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    Hi all, I've been trying all night (and day) to retrieve a deleted .mov file from a 5D MKII camera but have been unsuccessful, expect with CardRecovery, but for some reason it converted the movie file into an unplayable .asf file format.

    I can't be sure if there are similar forum threads to this issue, if there is, kindly direct me there! If not, does anyone have a recommendation of a good video data recovery software to recommend? Most of the programs I have tried recovered photographs properly, just not the video!

    Or, if there is a reasonably priced data recovery service to recommend... I'm open to that too, at this point in time!

    Any help at all would be very much appreciated!

    Thank you!

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    What applications have you tried to play the .asf file? Have you tried mplayer or vlc?

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    2evans> yes, I tried vlc media player and avidemux... both could not recognise the .asf file

    interestingly, i realised all the data recovery programmes i have tried only pulled out jpeg photographs - photos that were deleted and/or formatted with the card at an even earlier time than when the videos were shot, even though the software states other video formats can be retrieved, or have available the option to choose file extensions etc...! So i'm wondering, if there is a specific data recovery programme to use that will be able to restore .mov files?

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    Have you tried this software?
    http://www.piriform.com/recuva
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    Default Re: .MOV file recovery from CF Card on 5D MKII?

    Try this:
    http://runtime.org/

    Used it to recover portable HDD, SD Card (getdataback FAT) and PC hard disk (GetdatabackNTFS)
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    Default Re: .MOV file recovery from CF Card on 5D MKII?

    U can try RecoverMyFiles @http://www.pcperformancetools.com/recovermyfiles.htm FREE

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    I tried more than 5 software the last time this happened to me. In the end, its this software that does the job. u may want to give it a try.

    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

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    You can use Remo Recover (Windows)- Basic Edition software to recover accidentally deleted files. It can recover image files, audio files, video files, etc. The software has the capacity to recover photos from corrupted memory card as well.The software can recover files from different storage devices like hard drive, external hard drive, memory card, FireWire drive, etc. You can download and install demo version of the software in your system to evaluate chances of recovery.

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    Hm... My experience with such issue goes like this:
    1. Don't write anything into that card, not even 1 byte of data.
    2. Go get free undelete programs (any and all, preferably more than one).
    3. Find one that is able to retrieve a file of roughly the right size (don't need to have the right format or name).
    4. Rename that file and add the format attachment (.xxx) manually then try opening it.
    5. Hope for the best.

    I've recovered countless photos from deletion & corruption using this method. However, I've never tried that with video which involve problems like codec and etc. Hope that helps.

    PS: However, while saving my photos, I've seen video files turning up before. And with the right format attachment, they can be played.

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    Default Re: .MOV file recovery from CF Card on 5D MKII?

    Quote Originally Posted by olibia View Post
    Hi all, I've been trying all night (and day) to retrieve a deleted .mov file from a 5D MKII camera but have been unsuccessful, expect with CardRecovery, but for some reason it converted the movie file into an unplayable .asf file format.
    File recovery is independent from any file type or application. Do not try to use recovery software that claims to recover specific files, it's marketing gibberish. The recovery process should bring out the file as it is on the card, in it's original form and data content, without any conversion.
    Try to rename the file back to .mov or use the recovery software products as recommended here by others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    File recovery is independent from any file type or application. Do not try to use recovery software that claims to recover specific files, it's marketing gibberish. The recovery process should bring out the file as it is on the card, in it's original form and data content, without any conversion.
    Try to rename the file back to .mov or use the recovery software products as recommended here by others.
    Hm... However, it is not impossible to derive the right format through the content & markings of the data contained. Anyway, I'm no computer genius. I suggest attempting all methods!

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    Quote Originally Posted by area0404 View Post
    Hm... However, it is not impossible to derive the right format through the content & markings of the data contained. Anyway, I'm no computer genius. I suggest attempting all methods!
    Erm.. extension != data format
    We all know Windows is bloody stupid and determines data types and respective applications by looking at 3 or 4 letters of extension. So if you recover a file where you know it has been (let's say) .jpg on the card and the recovery software and / or Windows now stores it as .bmp on your local HDD then we know it's plain silly. (Just compare the file size for reference. BMP is much bigger.) No recovery software should ever bother with the content of the file! That's the job of application specific recovery tools. So if you know that the file on card was .mov then whatever has been recovered must also be .mov. Simply rename it accordingly. But make sure you enable 'Show file extensions for known file types' in the settings of your Windows Explorer. Otherwise you will not achieve anything.
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    It seems confusing at what level of recovery are we talking about here.

    There is a few confusion or perhaps probable misconception.

    First, recovery of files doesn't necessary has to recover to the correct file type although that is actually possible by inspecting the first few to hundred bytes of the file. In unix, there is a utility called magic that will help to discover the type of the file. Pretty extensive though not exhaustive.

    Now even without full recovery to exact file name and file type, as long as the recovery can recover the whole file, the next step can be guessing by putting a right file type and let the opening application figure it out. At most just crash the application should it assume a file type but while opening the file, the parsing routine screw up.

    Having said that, when attempting to recover files, unless you are talking about a general media such as a hard disk used to store all kinds of data, if not, you probably already knows what you are recovering, then the guessing work is narrowed down into more specific file types.

    As far as recovery is concern, the first few step is stepping thru file system meta data to recover a file. Having not a lot of popularly used file system, this step is quite accurate as long as the file system is intact. You can often even recover most of the filesystem as long as the structure is not overwritten. This step is very much automated.

    Worse is to recover using fragments of the filesystem without the file allocation table or root of the filesystem, then it will be parsing for beginning of each file which is less probable to recover but not impossible. Unless the filesystem is encrypted, if not simple string matching for filenames or file attributes are possible.

    If worse to come, next is searching for file headers. This is more file type specific and hence will require recovery software to be written specific to the type of files it can parse and recover. Common images files for example JPEG GIF BMP TIFF have very specific file headers for easy recognition. Even files like MS word, rtf excel, and so forth are easy to decipher. Plain text file will be very hard to seek for boundary.
    Since a lot of the file types have open file structure documentation or at least reversed engineered information, this process is seemingly not as difficult.

    I hope this explain well.
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