Use photorec to recover deleted images from digital camera internal memory gphoto2

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Use photorec to recover deleted images from digital camera internal memory gphoto2

#1 Post by pcarqefa »

Trying to see if photorec can help me here but not having any luck. I plugged an old digital camera in to see what photos I could recover off it. photorec doesn't see it as a drive. it mounts as a camera where i can see a file folder of the storage, appears to go to /run/user/1000/gvfs/
Is there a way to point photorec just at that to scan the internal memory of the digital camera to recover photos? Or is there some other way to do it via linux?

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#2 Post by recuperation »

Remove the storage from your camera and put it into a card reader. If that fails under Windows use Linux.

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#3 Post by pcarqefa »

I don't think you can remove the internal storage to a digital camera, can you? I'm talking about the built-in storage of the camera itself, not like a SD card you pop in and out of the camera easily to put into a card reader.

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#4 Post by recuperation »

Got it, thank you!

I have a Garmin GPS 60CSX device. If I connect it to my computer running Windows XP it is just connected. If I set it to storage device in the Garmin Menu, the device exposes the MicroSD-card as a storage device towards Windows. It does not expose it's own memory, though.

In your case I would try out if your camera behaves differently under linux. I don't think so, but would like to rule out that this option is available.
You would need a trick to make you camera expose it's memory - if that is possible at all, maybe the camera firmware is running in that memory?

Otherwise you are only left with a professional recovery lab, I think.
Sorry. I can only deliver guessing and speculation.

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Re: Use photorec to recover deleted images from digital camera internal memory gphoto2

#5 Post by pcarqefa »

It does mount on my linux machine on the desktop and I can see there's no files on it now, as it opens like a folder. appears to be mounted as gphoto2://cameraname which then translates to a folder under /run/user/1000/gvfs it looks like. Is there a way to trick photorec to just try to recover from that path which would actually be the camera?

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#6 Post by recuperation »

pcarqefa wrote: 24 Apr 2021, 14:12 It does mount on my linux machine on the desktop and I can see there's no files on it now, as it opens like a folder. appears to be mounted as gphoto2://cameraname which then translates to a folder under /run/user/1000/gvfs it looks like. Is there a way to trick photorec to just try to recover from that path which would actually be the camera?
I don't know.
You could try on the command line to see how photorec reacts.
You could search for new block device using lsblk p.e.

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#7 Post by pcarqefa »

I guess that's where I get stuck, as this is my first time using photorec so have no idea how to do that. I know how to run the interactive photorec but that only lets you pick an entire drive.

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#8 Post by recuperation »

Photorec needs to address the entire device, nothing less.

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#9 Post by pcarqefa »

OK. I'll have to do some Googleing to see if there's a way to just mount a camera as a device then. or will see if someone with a Windows machine can try it.

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