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Corrupt picture files? Anyway to repair them

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by 2talll, Apr 30, 2004.

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  1. 2talll

    2talll Thread Starter

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    I was burning all my files into CD to transfer them from my defective notebook onto the mew one, when a folder of pictures DISSAPPEARED!! I used one of the free recovery programs from download.com and found them, but when I try to open them they are all corrupt.

    Is there a program or something to repair them? If I bring the notebook in to a computer repair shop, can they find the pictures? Any hope of getting these pictures back? Thanks
     
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    It comes down to rwo things, the nature of the corruption and the amount of money you are prepared to spend.

    Its quite impossible to speculate on the nature of the file corruption, or the amount of the file(s) that are corrupted without technical analysis.

    Specialist data recovery companies do exist, but be prepared to spend hundreds or probably thousands as its a very time intensive process. Generally this is not the domain of a local computer repair shop.

    The most important thing is not to use the computer HDD until the files are recovered, as every write operation to the HDD increases the chances of file corruption or will totally overwrite those files.
     
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    DAMN! :mad:
    Anyone on here good at doing that type of stuff that could help me out with it? :rolleyes: I'm a teacher and the folder that got screwed up was the entire 2nd grade folder of about 100+ pictures. I don't hae or make enough money to fork out a bunch to get them repaired, but it's a shame that I just lost so many pictures- halloween, assemblies, numerous gym class activities that onyl the 2nd grade does, etc.

    DAMN I HATE HP!!!!! :mad: :mad: :mad:
     
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    What do you mean? All I know is that they won't open and the thumbnail image in the folder say corrupt file.
     
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    Ok, I see what you mean now, I was thinking you needed the pictures adjusted in someway but I see you need corrupt files fixed. I found this link on another board with someone asking the same kind of question. This is what it says it will do. No matter, if you deleted images, videos or audio files from your media, formatted the media, or pulled out the media during a write process, the program reconstructs the corresponding data automatically. I hope this helps you in some way.


    http://63.141.194.5/dir/index.html
     
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    I'm going to try the program you suggested above. That was thing that had me wondering the most- why EVERYTHING I tried to recover came back corrupt and unusable. Maybe it was the progam I tried.
     
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    Post back how it works. I understand your frustration. When I first got my digital I meesed up using the media card and lost some great concert pictures.
     
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    The more I think about it the more I think I shouldn't even try to use another program. I mean, what's t say that if I use another program that that program won't over-right the pictures on the harddrive? It's probably going to be best to just bring it to a repair shop and see if they can find the picture files on the harddrive.
     
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    I have never had to use one of these programs but it's probably a good idea to let an expert look at it that might have a more high tech program than the free ones. Good luck.
     
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    I finally got the laptop to the repair shop today. It's $150 for them to recover the pics, but they said they can most likely find the originals on the hard drvie somewhere or even repair the ones that I found. (They also said that since the pictures are work-related that the recovery is a tax write-off.)

    They also said that they have special CD reading hardware that could probably pull the pics off the CD even if it does't appear that the pics are on the CD. They said the info gets put on the CD before the writing is complete so even if the burning stopped and said it couldn't burn the folder onto the CD, the info needed to recover the pics could still be there.
     
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    Good luck, I do hope it works. Too bad there was no free way to get them but it sounds like the money will recover your precious memories so that's great.
     
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    if you still have a problem i can do a drive recovery for you provided it is still functioning, but if the images on the drive are damaged there is nothing you can do.

    learn the lesson of backing up data. the origionals and 2 copies with one stored offsite!
     
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    I might take you up on the offer. The guy at the repair shop I brought the notebook says the hard drive is damaged/corrupt/whatever you call it in certain places so that explains all the problems I was having. He said for some unknown reason (and he has never seen this before in his life) each picture file is missing exactly half of the file. He said he knows the rest of them are on the hard drive- it's just a matter of finding the other peices and hoping they aren't in the damaged part of the hard drive.
     
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