Hi everyone, I'm trying to access my D800E in the finder window of my macbook pro, having plugged it into via USB. I'm trying to access it like you would an external hard drive…..reason being i deleted some important photos and want to recover them. My questions are: is it possible to access the camera like a mass storage device when you plug it in via usb? if not, is there anyway to recover my lost photos?
Regardless of whether you get the camera to be seen or not, you will be much happier using a card reader (internal or external) as they are easier to use, don't drain the camera battery, and are MUCH faster in the transfer.
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While I also prefer to plug the SD or CF card directly into a media reader, it is worth noting that the D800/D800E transfer capability is extremely high speed. The camera's port is USB3.0 so if your computer has USB3.0 the transfers will be very fast.
to answer your question - Yes you should be able to see the D800 as an external drive with each card being a separate drive in the D800 device. The camera needs to be turned ON to enable you to see it. I suspect that could be the problem you are having. Good luck with recoving those files.
Might depend how and from what you deleted the photos. From your question, it sounds as though the images were deleted from the flash card. If they were simply deleted, you will need to download recovery software (Google <image recovery software>). If the images were deleted through reformatting, you might not be able to retrieve them, depending on whether you continued to use the flashcard.
The advice to work using a card reader is good. I don't know if communication with the camera's flashcard through its USB port is two-way (logically I guess it would be), which seems to me would be needed in order to use recovery software. I tried a USB connection with my D800E to my MacBook Air through a powered hub, but it didn't show up on the desktop. Didn't try a direct connection to the Mac. That does not necessarily say anything about how this would work with Windows.
BTW, it would help us if you were to fill in your profile a bit.