I have a Nikon D3100 SLR camera. Recently bought a new SDHC card but forgot to format it before using, so all photos wen to camera internal memory. I only realised this when we went to upload on the computer and said no images, but when the card was out of the camera we saw the images. We then formatted the SDHC card whilst in the camera and now have no images at all. We have downloaded the Nikon recommended recovery software, but it does not find the device only the hard drives - can anyone help, these were photos from my daughters first Army Cadet trip :( Thanks in advance
The D3100 has a "demo mode" which is mainly there so prospective buyers in shops can snap pictures and review them without having to insert cards.
Page 147 of the manual says:
Selecting "Enable release" allows the shutter to be released when no memory card is inserted, although no pictures will be recorded (they will however be displayed in the monitor in demo mode).
How my Nikon D90 works:
- with no memory card in, take a picture, you can review in the LCD
- switch camera off and back on, image is still there
- insert a card, and the camera displays "no images" and the demo image is gone
- remove the card, image gone
So based on that, you probably never had any chance of getting those images back, but once you insert a formatted card, the camera has no need of storing "demo" images and they are gone.
Do not format again or write anything to the card! This will only make recovery either more difficult or not possible at all.
1) There are many data recovery utilities available online. Be sure to download them through a reputable source such as download.com. You can search by OS and several other categories. You will probably find a utility that specializes in recovering photo files easier to use.
2) I've had good results with Piriform's Recuva in the past. It will see a Canon .cr2 file as a TIFF. Once I change the file extensions to .cr2, the images will open using any .cr2 compatible RAW convertor. I'm not sure how Recuva would see a Nikon .nef file. If your camera was recording to JPEG it should see them as such. It should also recover the JPEG thumbnail as a separate file. Recovering those would be better than nothing.
3) Use a card reader, rather than the camera, to allow your computer to access the card. It may take several hours for the program to complete the scan of your card.
There are many other data recovery programs discussed at How can I recover deleted photos from an SD Card?
i have gone through this same fix once . The camera's demo mode saves its image to its internal storage.(not more than 10 photos)...... formatting or not formatting the memory card has no effect on the retrieval of the images. When you turn off the camera the images are lost forever.there is no scope of recovery. however i don not know if it is possible if the camera has not been turned off(which i suspect stands a very slim chance) by connecting the camera directly via a data cable to your computer and trying ...... i am very unfortunate to inform you that the pictures cannot be saved....
being it an important event ,it is an equally important tip to be learnt.