Yesterday, I took some pics using my several years old Sony camera that uses a memory stick for storage. This morning I put the stick in my laptop to look at the pictures, and got this error message: You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it? Well no I don't want to format it and lose a couple hundred pics. My first thought was try the stick in another PC. Did that and got the same message. Nothing I tried worked, so I resorted to tech support for SanDisk, the manufacturer of the stick. Hurrah, they have a solution, several programs that will recover data from memory cards. Kind of pricey tho, at $39.95 for the cheapest version. They do however offer an evaluation version that is free. Seemed like a good deal, so I spent the next half hour jumping through the hoops to download and install the program. It scanned my stick and let me preview the pics. I thought Wow, this is great. Then the bomb exploded. It seems that in order to save or copy the pics, you have to fork over the $39.95 license fee. What BS. Why in Heck did they say this was a free evaluation? Talk about bait and switch. Or is it extortion, holding my stuff for ransom.
Sorry for the rant, I'm pi$$ed.