Back in 2008, I was in the Middle East in the military. I wasn\u2019t permitted to have my mobile phone in that location at the time, so I took a relatively cheap digital camera and used it to capture reams of unique photos. When it came time to transfer some of the pictures from the camera, I somehow instead managed to wipe the memory card. I was utterly gutted, but it wasn\u2019t the first (or seemingly the last) time I did this, so I turned to some trusty image recovery software in hopes of getting my memories back. Read also: The Best Software for Recovering Deleted Photos in 2021 During the recovery process, I accidentally selected the camera\u2019s built-in memory rather than the SD card I\u2019d been using for my snaps. I was pretty shocked and confused when a photo from the camera\u2019s factory turned up. It was a test shot taken by ladies on the production line. DIGITAL CAMERA The EXIF data in the photo stated that the image was taken in 2006, so 2 years before I was using the camera. Unfortunately, it didn\u2019t give a location. After sharing my discovery on Reddit, the post hit the front page and loads of help and discussion poured in from the hive mind. People pointed out that it was likely the poster of the food (and Ritter Sport, for the win!) would be used as a focal point for the test shots to check that the cameras work properly. The writing states on the wall states that the Model Z520 is in production. After some research, this looks likely to refer to the King Ocean Z520 digital camera, but this isn\u2019t a well-known brand here in the UK \u2014 and not my camera\u2019s make and model \u2014 so it\u2019s likely to have been the same model branded differently for different markets around the world. I can\u2019t remember the exact recovery software I used \u2014 this story happened years ago \u2014 but it retrieved about 70% of my photos. I recently used the free and open-source PhotoRec though (yep, I did it again, which reminded me of this!), which worked really well. Read also: How to Recover Deleted Photos from a Memory Card with PhotoRec So here\u2019s a PSA and takeaway from this tale: Deleted stuff is rarely properly deleted (unless you do a full format or overwrite). It\u2019s something worth keeping in mind! About the author: John B. was formerly in the military and is now \u201ca regular middle-aged IT geek from the North of England.\u201d The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.