Can I recover my deleted pictures?
October 23, 2007 7:54 AM Subscribe
Have I lost my digital photos?
posted by tr33hggr to technology (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Windows XP - in an effort to save disc space, I had been moving most of my digital photos to an external hard drive. The most recent time I did this, I was in a hurry, not thinking, and simply dragged over the whole "Shared Pictures" folder from the primary hard drive to the external. Obviously the "Shared" folder on the primary drive had far fewer sub-folders than the "Shared" folder on the external.
But I didn't consider the ramifications of this, and when asked by XP if I wanted to replace the folder on the external with the folder on the primary, I just clicked yes and went about my business.
Flas forward a few months - I don't keep the external drive hooked up; just when I back up my photos or iTunes files. So, I hooked it back up to pull everything onto a NEW external drive I had purchased and discovered my heinous mistake.
There might be a chance this is not the first time I've done this, increasing (I know) the potential that my "deleted" files are completely hosed, but I THINK it was the first time.
I ran a freeware program (Restoration), and it found all the "deleted" files on the drive, but when I tried to restore them I couldn't open the pictures.
I took the drive to a friend at work, way more technically-minded than I, to see if he could do anything. He said:
"I reran the scan on the drive and it came back with over 75% file fragments missing, so I took a sample of the files that were not fragmented restored them and tried to open them, every file came back with an error upon opening."
I'm not sure what program he used, but assume it's pretty robust.
Is this the final word? Should I just give up and say goodbye to the majority of my photos from the last six years? I can't afford to spend a ton on having someone professional look at this, and I've heard this kind of work can be very costly.
Is there anything else I can do?