Lightroom: Can files be saved to catalog and to camera card with Nikon tether capture?

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i recently lost all shots in a tethered shoot when a hard drive failed catastrophically!  could not recover from camera card since none of the photos were saved. session could have been salvaged if photos were saved on the camera card and also transferred to the catalog,
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Have you tried a program such as Recuva to salvage the photos from the card?  https://www.piriform.com/recuva
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no luck, files were not written to card, only to lightroom catalog. 
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As far as I know, Canon will write to the card when tethered to LR, but Nikon won't. In fact, one of the suggestions for Nikon if there's trouble is to put in an empty card, or maybe remove the card altogether.
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tried a new card same results, camera still reports no images on card, imported properly to LR.  using nikon d7200, same results with d810.  no way to prevent this type of problem.  No work around like saving to another location.  not nice
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AFAIK, it's a limitation of the Nikon SDK (and allowed as part of the Canon SDK, hence the difference of behavior). To prevent this scenario in future, backup software can be run on the computer, to ensure the files are backed up as you go along, but I'm sure you've already considered these options.
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Right. Both the empty card (suggested by Adobe to fix some issues with tethering and Nikon, and using no card at all (suggested on another site for tethering problems with Nikon), result in no images stored. It's not a tethering issue. It's Nikon. The point of both "solutions" is that Nikon may not even like to have any images on a card—I've experienced no problems with a card in the camera that has images on it, but some people may.  I'm afraid this isn't something Adobe can fix. Nikon has to allow for the same operation as Canon.
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unfortunately, was working off site and did not have backup drive connected.  learned a valuable lesson.  still i wish LR had a way of way of saving to a second location (same as importing to a second destination when importing from a camera card)
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I agree with this. The second location could be a thumb drive or attached memory card.
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Thanks for reporting the issue. This is a limitation from Nikon SDK that we cannot save images on card. We will look into your suggestion for having a secondary backup.
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Did you ever look at the secondary backup option for tethered capture?  I am also in favour of it for a couple of reasons:
1. It aligns with the regular import image option, which also allows the creation of a backup image
2. If you shoot DNG it allows the storage of an untouched raw file that doesn't get import and develop defaults written into it, so you retain a copy of exactly what the camera produced