a few times. And then, well. It just crashed. I clicked on the memory card and it gave a card reading error, I plugged it in my camera and the info said it wasn’t accessible. Formatting seemed to be the only option and there was no way I was ever going to do that with a whole shoot on it.
Some 101 I do know from an event a few years back was that the less happened to a memory card, the bigger your chances are of ever retrieving some of almost all of the information. I went to google and tried to find some affordable and free solutions - but ended up just settling for being mad at myself for losing my codes included in my Sandisk Memory cards I got after I became a GenNEXT broncolor ambassador and I just sucked up the costs of paying for it. And there they where: my beloved files. Having the program now is a reassurance though I hope I never have to go through that again. Tried my luck one so I will avoid a second time for sure … but you never know when your gear decides to crash on you.
Before I actually paid for it, I was able to run a test-run of the program and saw almost all of my files where retrievable. So I paid the 36 euros, run the program and bam: there they where. Almost everything in their original raw format and ready to be edited. I moved them to my extern disk in a separate map and copied them from their again to the location they should be, ready to be processed.
For now I’m going to keep them there and just wait out until everything is really processed and sorted, out of fear. I have marked the memory card as a faulty one and I’m going to keep it for an absolute emergency one when everything else fails (basically my 3 other memory cards before I need to use it).
I do have to say I’ve always been very happy with CF SanDisks memory cards. A fault can always happen in any program or hardware, especially these things including “memory” , so I don’t blame them. I did finally use my second slot for the SD memory card and I’m using my other one now.
Program I used: SanDisk RescuePRO (Standard)
Costed me about 36 euros. Retrieving about 750 images took about 45 minutes to scan and almost another hour to completely extract them to my extern disk.