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Important photos are corrupt/mixed with other photos

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by sinicoll, Oct 10, 2009.

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  1. sinicoll

    sinicoll Thread Starter

    Oct 10, 2009

    My sister recently got engaged, I took loads of photos of the big night, stuck them on the PC and cleared the memory card. Upon actually looking at them, they are all corrupted - they appear to have mixed with other pictures.

    The thumbnails are fine but obivously this is a different part of the file.

    A lot of the software I have come across is designed to recoved lost files rather than repair corrupt images - can someone please help!?!

    I have uploaded an example here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3997977288/
  2. wfwsew


    Oct 19, 2007
    #1 do not take any more pictures on that memory card until you try some type of recovery program, pictures taken now will overwrite the deleted ones. they should still be there until over written.

    #2 look through the post on this forum and find a recovery program to try on the memory card, I can not remember them but there has been lots of post similar to yours so I know you can find one. probably someone else will chime in with the name and link to a good program.

    hope this helps some.

  3. wfwsew


    Oct 19, 2007
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  5. Topbloke


    Dec 20, 2008
    I hope this isn't too late for you... (or alternatively that it is and that's because you got your photos back!)

    When photos appear to be corrupted as in your instance, it can just be that the file index information has got corrupted. This would be similar to what happens when a picture is deleted and the index info for the particular file is deleted - i.e. the image data itself still exists, the device just doesn't know how to piece it together.

    Therefore the same kind of principles may apply in this case as if the pictures had been deleted....


    to increase the chances of being able to recover pictures after they have been deleted you must not save any new photos, files or data to it.

    When you delete pictures (or any files) from a PC, memory card or USB memory device the data itself isn’t deleted, just the file system pointers that says where the data for those files is located. The area where the deleted picture data was stored is also now marked as free space so it is available to the system for any new files to be written there instead.

    If and when that happens, then it is too late to recover your deleted pictures so it is very, very important that new pictures or files aren’t saved to the memory card in the meantime.

    One of the easiest ways to see if your deleted pictures can be recovered is to try some photo recovery software.

    One tip is to try a demo version of a commercial product that will scan the memory card for deleted pictures and show you exactly what pictures can be recovered. At least that will show you if you can recover the deleted pictures or if it’s too late already. You can find more useful information on how to
    recover deleted photos from a PC, camera memory card or USB memory stick at http://www.recoverdeletedpictures.com
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