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Lost all pics
March 13, 2011
3:51 am
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I had over 400 pics on an SD card. Put the card into the slot on my computer and opened Picasa. I opened the last pic on the card in order to edit it. Saved the edited pic. When I tried to open a second pic, I found that all the pics were gone. I opened Windows Explorer, and to my horror, found that instead of the directory for Drive G: there is only one empty folder named “NCIM” and one file named ypy?qsy?.vfs, size 19,808 kb. (Where I'm showing question marks, they are actually skinny rectangles.)  I need these pics. What the heck happened, and how can I fix it?

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March 13, 2011
1:45 pm
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That's a sinking feeling to see empty space where pictures should be!  I'm afraid I don't know what happened, but odds are good that they are there somewhere.  First of all – don't take any new pictures on that card till you figure it out!!

You say that you “Put the card into the slot on my computer and opened Picasa. I opened the last pic on the card in order to edit it. Saved the edited pic.”  I don't understand that part.  When you put an SD card in and open Picasa – you are on the Picasa Import screen.  Did you import one?  or did you import all?  Then, what option did you choose on “After copying:”?  If you chose 'Leave Card alone.' or ' delete only copied photos' then you're clearly fine.  Just put the card back in again and Picasa should allow you to import all 400.  If you chose 'delete everything on card' then it could be trouble.

I wrote an article some time ago on how to recover deleted pictures from an SD card.  You can read it on this newsletter:

http://www.geeksontour.com/new…..080123.htm

Meanwhile, make sure to review the video on importing pictures with Picasa: /picasa-learning-series/ #6

Let us know how it goes.

March 16, 2011
12:12 am
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I only imported the one photo. Then I chose “Leave card alone.” I can't understand why all the pics disappeared after that. I figure that they are probably still on the card and are only missing from the directory. But I don't understand how this happened. Why does the directory show that mysteriously named file? (Which, of course, can't be opened. Windows wants to know which program created it.) What about the NCIM folder? When I tried to open it, I got this message:  “G:\ncim refers to a location that is unavailable.”

You said I should put the card back in to allow Picasa to import all the pics. Picasa can't read the card now. Somehow the pics have apparently disappeared. Even the DCIM and 101CASIO folders are no longer there. Instead, the folder and the file that I mentioned are shown in the directory.

I'll try the program (PC Inspector File Recovery) that you suggest in your article about recovering deleted pictures and hope that it works. But I really want to know how to keep this from happening again. What did I do wrong?

Oh yeah, I did know better than to use the card for anything after the disaster!

March 16, 2011
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Unfortunately, without being there and watching exactly what you did – there's no way to know what happened.  If you only imported one picture – I would expect the others to 'go away.'  But, if you chose 'Leave Card Alone'  they certainly *should* stilll be on the card.

Maybe it's something to do with the card reader … we've had a couple people here at the rally whose computers couldn't read their camera cards at all (even thought they used to) We loaned them a USB card reader and all worked fine.

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