THE Canon Camera Setting That Can Save Your Career
Can this camera setting save your career? Well it sort of did for me.
A few years ago I unfortunately had my computer hard drive crash. I have a rigid backup process for photos, so I went into my data recovery process to finish my editing of a recent event at the time, but the photos weren't there. They weren't on my Seagate Backup plus, they weren't on my Passports.....nothing.
This led me to going through my memory cards to possibly recover them. It was during this process I notice something peculiar about how different data recovery software would go about their searches. They would go by FILE NAME rather than chronological so they would find "Image 001" and then 002, 3, 4 and so on.
I noticed that the images would be from one event up to a certain image and then be from a prior event.....regardless of any formatting process.
You see, when you format a memory card, you aren't deleting the images but simply moving them. They still RETAIN their file names, UNTIL the file name is replaced by a new image. Here is where this camera setting can save your career by preventing potential data loss.
Every camera in the menu settings gives us photographers the option to save our images in a continuous file naming mode or a reset mode
CONTINUOUS mode means that images are always named in order, even after formatting, so if the last photo we took was image 1, the next photo we take is named image 2. In RESET mode, the next image taken after formatting the disk will be named Image 1.
RESET mode means you have a far greater chance of over writing your data and sata recovery not being able to locate your lost images. Therefore a CONTINUOUS file naming mode is strongly suggested as then you would have to hit image 9999 before risking data being overwritten.
I hope this tweak helps you if you ever find youself having to do data recovery on a memory card