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your digital photographs? - You need ImageRecall 3
carefully framed the shot. You squeezed the shutter
gently, and watched for the green light, to ensure that
the auto-focus had captured the subject. You viewed the
resulting image on your digital camera's tiny screen to
ensure that you had obtained a perfect result. Finally,
after taking a series of award-winning photographs, you
packed up the camera, drove home, and loaded the flash
memory card into the reader slot of your desktop
computer. Everything is perfect except for the
on-screen message The card contains no
images and your response - *&#!@!!!
Looks like you are in need of a little help in the data
recovery department and ImageRecall3 may be just
what you are looking for. This little utility package has
a one-track mind when it comes to such recovery
operations, scanning through the unreadable
memory device, finding the missing files, and recovering
them to your computer's hard disk.
The program can be purchased and downloaded on-line, or
ordered on CD-ROM together with a full-colour,
installation and user manual. The instructions in the
latter are clear and precise, and require just ten pages
in a miniature handbook, that includes detailed
screenshots illustrating the various steps in the file
recovery process and the associated options.
The software is very versatile and can be used on any
media, including digital camera memory cards, USB memory
keys, and even computer hard drives! Installation is
quick and easy. Running the program produces a simple
menu panel with the main program controls and a number of
optional command icons.
The basic file recovery option merely requires selecting
the drive letter of the memory card from a drop-down
list, and pressing the Recover lost files
button. The program goes into a turbo-scan mode, displays
a preview of each image as it is retrieved, and lists the
total number of files that have been recovered. If you
don't think that all of the files have been successfully
recovered, there is a further option to run a deep-scan
The program will let you view the recovered files and
builds a set of thumbnails for display in an on-screen
viewer. While the program will recover all types of
files, only image files can be displayed in the thumbnail
viewer. For other recovered items, a number of icons are
used to denote various types of sound, movie and data
By default, the recovered files are stored in My
Documents\My Recovered Files\ in the sub-directories
TurboScan and DeepScan; however, the output directory can
be customized through one of the program's options.
Additional options allow you to burn the recovered files
to a CD, or to clear the directory of recovered files
prior to re-running the program. There is also an option
to securely erase a memory card by writing zeros to every
Since the deep-scanning process is very thorough, and
because the program can be run on large hard drives, one
of the options allows you to limit the types of files
that are to be recovered so that, for example, only .JPG
images would be retrieved.
Another option allows you to backup a memory card by
taking a snapshot of its contents, this being stored as a
.IR3 file in the Program Files\FlashFixers\ImageRecall 3\
directory. An associated option allows this file to be
written back to the memory card so restoring the card's
contents. The user's manual suggests that this would
allow the card to be reformatted for immediate further
use, with file recovery to be conducted at a later time.
The software can be purchased on-line from the
FlashFixers' web site; however, an even better offer is
to download the free trial version. The latter is a
fully-functional version of the program with the
limitation that it will only recover the first ten images
from a memory card. Purchasing the full version allows
unlimited image and data recoveries. And, if this still
doesn't work, FlashFixers offer their extensive
laboratory recovery services, and will discount the cost
by the price of the software.
Proprietary (US$ 39.95)
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