Liam Photography Podcast: Episode 9 – Data Recovery for Photographers

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Liam Douglas: 00:12 This is the Liam photography podcast and I’m your host Liam Douglas. And today is episode nine. I want to thank all of my listeners for subscribing, rating and reviewing and iTunes, Google play, and any other pod catchers you might be using.

Liam Douglas: 00:27 so today’s episode is data recovery for photographers, and one of the things that all photographers have to always keep in mind in the back, oh, keep it in the back of their mind, is the safety of their data. Photographers spend of a lot of time and energy working on their craft and creativity, and the last thing they want to have to worry about is the possibility of data loss. Most importantly, the images that they make with their cameras since photos or how a professional photographer makes their living, they need to safeguard their clients’ data at all costs. To this end, many photographers use multiple backups and redundancies in order to try and prevent the possibility of losing a client’s important images. Those working as wedding photographers are especially vulnerable as a complete loss of someone’s wedding images can really ruin that special day for the client. And most certainly lead to a lawsuit.

Liam Douglas: 01:26 Okay.

Liam Douglas: 01:26 In order to avoid the possibility of a lawsuit over last images, I always recommend that photographers back up all of their images and that the best move is to back them up to multiple backup systems, both locally and offsite. Whether they copy all will them to a private album in a flicker pro account or Apple’s iCloud storage or any other affordable solution. I also recommend that photographers use multiple internal onsite backups using external hard drives and Nass or network attached storage.

Liam Douglas: 02:04 Yeah.

Liam Douglas: 02:04 Even with multiple backups, a photographer can still run the risk of losing data because even though it’s fairly rare, memory cards do you fail? So what does it photographer to do if this happens, especially if the memory card fails before they can copy the images to an external storage drive, enter the software. That is the focus of this episode. Stellar is a company that makes software that is especially suited for recovering your last images. Hey, things happen. Sure. A memory card can fail due to a defect or if inadvertently or race, uh, due to exposure to a magnet, it is possible for a person to forget that they have something in their camera bag that has magnets, especially if unlike myself, you like to have her memory card reader with a builtin magnetic plate to attach it to the cover of, say, your Mac pro.

Liam Douglas: 03:00 It’s also possible in the rush to get your images move to your primary editing system to accidentally delete all of your images from the memory card before they’ve been copied onto an external hard drive. Especially I’ve working after a long day of shooting, I’m not perfect. I have accidentally deleted my raw files before moving them to my main editing system. It happens. Well, not Tory. Stellar is there to give you the chance to save the day with their stellar photo recovery software. Stellar has been in business since 1993 making software for data recovery, not only for photographers, but for anyone who has important files that had been lost due to deletion or a racing and then clearing the trash in your system. I know I personally turn off the reminder that asks if I’m certain I want to clear my recycle bin or trashcan and Macco s as it’s one less pop up that I have annoying me while I’m working over the years as someone who works in it for a living as well as being a full time professional photographer.

Liam Douglas: 04:07 I have tried numerous programs. They’re designed for data recovery and even a couple that were made for creative professionals like myself. I’m not going to mention names as I don’t want to come off as bad mouthing other programs or companies that stellar photo recovery is certainly in a class by itself using my previous recovery software, the only option I had was to do what’s called a deep scan, which is for cases where the files had been deleted by formatting the SD card, compact flash card, whatever kind of memory card you’re using and the entire scan for one of my typical memory cards can take around six hours, but it did recover the files just fine. It was just an extremely time consuming process.

Liam Douglas: 05:00 Okay.

Liam Douglas: 05:00 When I ran the same test with stellar photo recovery, the scan and recover took only 13 minutes and it recovered all of the same files without any issues.

Liam Douglas: 05:13 Okay.

Liam Douglas: 05:13 Now the other nice thing about stellar software is you have the option to perform a basic high level scan, which is much faster and generally for when the files were just deleted and the trash bin was emptied. For those of you who are not both nerds and photographers like myself, when you delete the files on a computer, the files are not actually gone. What happens instead is generally the first character of the file name gets changed to a special character, for example, such as an exclamation point. The operating system in turn stops recognizing the files, but they are not totally gone until those same sectors. The discs are overwritten with new data and even then really good recovery software such as what the FBI uses can still recover the files. One of the only real ways to totally destroy the data is using an electro magnet, but even then the files might still be able to be recovered.

