iPhoto 9.0 trashed two years of photos. Although I've gotten some images back, any final recovery suggestions before I need to write over the drive?
So I installed iPhoto 9 back when it came out in October. Turns out it had a bug that could delete a bunch of your photos
and that's what happened to me.
Luckily, I had backed up my drive before installing the new version. Unluckily
, somewhere in dragging the backup library back to my main drive, I must have accidentally launched iPhoto again, because the iPhoto library on the backup drive was opened and corrupted as well. Yay!
After swearing profusely, I unplugged the backup and emailed DriveSavers
for a recovery quote. They said it would be at least $700 and anywhere up to $2700—which is laughably impossible for a student.
I've run Data Rescue 3
and while it rescued some files (to
another old smaller backup disk), I wound up with a bunch of folders containing about 25,000 jpegs of varying size; I need to wade through these, deleting out things like thumbnails, cached web images, et cetera. The recovered files all have new names, so any grouping of event photos is gone.
So, although I know I have some
files, I don't know—and maybe won't ever know, due to the re-namings
—if I got them all.
The problem I have now is that I haven't backed up in about two months (the backup drive has been sitting in a corner until the school term ended and I'd have time to deal with it). Now is that time.
I'm wanting to start backing up my laptop again, but I guess I'm just asking if anyone has any last final suggestions to try
before I back up my laptop to the drive (which would thus remove any future possibility of recovering any (more) of the lost files).
(I think I might try an alternate recovery software tonight (FileSalvage), on the off off chance that it might catch some files that Data Rescue might have missed—although I'll probably just wind up with 25,000 duplicates.)
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!