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Recovering deleted photos on digi camera


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fsamimi

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Hi!

I love this site!

I had a photo on my digital camera's SD card that I deleted, but now I need to get it back. I've downloaded a bunch of free programs off the Net to try and recover it:
F-Recovery
PC Inspector Smart Recovery
eIMAGE Recovery
Easy Undelete 3.0
etc...

Each of these photos recovers the JPEG file and saves it to my hard disk. When I open the file in Explorer, the bottom half of the photo is missing - it's just cut off (gray space). The weird thing is that when I look at the thumbnail of the file in Explorer, the complete (uncut) image appears! Why can I see a complete image in the thumbnail - but not when I open the file? My layman's brain tells me that if I can see the complete image in the thumbnail, then the info for the cut-off portion of the image is stored somewhere and I could use it to fix the file so that the image is complete when I open the actual file. Is this totally off base? Any ideas? I tried attaching a WinZipped version of the JPEG at issue (800KB), but I got an error message that said I had exceeded my limit.

Thanks so much!
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ok, sounds like you have run the gammit here. try standard hard drive file recovery utilities and see if they can do a better job.

don't expect to get them back however. I haven't had good luck with retrieving files from flash drivers yet.
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flash drives are extremely volitile media due to the fact that they are designed to be written to and erased from on a very regular basis...usually when something is deleted...it's pretty much gone...
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Yeah, no luck with the other tools either. Thanks anyway and take care!
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Hey, wait a sec... I almost forgot my original question! If the data for a complete image of the JPEG is lost then how come I can see the whole image in thumbnail view?
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the thumbnail view comes from a different file...there's a smal snapshot that is taken by xp and stored in a cache somewhere to help display those thumnail views...
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Thanks! Do you know how I can access the small snapshot? If I could open the snapshot in Photoshop then I could copy, enlarge and paste the missing parts from the snapshot onto the damaged image. I could then play around with it in Photoshop to try and make it look better. Not a perfect solution, but better than nothing.

the thumbnail view comes from a different file...there's a smal snapshot that is taken by xp and stored in a cache somewhere to help display those thumnail views...


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