Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 09:57 AM
I used my NEXTO hard drive to make one copy of the images, and was using Lightroom (then in it's highly unstable 1.0 incarnation) on my laptop to process a second copy of the images. The Fujitsu P7010 I was using didn't have enough CPU power to process RAW images very easily, so I didn't get through more than a fraction of the 1500+ images I ended up shooting. So I had two sets of data, one set partially processed. When I came home I began testing DxO Optics Pro 4, using a third copy of the data (it seemed like a good idea at the time). Then I went back to Lightroom...and back to DxO...and ended up getting a little confused about which data set was which, and abandoned the project for a good six months because it was giving me a headache. This past weekend I decided to fight my way through it and began a careful process of comparing, filtering (Vista's great search tools were a lifesaver!), and moving my photos around in preparation for processing using Lightroom. Somewhere along the way, however, I managed to lose a whole day of photos - and it happened to be at the Hawaiian Cultural Center, where I snapped about 500 frames. Not the kind of thing you wanted to lose.
I'd since deleted everything off the NEXTO hard drive, but since it was my original source of all the images, I felt it had the best chance of having the images I needed. So I fired up PhotoRescue 3.0...and remembered that it didn't work with hard drives. I tried a couple of freeware undelete programs I had, but they either lacked file-based filtering, or lacked batch extraction and were designed for file-by-file restoration. I then tried three different commercial programs, two of which found nothing on my NEXTO hard drive. Getting a little desperate at this point, I checked the PhotoRescue Web site and noticed that version 3.1 was released - and it had support for hard drives! I ran it and within minutes it found 8693 images - I restored them all to my local hard drive, did some filtering/sorting, and I have all my missing images back. Like I said, PhotoRescue is a life saver, and very much worth the $29 asking price.