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PEF Recovery Software (disappointments)
Posted By: bdparker, 03-21-2012, 03:53 AM

OK so I made the mistake of editing some photos directly from my SD card, and was dumping images that were unacceptable and got a little carried away and deleted an image I needed.....

So I did my research around the forums and decided to try my luck... first I tried Recuva and sure it look like it worked (nice thumbnail image of the PEF file) but when I went to edit it, it was garbled trash of several stacked images..... I'll come back to questions on how other people do it with 100% sucess...

then i moved on to try REF Recovery which is actually Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery..... Will after much hype from their website and the proverbial "try it free" I did.... after several hours of deep scanning, their software came back telling me it had successfully recovered all my photos (even those at least 7 formats ago from the start of the year). I was impressed.. so I went looking through my directories for my photos (I changed the selection to only the three I wanted) and couldn't find them... Looking at the dialogue box which was still open, it tells me to press next to complete the recovery and it now tells me that i really want my photo "I HAVE TO PAY FOR THE SOFTWARE" $39.00 US thank you.

Well I too a leap of faith, think i was on a roll (since it claimed to be a 100% Pentax PEF recovery utility) and purchased it. And guess what.... the same garbled unusable photos appear. what a wast of money.

So I sent a complaint to the shopping cart provider asking for a full refund... and today I received my refund in full

Back to my question, what software as anybody and 'Fully Editable' success with recovering PEF files???
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