How to Restore Nikon DSLR NEF Pictures after Firmware Error

Did you lose NEF pictures after firmware error in Nikon DSLR?

Your Nikon camera was accidentally turned off while you were updating the latest firmware version in it to upgrade the features as well as to fix some old errors. This might have happened because the camera was low on battery. However, the firmware update process failed due to this. After charging your Nikon camera battery, you again connected it to the computer to install the firmware again. But you encountered strange errors while accessing the digital camera memory card which means all the NEF images from your camera are gone!! You are unable to access them from your Nikon camera memory card. You searched the entire computer but found that you did not even have a backup of those images. What to do now???

Do not worry!!! You do not have to be panicked as long as Digital Image Recovery is there!!! This software can retrieve all the lost / deleted images from the digital camera memory card even after firmware error. This is because; the NEF photo files will be there in the camera memory card even after they are deleted/lost. They become irrecoverable only when they are overwritten with some new pictures. Therefore, do not save any new files into the memory card of the Nikon camera after firmware error.

Firmware is the programmable part of the software which controls the internal processing of digital camera. With new versions of digital cameras, they can be updated same as like the computer software just like adding new features, fixing the problem with the old version and much more.

However, if the firmware update process is interrupted or the firmware is corrupted itself, then you may face huge data loss. In such cases, the digital image recovery will help you to retrieve digital pictures after firmware error.

The possible reasons behind firmware error are explained in details below:

Faulty Firmware: Corrupted firmware or any malfunctioning in the firmware can also result in firmware error. These are also called as Firmware bug sometimes. The firmware might have been corrupted after downloading error, interrupted downloading or after being shared over a network etc. Malfunctioning in the firmware may result in encountering error messages like “Image cannot be saved in the memory card”.

Firmware Update failure: When the firmware in your Nikon camera fails to update completely, it is sometimes called as a firmware flash failure. This situation may arise due to any misinterpretation of the firmware update program. If the current firmware version is same as the one which is being executed, then the firmware assumes that the Nikon camera already has the updated firmware version. If the firmware updating has failed previously, then such scenario gives rise to severe data loss issues.

Other than this sudden power failure, software malfunction, incompatible operating system is also responsible for firmware update failure which results in firmware error.

However, digital photo restore utility will help you out in above data loss scenarios. The software is useful for both Windows and Macintosh users. It can restore NEF files, audios and video files deleted / lost from Nikon DSLRs after firmware error. The software also allows you to execute JPEG image recovery in Sony Cyber Shot camera after accidental deletion or memory card formatting. Other than NEF Raw photo files, the software also helps you to recover deleted / lost RAW images from other popular DSLRs. It can restore CR2 photo files from Lexar SDHC card inaccessible after Format Error. The software also helps you to carry out digital image recovery even when the memory card is corrupted due to virus attack or accidental power failure. It can retrieve photos from corrupt Kingston SDXC card successfully. You can check the effectiveness of this recovery tool by using its demo version.

Few essential steps to recover the NEF files from Nikon DSLR are described below in details:

Step-1: Connect the digital camera to the computer via USB cables. Download and install the demo version of the photo recovery software in the hard drive of your computer. After successful installation, select “Recover Photos” from the main screen. After that, choose the 2nd option from the new window.

Main Screen - Recover Digital Photos

Step-2: After that select the digital camera as the logical drive from which the photos are to be recovered and then click on “Next” to start the scanning process. After scanning is completed, you can view all the photos recovered from the digital camera.

View Recovered Digital Photos - Recover Digital Photos

To avoid firmware error in the future you can follow some useful tips mentioned below:

Use a UPS to avoid JPEG file loss because of power fluctuation. The best option to prevent data loss in the future is to take backup on a regular basis. Use latest antivirus program to prevent firmware corruption. Read all the instructions carefully before attempting any firmware update in your digital camera.

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