Liam Douglas: 06:17 Although the possibility of that is fairly small. This is why governments and companies often had their old disk drives shredded by a special bonded external company that specializes and destroying data devices. They will actually show up at your office with a special truck and they will actually feed all of those old hard drives into a shoot on the side of that truck and they actually go through an industrial grade shredder just like you would stick a, a, an important piece of mail that has your social security number on it or something like that in a paper shredder at your home. This machine does the same thing only for hard drives. So as you can imagine, it’s a considerably more powerful a shredder being it’s shredding metal and plastic instead of just paper. Okay, so enough nerd speak. I can already tell many of your falling asleep on me or your eyes are glazing over.

Liam Douglas: 07:16 Back to stellar photo recovery. As I mentioned earlier, doing a basic or race of the files and emptying the trash and using the high level scan, their software was able to find all of my test images and recover them in about 30 seconds. Again, my previous software that I used for recovery and photos, I could not perform a basic scan, only a deep level scan. So even when it was a simple case of me deleting the files and emptying the trash can before I realized they made a mistake, I would still have to wait six hours for that scan to complete and then to finally be able to recover my files. Now the other problem is is being the software that I previously used was only capable of doing deep scans. It would not only recover, let’s say the memory card that I’m recovering was one I used for just some casual shooting at one of the local botanical gardens in Atlanta, which my girlfriend Janice and I like to visit a few times a year.

Liam Douglas: 08:18 You know, just the shoot, the flowers and the foil edge and all the other cool things that they have on display, their artwork, statues and things like that. So let’s say after out, after we’re out doing a day of shooting like that, I shot, you know, 350 images. Well then if I accidentally deleted those 350 images from my memory card, any empty the recycle, then now I’ve not only got to wait six hours to recover those 350 photos, but being that my previous data recovery software that was geared towards photography, it would not only take it six hours to run it’s deep level scan, but then it also didn’t just recover those 350 most recent images. It would actually go through and rebuild and recover every image that had ever been stored on that memory card that hadn’t, where those sectors hadn’t already been overwritten and they were completely unretractable.

Liam Douglas: 09:20 So to give you an example is I was testing my old software versus stellar, a photo recovery. I ran the scan on a 64 gigabyte memory card SD card that I have and the scan took six hours and at the end of the six hours, yeah it could recover the 350 photos that I really wanted due to my screw up. And in this case it wasn’t a screw up. I was testing doing more or less mile little quote unquote laboratory testing on this, but it would also recover anything that it could find that had ever been on that SD card. So the scan took six hours and then it came back and said it found 20 gigabytes of files and yeah, you can go through the list and pick and choose which ones you want to recover before you actually hit the recover button. But rarely, I mean, who wants to sort through, you know, possibly 10 20,000 photos that had been on that memory card at one time over the course of a year or what have you, only to just recover the most recent 350 that you wanted.

Liam Douglas: 10:26 This is why I liked the way stellar does things with their software. So getting back to my test, I deleted those 350 images and cleared the recycle bin. Now with Stellar’s photo recovery, I could run a high level scan. The scan only took about 30 seconds and the only files it retrieved where those ones that I had most recently deleted. Now the nice part is it not only stuck to specifically that most recent group of images that I had deleted and cleared out of the trash Bin, but it knows what special characters used by the operating system when those files were rewritten to make them invisible to the eos. And it was able to determine what the original starting character for the file name was. Now in this case for my canon cameras, um, on the full frame models that you can’t customize the image prefects.

Liam Douglas: 11:25 Like I can on my one dx mark too when I can on the five Dsr, I’m just like, you could on any of the five d bodies, whether it’s the mark four, three, two, one classic, whatever the case may be. Now it was able to not only find those most recent images that I had deleted, but it was able to restore the original fall names, which is extremely handy. So those 350 images, just for the sake of our example here, uh, let’s say it was an IMG underscore zero zero one two zero three 50, just to make things simple. So it found those 350 raw files with their dot [inaudible] cannon proprietary raw file extension. And then I was able to select them all, click recover, choose the destination folder and hard drive. I wanted to save them too. And within seconds, all 350 images were restored, fully intact, no issues with them.

Liam Douglas: 12:29 I was able to immediately import them and delight room and they were totally fine. I was able to go through and do any editing along to do two ohm and so on and so forth. So that’s extremely handy to have that option to either do a high level or a deep scan. And again, like I said, in this case, why would I want to wait six hours if the only option I have is a deep scan. And then on top of that, after that six hours, the soft door, my previous software is going to show me every single file that it could find that had been on that disc since I bought it, you know, a year ago or a year and a half ago. Again, like I said, when I ran the test of my previous software, it was 20 gigabytes of images. So you’re talking a lot of files, uh, you know, a lot of photos, a lot of shoots, a lot of different dates and so on and so forth.

