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"If you're a professional photographer, performing backups and handling data in the best possible way are absolutely crucial," says Ruben. "Your project and your income depend on it."
Ruben notes, however, that recorded media, including storage cards, rarely fail, and suggests that misplaced media and accidental deletion are more commonplace. He points out that prevention is better than cure. "Pay attention to backups," he advises. "SSDs are perfect for offloading content when coming off a shoot, ideally twice so you have two backups."
Even if the unthinkable should happen, all may not be lost. There are several software packages available to help with photo recovery, such as RescuePRO® Deluxe, provided with SanDisk Extreme PRO cards. "It's data recovery software that gives you a fair chance of recovering lost files," says Ruben. "If you deleted images or videos by mistake using your camera or a card reader, the chances are pretty high of recovering them." That's because data is not erased as soon as you delete it; as long as you don't panic and don't save anything new to the card, which could overwrite the data you want, there's a chance it can be recovered, although of course there's no guarantee that any or all of the lost data will be retrieved.
Richard agrees. "Working mainly on location, I'm more afraid of losing cards than cards becoming corrupted," he says. His advice is to think through your workflow and devote time to safeguarding your images and backing up media. A sound image storage routine can avoid any need for photo recovery later.
"Take it seriously," Richard concludes. "Invest time in your own workflow and make use of up-to-date technologies. Then, the chances of something going wrong are reduced to almost zero."