And they are very tough. A skydiver in the UK had a GoPro attached to his helmet, but it came loose in mid dive. The device fell 12,500 feet, but managed to record and survive the free fall. Despite their amazing durability, the devices are not indestructible or infallible. They’re still made out of electronics that can fail and act in undesirable ways.
Adventure seekers who want to capture every scintillating moment should understand how their GoPro can be damaged, and tips for pulling lost data.
What causes data loss in GoPro devices?
Memory cards can become corrupted. These small cards aren’t always perfectly made, and can sometimes write video content in the wrong way, leading to file corruption. One cause of such corruption can be an overeager user who pulls out the card the instant they are done recording. This doesn’t give the device the proper time to finish writing the file, so there are “holes” in the recording.
Crashing looks cool, but can damage the data. While you don’t want to “baby” your GoPro, it is important to treat it with care, especially when it’s out of the protective housing that reduces fall damage and keeps out water. To reduce vibrations, you should be sure you shut the “on/off” door on the device, so the SD card is more secure when you’re driving a rocky road to the launch point.
Poorly-built cards are not worth it. Buying substandard SD cards is setting you up for difficulties down the road. Use a well-known brand, and be sure to properly format the card. You should also treat all cards with care, and utilize a storage area when the card is not in use.
How to recover from a loss and get the most out of GoPro cameras.
Leave it be. If the GoPro is heavily damaged, then it’s likely best to not try to view any content. Give it to a data recovery firm that can use special software to pull out the data you need with minimal risk of catastrophic damage. If the GoPro was cracked and exposed to water, then dry it out but don’t turn it back on until a professional technician can examine it first.
Use a recovery tool. Sophisticated recovery software such as RescuePRO from LC Technology can pull video from SD cards with a very high chance of success. It’s the ideal solution for GoPro users who have “lost” video content or frequently swap out SD cards, which can lead to corruption. The software uses sophisticated recovery algorithms to recover data and features a user-friendly design so users can recover files in minutes.
Don’t use the GoPro as a storage device. Once your paddling adventure is over, move your video to another source instead of the GoPro in order to have some redundancy.
When you are shelling out $400 for a camera as good as the GoPro Hero 4, it pays to know some tips on keeping the device and your video content safe. Anglers who want to capture their catch both in and out of the water should use the GoPro wisely, and try to avoid any damage to the data. Following best practices for recovery is a smart move, and can help users restore a video of the “record breaking monster.”
David Zimmerman has been in the hardware/software industry for over 30 years, specifically in the data recovery software market for 18 years. During this period, he has been involved in the creation; marketing and support of the earlier drive recovery software products to enter the PC market and successfully marketed them both nationally and internationally. His company makes data recovery products for most of his competitors. His experience in the market has made him uniquely familiar with the data recovery business.
LC Technology International, Inc. (http://www.lc-tech.com) is a global leader in data recovery, file system utilities and data security technology. Clients include original equipment manufacturers, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, corporate security specialists and IT consultants, among others. Available worldwide and published in more than 24 different languages, LC Technology products are available direct or through several major manufacturers of flash memory products. Founded in 1997, LC Technology is based in Clearwater, Florida.