Swimming in a sea of bland jpeg files
April 16, 2010 6:38 PM Subscribe
Please help me regain access to the data on my external hard drive after laptop crash caused files to "disappear".
posted by segatakai to computers & internet (9 answers total)
I have a WD external hard drive (500GB My Passport Elite). One day, while the drive was connected, my laptop (PowerBook G4, running 10.5.8) crashed. After rebooting, I got an error message telling me I was a bad boy for disconnecting the hard drive without first ejecting it, and that I might suffer data loss if I wasn't more careful in the future (or some such). Of course, the crash had prevented me from ejecting the drive properly. The problem is, the next time I plugged in the drive, sure enough it was read as blank.
The good news is that the files are there. I have since used something called FileSalvage to retrieve the more than 7000 items (mostly music and image files) that are on the disc, and I've burned those salvaged files to a series of DVD's. The problem is, I now have 7000 items with sequentially assigned numerical names (photos are "0172.jpg" and music files are "2167.mp3", for example), all created on the same date. On the hard drive, the photos were sorted into folders by when/where they were taken, or by subject, and the music was in iTunes, with album and track names, album art, ratings, etc. My guess/hope is that this is a minor digital glitch; some "0" somewhere got flipped to a "1", and if I can somehow flip it back, all will be well -- at least in my dreams it is so.
The fly in the ointment is that there were some pr0n files on the drive. I don't care about those files -- it's the personal photos and music that I'm anxious for, but I'm reticent to take the drive to someone else to have it diagnosed/fixed. Can anyone recommend a fix that I can do myself (I don't have any experience/expertise at diagnosing/fixing computers, but I'm pretty good at following instructions) that will get me back my folders and EXIF/meta data?
I have contacted WD; they were no help. I am aware of the mountain of bad word-of-mouth on the internet for WD, or at least for this type of drive (I wasn't at point of purchase), but I am not sure how that helps me in this situation; I have not been able to find mention of someone with quite this scenario (even minus the pr0n).
Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions.