If you are a fan of Olympus like me (I own an Olympus camera and a voice recorder), you've probably experienced once, if not several times, that you couldn't find the data you want.
This may happen when you accidentally deleted some precious pictures of a family reunion or your child's ballet recital, or the xD picture card got formatted or corrupted — leaving all your videos or recordings inaccessible.
I actually suffered from that. One day, I was downloading the photos of my bird-watching vacation in Texas when I hit the wrong command and all of my precious vacation snapshots suddenly disappeared without a trace.
Fortunately, after I got over the shock, I was able to recover the pics myself without sending the camera to the local shop. And all of my photos of Altamira orioles, buff-bellied hummingbirds, and hook-billed kites re-appeared as if by magic.
Today, I'm going to share with you what I learned in this Olympus digital photo recovery tutorial, with the help of a software program.
Here is a quick checklist of the items you may need.
Once you are ready, follow the tips and step-by-step tutorial outlined below. Please note: the screenshots you see below may be a bit different, depending on the Olympus device or computer you use.
First things first: your Olympus digital device is usually equipped with a media card (xD or SD). The moment you find some of your files are lost or inaccessible, it's highly recommend that you immediately stop using the device and the card. Do not take new photographs or record additional video or audio clips. Also don't save new items or transfer data to the card as all these actions can decrease your chances of recovering the stuff you want.
Pro tip: If you've already opened the software before connecting the card to your computer, just hit the refresh drive button in the lower left corner to commence scanning.
Your last step is to select which you want to restore and click "Recover" to save them. Note: you'll be prompted to purchase a license, which is quite affordable compared to the value of your lost items.
I hope you found this Olympus media recovery tutorial useful. These three easy steps helped me get my accidentally deleted photos back, and I believe they can help you as well.
If you have any questions or some pro tips of your own, feel free to leave a comment.
Update: the tips and guide above can be used to retrieve lost images (including ORF raw), videos, audio files from all types of Olympus devices (as long as they use flash card to store data) including, but limited to, a digital camera, (whether it is an interchangeable lens camera — OM-D, PEN, AIR, etc; Or a point and shoot camera — TG, SH, Stylus, etc.) and an LS-20M HD Video/Audio Recorder. Most of the time those lost pics, videos, and audio files can be recovered, provided that your Olympus card is in good shape.
Eric is a writer, photographer and motivational speaker who's also passionate about music. He is an Olympus guy who carries both a camera and a voice recorder.