Liam Douglas: 13:26 So why would anybody want to go through all of that hassle if you don’t have the option to choose between a high level quick scan for the most recent files that were removed from that memory card or a deep scan that’s going to recover everything as much as possible that had ever been written to that card. And to me it’s just a lot more practical. And I know to you might as listeners, it’s going to be a lot more practical, a lot more, a lot less time consuming to be able to recover just those most recent images that were inadvertently deleted. And so that’s where trying out this new software, I was immediately impressed with its capabilities. Not only can you choose between a high level and a deep scan, but the high level scan was extremely fast. And again, using the exact same SD card, 64 GIG ISD SD card, the stellar photo recovery software was able to carry out its entire deep scan and a little over 13 minutes.

Liam Douglas: 14:38 It was like 13 minutes, 37 seconds, something like that. So that’s, you know, I mean that’s crazy, crazy fast for recovery software, you know, I mean right there you can, you’ve already shaved over, you know, you shave five hours and 45 minutes plus off the, the wait time for the deep scan. And again, being I had the option of a high level or a deep scan, I can, you know, choose high level, recovered just the most recently deleted files. You know, cause I don’t care about the other stuff. All the previous stuff that had been on this memory card over the last year, year and a half, I already had those raw files. They were already stored on an external photo drive that’s attached to my Mac and so on and so forth. So that’s extremely handy and it’s a lot less time consuming so you can get back to the things that are important, like getting those files edited to get back to your client. You know the people that are paying you to take those images. So you know, this to me is just mindblowing. They, you know, it’s as different as night and day. Being able to go from a scan that takes hours to a scam that only takes a few minutes and both can accomplish the same task. They can both recover the exact same number of files, just one software. Stellar can do it a heck of a lot faster.

Liam Douglas: 16:01 Okay.

Liam Douglas: 16:02 Now after all of my testing, I can definitely highly recommend stellar photo recovery to all of my listeners out there as the goto software for anyone that needs to recover their audio video or photo files because even though it’s called stellar photo recovery and actually does all three types of files, audio, video, as well as still photos. So it’s handy for a lot of creative professionals out there and I’m especially pleased that stellar software is geared more toward creatives than anyone else, as none of us wants to have the recovery software that we’re using scanning for every single type of file that’s ever been on that drive, you know, whether it’s a SD card or you’re trying to recover lost photos that were stored on a hard drive, whatever the K or a thumb drive, USB stick, whatever the case may be. So to be able to immediately pair the scan down to only audio, video and stills, and you can turn those options on and off.

Liam Douglas: 17:08 So when you launched the software, you’re presented with a window, then asks you do you want to stand for audio, video and photos, all three. And if not, in my case, I was testing only for photos. Initially I turned off audio and video files and just let the photo part turned on. And then when I tested it for video follows, because I did test it for that as well, I did the same thing. I turned off the other two options and had it only scan for a video files. And the same with audio files. So I did test it with all three types of files. And their software by default supports all the most popular file types, whether it’s a CRT, raw file, or Nikons raw file, which off the top of my head, I don’t honestly remember what their all file extension is. I believe for Sony Cameras, it’s dot ar w or something to that effect.

Liam Douglas: 18:01 And I’m not sure what food Jesus, but my point is it supports all of the camera manufacturers per commentary, raw file extensions up to the most current, the most recent stuff, but it’s not totally all inclusive. So the one thing that I did run into during my testing is I discovered that the software does not recognize the three raw files from my Canon Eos are that I just bought a couple of weeks ago or a few weeks ago. So I reached out to the company and I said, Hey, I’m your software. It doesn’t seem to support these new CR three Canon raw files, which are not only using a different extension but for Canon. They’re using a totally different CODEC as well. And they re replied back to me and said, hey, could you do us a favor, could you make an image file of one of your memory cards and send that image file to our secure FTP server along with 10 to 15 Raul files so that we can analyze them and create an update for our software.

Liam Douglas: 19:10 So then in the near future it will support this new model cameras, new raw type, raw, raw file type. And I was more than happy to do that, to help them out. I mean they helped me out a lot with how fast and effortless their software is to use and, and get me back to doing what I like to do, which is either shooting or editing, you know, instead of wasting all day, you know, on a scan to, to recover the most recent files. So I thought that was really awesome that their support team was very responsive to my concern. And like I said, I was doing this as a test. I was testing the software so I didn’t have any mission critical [inaudible] Ralph files from my ios that I absolutely needed to get back for a client or something like that. And I’m kind of glad that I went ahead and did this test with the Ios are raw files before I went out and used it for a paying client.

