You have over 300 pictures in your digital camera and no way to retrieve them. Don’t panic there are ways to save them. Start by reading this article on corrupted photo recovery.
A while back I inserted my XD media card into the wrong camera. For some reason my two Fuji cameras are not combatable. I went to download the pictures and all I could get was “media card not valid” My heart sunk because we had over 300 wedding photos on it.
I played around with it for a while with no results. After looking around the Internet I found some decent looking free software. I downloaded it and ran it with my corrupted photo card. I then tried to download the pictures again and got “Media is not formatted would you like to format now? I said yes. I know now that was a big mistake. My wife was going to kill me.
I did some more research on the Internet and came across another piece of software for corrupt photo recovery. I downloaded it and ran it with my memory card and it found ALL my pictures. Don’t know how but it worked even after I formatted my card. I was so happy. I gladly paid the fee for the license and restored my wedding pictures.
I did learn a few things about restoring corrupted photos.
1. Whether your pictures are on a memory card or hard drive do not mess around with it any more than you have to. Every time you write to a disk or card the less of a chance you have of recovering your pictures.
2. For memory cards try cleaning the contacts with a pencil eraser. Then clean with rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab. This saved one of my old cards that had corroded contacts and would not read.
3. Find a good program for photo restoration. Some will do more harm than good so do your research.
I did my research and the software I ended up using was recommended on a lot of digital photo forums. I even called a local professional photographer and he suggested the same software. Well that was enough for me. One of the best parts about it was it is a free download and you can see if it will work before you buy. Completely safe for your hard drive or memory card.
So in short if you damaged you photos some how don’t panic 99 percent of the time they are recoverable. Corrupted photo recovery software works great!