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Is there anyway to return my deleted photos?


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samboo1

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I recently installed a program and when using it I found that it happened to delete many of my photos from my documents. I don't know why either. They have been deleted and aren't in the recycle bin either. I have tried a system restore, but they were deleted out of my documents so that didn't work, then I also downloaded a program called Recover Files, that did bring a few back but the rest of them were brought back as either uncompatible items or for some reason pictures of maps.

Is there anyway that I can get my photos back?
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Depends if you've installed anything in the meantime or shifted data around that could overwrite the fragments of the original drives. A system restore was probably not the best thing to do as it'll move data around, increasing the chances that you've overwritten a fragment of a photo.

In a situation like this the best thing to do is just pull the power out as soon as you spot the data's missing - even more so if the data is on the drive that Windows is on. During a normal shutdown Windows writes stuff back to the drive so... You would need a second computer and some data recovery software, please don't even think about firing up the computer with the missing data and installing new stuff on it for reasons I've already explained.

Just out of interest, what program did you download that looks like it trashed your My Documents folder? So we can avoid it :)

Edited by Neil Jones, 20 February 2008 - 03:57 PM.

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EDIT: Actually I just managed to find the programs name and its called Video2DVD Author

Thanks for your help. I realise now that with all the things I have done, it is most probably too late to get them back now.

Edited by samboo1, 20 February 2008 - 04:35 PM.

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Give Restoration a try. Can;t hurt and may get back some, even most of your files.
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Give Restoration a try. Can;t hurt and may get back some, even most of your files.


I managed to find a few more photos on that. A few more steps closer eh?

Thank you for it.
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Try Recuva. It's made by the same company (Piriform) that made CCleaner and Defraggler, so based purely on rep, I'd give it a shot. I haven't used it, but it can't hurt, right?
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you can also try photorec best of all its free :) software

you can check it out at cgsecurity.org it works wonders and they have updated the program just resently..good luck :)
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Try Recuva. It's made by the same company (Piriform) that made CCleaner and Defraggler, so based purely on rep, I'd give it a shot. I haven't used it, but it can't hurt, right?



That is definately the best program ive tried so far, I got so many back.

Thanks so much for that!
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Try Recuva. It's made by the same company (Piriform) that made CCleaner and Defraggler, so based purely on rep, I'd give it a shot. I haven't used it, but it can't hurt, right?



That is definately the best program ive tried so far, I got so many back.

Thanks so much for that!

Good to hear! I'd check out the other two tools I mentioned as well, they'll keep your computer running great! (just don't use them until you've got everything back! :) )
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