Various family events, festival performances, winter or summer holidays – all of these are the occasions to take some memorable pictures. All amateur photographers take their cameras along to capture the memory of joyous celebrations. Nowadays, they use digital cameras for their purposes. Today a digital camera is no longer a hard-to-find novelty or an expensive state-of-the-art gadget, and it is extensively used by everyone who needs to take a picture or two.

Storing Photographs in the Digital Age


Loss of digital photographsndoubtedly, many digital cameras are used as a necessary festival item and at the same time as a digital device for storing photographs (at least, for some time).

Along with cameras, digital media is often stored on such digital items as MP3 players, mobile phones, smartphones and tablet PCs which makes memory cards, flash drives and all kinds of miniature drives the devices that people have come to trust.

However, as well as computers, digital media may suffer from failures and your information may become unavailable. If you faced such a problem and think your precious photographs are lost forever, don’t panic. Applications by Hetman Software can really help you.

Today there are many types of digital media available in a widest range of capacity from tiny 4 GB memory cards supplied with cheaper cameras and smartphones to large 64 Gb and sometimes even 128 GB items. The most popular format of memory cards is probably SD and MicroSD, developed in 1999 by PanasonicSanDisk and Toshiba on the basis of MMC card type. SD and MicroSD memory cards are based on semiconductor technology flash memory capable of storing text, audio, video and pictures on flash chips. A flash chip is solid state and nonvolatile (energy independent) which means it contains no moving parts and does not require energy to store your data. These qualities make this format a reliable way of data storage that suits perfectly all kinds of portable digital devices because it ensures better data protection than drives with moving parts.

Compact Flash are Memory Sticks are also popular memory card formats developed by SanDisk Corporation and Sony, respectively. Compact Flash is a very fast card but is design is rather inefficient – it is the largest memory card in the mass market. Sony Memory Stick is a dominating format for all Sony items. It is widely used in digital cameras and pocket PCs. Memory Stick is also used in products by other manufacturers, primarily in Konica items. Both formats are very small and have no moving parts to suffer from any mechanical problems, which is an ideal solution for active use and data transfer between digital devices.

Regardless of whether you choose to use all of these formats or one of those currently available in the market (MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital, XD Picture Card, Mini CD-R / CD-RW), the point is that nowadays people have to entrust their pictures to new devices which, though far more reliable than roll-film cameras, still may have their own specific problems. Instead of a damaged or light-stricken roll of film, now one may have to deal with damaged data and hardware failures.

Most portable digital media are formatted with the FAT file system. When this file system is damaged, the device using a memory card will not be able to find the data, so the saved data will be lost. Even the data is still physically there on the memory card, it will not be available.

What can cause damage to the file system? A power failure or removing a card from the active device – these are typical situations when the file system may lose contact with the data. Hardware failures may take place when a data storage item is damaged physically and cannot come into contact with the device reading the data. It usually happens because of accidental damage or rough treatment of digital media.

In any case you should remember that it is always possible to restore your data. Although data recovery companies usually deal with individual customers’ hard drives or servers of large businesses, they still have opportunities and equipment to work with all kinds of information-carrying media. Using special methodology to determine critical data to restore the file systems, engineers use special tools in their data restoration laboratories in order to find the lost data and restore damaged equipment.

From multi-terabyte systems to tiny flash drives, Hetman Software is a leading company in the field of successful data recovery, constantly offering innovative solutions to bring your data back.

So feel free to use your digital camera or another device containing a data storage item, and remember that data recovery applications by Hetman Software are always there to help you in case of any failures or loss of data for any other reason. Should such problems ever happen, you can use our tools, depending on the file type or type of medium: Hetman Photo Recovery (for recovery of photographs) and Hetman FAT Recovery (for recovery of files in any format from removable media).

As a company engaged in development of software to recover your data, in any format from any media, that has become unavailable for any reason, Hetman Software guarantees safety of your photographs and makes sure your brightest memories will always be there.