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Lost pictures

by Kiriakos / March 3, 2005 9:28 PM PST

I made a boo-boo in my friends computer. Wanting to reformat it, I dragged and dropped his pictures in a CD-RW disc before I reformat it and I thought they were copied. But they were not. I then formatted his hard drive and reinstalled winXP to only find out that I erased all his pictures and the CD-RW disc was empty.
Is there an application that will be able to recover the pictures from the formatted hard drive?
Help please I am embarassed and frustrated.
Thanks guys.

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by Yew / March 3, 2005 9:43 PM PST
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If all you had done was format the drive, there might be a chance, but after reinstalling software on it, there's virtually no chance of being able to recover all the files.

As it is, every time you write something to the disk, you potentially destroy what little of the files might still exist. The pictures are gone.

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Your friend has their backup?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 3, 2005 9:47 PM PST
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Hopefully they don't learn this lesson about backup the hard way.

What's sad is that there are no less than a handful of posts today about people who are just learning about backup.

Also, you didn't make a closed session plain vanilla CDR or CDRW. That drag and drop may have worked, but may require the install of InCD, Roxio or other software to read it.

I can't tell from your post how that CD was created. But do try ISOBUSTER to see if the files are there.


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Unfortunatelly NO
by Kiriakos / March 3, 2005 10:09 PM PST

Nope, that was the back up I tried to make for the pictures only but I obvioysly used the wrong way (drag & drop).
I simply dragged the picture file from the hard drive and dropped it to the CD-RW disc. I show some animation transfer from file to file and I thought it was done. I did not rechecked the disc to see if it was ok. I should have used Nero or another burning application.
I feel terrible as these pictures was my friend's and he doesn't know what happened.
I' ll try this evening the Isobuster. I let you know.

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if you used the XP built-in drag and drop
by jonah jones / March 4, 2005 5:02 PM PST
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then the pictures were in the "staging area", (a sort of electronic waiting-room) waiting for the "burn these filles to disc" command... it's possible that one of the experts can tell you what to look for (where those pics are/were sitting) and who knows?....

good luck..


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by Kiriakos / March 5, 2005 3:17 AM PST

But is there an expert on that? That will solve the problem.

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by rogerthai / March 4, 2005 12:45 AM PST
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Most Burner programs have recovery software with the Burner Program. If you used Roxio Easy Creator CD, I know that you have the recovery software with this program. Go to All Programs and Roxio and check for
Direct CD Format Utility. Open this program with your CD installed in the Burner Bay then check for Recovery of Lost Data on this disc.

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try this
by Ronald_108 / March 4, 2005 3:31 PM PST
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you might try download a program named :exposed: it is a very good program wichfind all pictures in all kind af formats ones placed on the hard drive
butt you must be verry carefull because the program is ment as a cleaning program for pictures
if you delete annything without anny knowledge of file formats you migth distroy your pc .
butt i'llasure you that it will find your lost pictures even if youve formatted you hard drive

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try this
by Kiriakos / March 5, 2005 3:15 AM PST
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Do you happen to have a link to this program??

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by bill78759 / March 5, 2005 5:43 AM PST
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Lost Pictures
by rattlinbones / March 5, 2005 10:01 AM PST
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Do a search on Google for Get Data Back XP

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