i have a serious problem attempting to undelete movies (and photos) from my movie camera. i have used google (trying to find suggestions/help) extensively to no avail.
history - i have over 10 years of experience with digital camera imports to my desktop. for my convenience (not so convenient today), i have always selected ‘delete after importing’. it worked fine on 7-8 different computers and 7-8 different cameras over those 10 years, including the current one. but not this time. the import appeared to work, but no pictures or movies were to be found on my hard drive. sure enough, the ‘delete after import’ worked just fine. so, i started looking to undelete.
the camera is an oregon scientific atc9k hd all terrain waterproof video action camera with a 32gb mini-sandisk card.
i found some online software to perform the undelete for ‘free’. i looked at http://ntfsundelete.com/ . it looked promising, but it proved to not be free and i wanted to focus on that route. i then found others that all said they would perform the undelete.
this appeared to recover my photos reasonably well, but all movies that were recovered failed. when trying to play on wmp, i get an error message “windows media player encountered a problem while trying to play the file. when i play on itunes, itunes crashes, no error message.
with this my movies all appear to be recovered, but when playing on wmp, i get the whole duration of the movie with a completely black screen - no sound, no images. when i attempt to ‘open with’ itunes, i get a trip to the itunes store, but nothing plays. if i import the movie into my library and then attempt to play it, itunes plays static and a single frame of the movie for 1-2 seconds and then itunes crashes.
also with this my movies all appear to be recovered, but when playing on wmp, i get the whole duration of the movie with a completely black screen - no sound, no images. when i attempt to play on itunes, i get a trip to the itunes store, but nothing plays. if i import the movie into my library and then attempt to play it, itunes plays static and a single frame of the movie for 1-2 seconds and then itunes crashes.
same results. many photos restored, but about half were partials. all movies that were restored play black screens (for the original duration of the movie clip, just no sound and no picture).
i keep thinking i am close to getting my movies recovered, but perhaps i am merely delusional. do i need to try a different undelete? try a different program to play the movies? find a program to manipulate the movies (repair the recovered file) such that they can then be played? should i search harder on my hard drive to find the imports that mysteriously disappeared?
since nothing has been done with the camera since the import performed the delete function, i am surprised that i am having so much difficulty with the undelete. that is, nothing has been written on the memory card.
i would attach a copy of an unsuccessful movie undelete, but even the small movies are 2mb+, some are even 633mb, but none small enough for the 1.95mb limit.