[B] Stop trying anything else and get this free program::)[/B]
For hd mt2s on my panasonic lumix tz7, (my laptop had been back to HP for repair, new motherboard and usb port and lcd screen all replaced) ( out of warrantee ) cardreader didnt recognize my card it when I got it back and it for some reason wiped everything on it ( 16gb transcend sdhc class 6 )
I tried free version of ‘recuva’ while good it only finds jpg and mov and wmv etc, also tried my bought ‘badcopypro’ again it didnt find any mt2s, after a week I gave up and reluctantly formatted my card with the camera to avoid any further problems taking new photos and videos. While doing a search later I came across this post and thought well may as well give it another try, I gave up on first two go’s as seemed a bit complicated, I went back and followed his instructions and tried again, I was absolutely amazed it found everything that I had taken right back to 5 months ago ( so much for formatting in camera to destroy old photos and vids eh ) thank you thank you 'userkey; whoever you are, I have back baby vids that I thought were gone for ever.
Follow the details in this post, stick with it as it works fantasic and is pretty quick, watch your lost mt2s files appear before your very eyes.
[QUOTE=uSerKey;2235201]One step at a time.
Was the zip file you downloaded named testdisk-6.10.win.zip ?
If so, that is the right file.
These programs TestDisk and PhotoRec [B]don’t have an installer[/B]. They run directly by double-clicking the executable file.
Extract the contents of the downloaded zip file above. The folder will be named:
[B]testdisk-6.10[/B]. You can extract it anywhere on your system, like your desktop for example.
Inside this folder is another folder named: [B]win[/B]
Inside the win folder is a file named:
[I](On your PC the file extension [B].exe[/B] may or may not be shown.)[/I]
This is the executable file you want to run by double-clicking.
Perhaps first insert your memory card into the PC and remove any CDs from the optical drive.
Then you run photorec_win —it will scan the drives on your PC and a black window will open giving some info on the program followed by a list of the drives connected to your PC. This should include the memory card as well. Check to make sure the capacity of the card shown in list matches the capacity of your card.
Using the up/down arrow keys on your keyboard [I]select[/I] the drive which is your memory card.
Then hit the Enter key on your board and the program will “[I]Proceed[/I]” to:
A black window asking for the partition type on your card.
This is most likely “Ãntel/PC partition”, but it will depend on the hardware you are using. Make your selection using the arrow keys again and press Enter.
Now a third black window will open giving the format information on your card.
This is probably FAT32, but it could be FAT16 or NTFS as well, depending on who formatted the card. But at the bottom of this window four choices are given:
- [B]Quit[/B] is obvious–it will exit back to the previous window.
- [B]Search[/B] is obvious–it will begin the procedure to start the recovery search.
- [B]File Opt[/B]–allows you to choose which file extensions are to be searched, you can enter this if you want to narrow the search down by selecting which extension you want to recover, before pressing the Search option.
- [B]Options[/B]–Some advanced options, you probably don’t need to change anything here.
Once you’rÃ© ready to begin the attempted file recovery select the [B]Search[/B] option and press Enter. Another window will open asking about the files system type:
You probably want to choose “Other”, which includes FAT, NTFS, HFS, ReiserFS…
Yet another window will open asking if you want to recover files from
Free Space or
Free Space means files in unallocated space on the card, like files mistakenly deleted.
Whole means all space on the card, whether allocated or unallocated.
Make a choice then press Enter.
Now the last window will open, pretty much asking you where on your PC you want the recovered files to be saved. I recommend just press [B]Y[/B] and they will be saved to the [B]testdisk-6.10/win folder[/B].
Once you press Y, it will begin the recovery and save the files found to a new folder named something like [B]recup_dir.1[/B] in the above win folder. Also, the recovered files will probably have strange names but should have the correct file extension, in your case [B].m2t[/B] or [B].m2ts[/B]
It make take some time to complete the search for files, depending on the size of the card and the number and size of the files to be recovered.
Using TestDisk is similar to PhotoRec, (same-same but different.)
I may have made the software sound complicated to use, but it is really quite simple in actuality.:)[/QUOTE]