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    Good evening!
    I have been a User over on the Olympus UK E- System User Group for a long time, but having got a GX80, I thought it time to visit here.

    I was out shooting today with a recently acquired GX80. About 36 images which were all there on the card when I finished lunch. After lunch I added two further images. I was shooting RAW+L on to a Transcend 32GB card.

    When I got home and put the card in my PC only the last two images were there.

    I scanned the card using Stellar Photo Recovery but that found nothing.

    The card still works OK now. I find it very unlikely that I accidentally formatted the card before the last two shots were taken.

    This is possible however, as my Menu press showed I was at (Spanner) p 6/6 with “Format” selected.

    So, deletion would need a press of “Menu”, a press of the left arrow then a further press of “Menu” .

    Difficult to image that being done by accident, especially as I normally carry the camera switched off, but possible??

    I have been shooting digital for since 1999, and never had this happen before.

    Any ideas about how to prevent a recurrence would be appreciated. . . .
    Peter

    E1 HLD2 14-54 50-200 EC-14 E500 14-45 40-150(old)

  • #2
    Hi - nice to see you here

    Even if you had formatted the card it would not have deleted the file data. The images should be recoverable - even RAW files - withe appropriate software.

    I'm not familiar with the recovery software mentioned.

    I haven't used any for some time but I did find Card Recovery worked well - this is their website:

    https://www.cardrecovery.com/

    Ian
    Founder/editor
    Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
    Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
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    • #3
      Hi Ian,

      I got nowhere with that software that a downloaded, although it took about 45 mins. to get there. I will try again with the link you sent.

      The images are one-hours stock shooting around Darlington market, some may be usable but no great loss if not. My real concern is to satisfy myself what I did wrong to ensure I do not do it again. . .

      I case you are wondering why an old bloke me with two very good Olympus bodies decided to by a Panasonic Camera, it came about like this.

      I had m4/3 lenses covering FL from 12 - 300 mm. I am often in museums, particularly NRM at York and Shildon and convinced myself that I should go wider, and I bought a Pana 7-14 f4. Lovely lens but fails the m4/3 idea of being suitable for all m4/3 cameras. It suffers from severe purple fringing on Olympus cameras but not on Panasonic. After giving it a lot of thought, I decided the cheapest way out of the problem was to buy a Panasonic body. Getting a GX80 body in near new condition was far cheaper than selling the lens and buying another.

      I rather like the GX80 for my street shooting, less conspicuous than Olympus bodies. . .

      When I get to it I will redo my signature here the existing one is about 15 years old...
      Peter

      E1 HLD2 14-54 50-200 EC-14 E500 14-45 40-150(old)

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      • #4
        It could well be a faulty or even fake memory card. There is free software available for very comprehensive testing of memory devices like USB drives and cards. I wrote an article on the subject a while ago.

        Be aware that some of the tests will wipe the card clean so make sure all your other attempts at recovery have been exhausted.

        I wrote the article focusing on fake cards but it will also determine if the card is not working properly even if it is genuine. The article is here:

        https://dpnow.com/guard-yourself-fro...-memory-cards/

        Ian

        Founder/editor
        Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
        Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
        Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
        Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)
        Twitter: www.twitter.com/ian_burley
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        • #5
          This is a site non-specific to Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds brands - so Panasonic Lumix talk is most welcome, of course. Even at https://e-group.uk.net (Our UK and Olympus-focused site) there is no problem discussing Lumix if it has some context with Olympus; many Lumix owners have Olympus lenses and vice-versa.

          Ian
          Founder/editor
          Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
          Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
          Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
          Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)
          Twitter: www.twitter.com/ian_burley
          Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/dpnow/
          Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/ianburley/

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          • #6
            Ian

            I ran the card through the cardrecovery.com site which you suggested. This was a useful exercise as it showed there was nothing wrong with the card. It had 143 images on it, the oldest from February this year.. I looked into actual recovery of the files, but they wanted to charge 35 for that so I declined. If in future I ever need to recover valuable stuff from a disc, I know where to go.

            I am now convinced that having left the menu set to "Format" I must have accidentally done just that with three accidental pushes of the menu button.

            That is what can happen with a new camera with unfamiliar menu systems.

            Live and learn. . .

            Peter
            Peter

            E1 HLD2 14-54 50-200 EC-14 E500 14-45 40-150(old)

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            • #7
              If you can set that card aside, maybe I can recover the files for you?

              Ian
              Founder/editor
              Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
              Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
              Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
              Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)
              Twitter: www.twitter.com/ian_burley
              Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/dpnow/
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