When all else fails
After returning from a two week European vacation of a lifetime, I had four high-capacity SD cards filled with photos and memories – or so I thought. When I tried to download the contents of the cards into my computer, one of the cards balked and refused to give up any files. The computer said simply, “card corrupted, data inaccessible.” Whoah! 600-700 pictures lost forever? I’ve taken thousands and thousands of pictures with my trusty Nikon D90 and never run into anything like this. I immediately panicked and called the camera store where I do all my business. They didn’t sound very optimistic but told me to bring the card in and they’d see what they could do. They messed around with it using some ‘special’ software but after a couple days they told me all was lost, there were no files to be found. As a last resort, they gave the card to a local computer expert in hopes he could work some magic, but he too failed and pronounced the card irredeemable. Totally distraught, I Googled the internet looking for a solution and ended up in a forum like this one. I came across a couple of postings praising the wizardry of a company in Germany called RecoverFab who specializes in recovering data from SD cards and other media when all hope is lost. I had nothing to lose so I filled out an order form and shipped the card off to Germany. One week later they notified me they had received my card. One day later they informed me they had recovered 662 photos from the ‘corrupted’ card and let me view 100 photos from the card to confirm they’d found what I was looking for. Happy Days! Shortly there after, I paid them with PayPal and they sent me a link where I could download all 662 photos – full sized in full resolution. It couldn’t have been easier or quicker and the people at RecoverFab were responsive and accommodating and handled my order expeditiously. Now I can proceed to make a photobook of the trip WITHOUT a five-day gap in my travelogue. They do amazing work at a fair price and respond promptly. I will be forever in their debt. If this story sounds familiar, don’t give up hope. RecoverFab can be found on the internet at: http://recoverfab.com.