I’ve a confession to make: I’m a bit of a Scrooge and hate to throw anything out. So, what’s that got to do with digital photo recovery, you ask?

I have a Canon PowerShot A40 that I bought years (and years) ago. I bought it back when I was still running Windows XP®. The camera hooked up to the computer via USB and the OS recognized and mounted it just fine.

These days I have Window 7® on all of my computers. I love the OS, but my camera is too outdated to be recognized. And that means that if I accidentally delete photos, the camera won’t mount to recover them.

Should I lose some digital photos (and if you read my last post, you know I did), I can still recover them with a media card reader. Actually, card readers are a better way to transfer files. Just hooking it up recognizes the card and allows access. So, how to I recover my files? After all, the data is deleted, gone with the wind!  Well, when you delete a file, it’s not really gone until the space is overwritten.

Prosoft’s Klix recovery software recognizes the card in the reader so that digital pictures can be recovered. But, I also have Data Rescue 3 for PC. If you have that software, you can still recover your files. I have DRC installed because it also recovers a wide range of formats, from docs to spreadsheets.

So, here’s my suggestion. If you’re a photography buff, get Klix before you lose any photos. Serious computer users that use their computer for business should get DR 3, available for PC and Mac these utilities will help you to avoid having to use The Data Rescue Center’s data recovery services…