Liam Douglas: 20:08 So since I know that not only, and I’m not picking on stellar, their software doesn’t support the CR three raw files, neither does the software that I was previously using. It doesn’t currently have support for the Esr raw files either. And as somebody that’s worked in it for a long time and my computer science degree, I specialized in programming or development of software. I know that it’s totally common for a software program to not immediately have support for the latest things that are put on the market by other companies. So I wasn’t extremely upset that it didn’t support the CR three raw files because the [inaudible] only been out for about four months. So I understand that there’s a certain amount of time, you know there’s a, there’s a a game of ketchup that has to happen, so can and releases the Eeo Sar. And now the RP Nikon releases the z six and c seven and I guarantee Nikon did the same thing.

Liam Douglas: 21:08 I’m not an icon shooter so I can’t tell you this as gospel, but generally anytime a Kenyan camera manufacturer comes out with a new platform, they’re going to update the roll file that they use. They’re going to come out with a new version of the raw file that uses different codecs and stuff like that. And that’s what that new cameras platform is going to use now be in Canon. And Nikon previously hadn’t done much in the way a mirrorless cannon did have a couple of a PSC mirrorless cameras, but I believe those were still using the CR two raw file format. And then when Canon and Nikon made the decision, when they released at the end of 2018 there are new full frame mirrorless cameras that’s only common for them to come out with a new raw file format with these new codex. So I wasn’t going to knock stellar for not immediately supporting a new raw file format that’s probably only been out there for a few months. You know, a lot of times the software companies, they can’t get their hands on samples of the new raw files ahead of time from the manufacturer. So the best they can do

Liam Douglas: 22:19 is either by the camera themselves to get sample raw files to use or they reach out to their existing customers. You know, when a customer like me and contacts them and says, Hey, I was doing some testing with your software, it seems to work really great. It works with all of my 10 and cameras that I currently own except my new ios are, which has a new file for a raw file format. They were like, Hey, let’s work with you, provide us with some samples and we’ll get cracking on, you know, work on and update that we can release in the near future so that our software does support those new raw files and that’s the mark of a good company when it comes to software, especially if they’re that responsive to your query about a new camera and support for a new cameras, new role of files, that’s always a good thing. Anytime that a company is willing to go the extra mile to get you that new file format support as quickly as possible, that’s the mark of a quality software vendor.

Speaker 3: 23:26 So

Liam Douglas: 23:28 after all of this,

Liam Douglas: 23:31 I definitely want to recommend stellar photo recovery to all of my listeners as the goto software for recovering your photos, videos, and audio files. It does a fantastic job with all three of those types of files. It’s quick, it’s a great process. It’s very streamlined. You’re not going to waste a lot of your precious time because time’s valuable to everybody. You’re not going to waste a lot of that valuable time. You know, messing around with the other software programs that do the same thing that are currently out there on the market so you can get more done and get back to the things that are important to you. So I’m going to wrap up this episode. I want to thank everybody again for listening and I have a special treat for you there. After talking to one of the VPS, it stellar. He is offering all of my listeners a 10 day period where you can download the premium edition of their software because they offer a basic, uh, mid range edition and the premium edition, which is their top of the line.

Liam Douglas: 24:37 And for the next 10 days you can get the top of the line version of their software, the premium for only $60, which is a fan tastic price for this software. The other great thing about the premium edition that the basic that I was testing out doesn’t have is the premium edition can also repair corrupted files, audio, video especially. So if you have files that got corrupted due to a card failure or partial card failure and you were able to successfully copy the files off the failing memory card to a hard drive or whatever, but then when you go to open them in your editing software to edit them, you’re editing software comes back and says, I can’t do anything with these files. They seem to be corrupted will no worries because stellar photo recoveries, premium edition can go through those files and recover not only the original file, it can repair them, but it will even restore the original thumbnail image.

Liam Douglas: 25:44 Now to me, that’s the icing on the cake, so if you want to get your hands on a copy of stellar photo recovery premium edition while this sale is going on and I highly recommend it, check out the links in the description of this podcast. You can also find the links on this podcast website, which is Liam photography, and I want to thank all of my listeners again for subscribing, rating and reviewing. You can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram as Liam photo ATL on both platforms and you can find me on Facebook under Liam photography and the forgotten pieces of Georgia. I want to thank everybody again for their time. Have a wonderful day and we’ll see you again in episode 10.