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November 12, 2011 8:50:42 AM

Hi,

My dad moved all of my mums photos off her computer onto their external hard drive. My mum didnt know this until yesterday and she went to have a look at the photos but it says that some files are unreadable and corrupted. I have never seen my mum so upset before, her 3 kids lives are in those pictures. So would you please be able to help me?

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November 12, 2011 11:05:30 AM
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The way I see it, you have 2 options:

Option 1 is to recover the photos that were erased from her computer

Option 2 is to recover the files from the external hard drive

For Option 1, tell her to avoid using the computer. Heavy use of the computer will make the chances of successfully recovering the files lower. Also, I think you will have better chances of recovering the files because there is the possibility that the file corruption occurred during file transfer to the external hard drive (either due to faulty cable or the external drive was incorrectly disconnected from the computer)

Give these (free) suggested file recovery software a try:
http://www.techyv.com/questions/how-recover-deleted-dat...

Minitool Power Data Recovery has been getting good reviews and it is what I personally suggest.

Try Option 1 first as I think the Option 2 has a rather slim chance of success depending on when or how the data corruption occurred.


November 14, 2011 5:12:42 AM

Kernel for Windows Data Recovery is an excellent Windows recovery tool which is perfect for repairing corrupt or damaged FAT and NTFS file systems. This software ensures complete recovery of deleted or lost files and folders in case of Windows registry corruption, partition deletion, partition formatting, hard disk failure, virus attacks, abrupt system shutdown, etc. this data recovery software supports FAT 16, FAT 32, NTFS and NTFS5 file systems and can repair all types of drives like IDE, EIDE, SATA, SDSI, PEN, ZIP and USB.
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November 18, 2011 11:45:52 PM

Best answer selected by jblacklock.
February 28, 2013 1:34:35 AM

No matter how you try to restore you data back, you absolutely need a recovery tool to help you.
Coincidentally, my friend has recently experienced the similar data recovery problem and tries a free hard drive recovery tool that satisfyingly restores all his inaccessible data back. So, I trust it will completely restore your data back, too. Give it a shot: http://freeware-fix.blogspot.com/2013/02/pen-drive-unre...
In the future, you should learn a lesson to back up all your important data at least on two drives in case of data loss.
June 30, 2013 8:44:43 AM

You can also try using Linux if you have that available. I tried plugging the drive into a pc running Ubuntu when I had the same problem and it worked without problems. Apparently these issues can be OS-related.
October 20, 2013 9:46:53 PM

Cheneymay said:
No matter how you try to restore you data back, you absolutely need a recovery tool to help you.
Coincidentally, my friend has recently experienced the similar data recovery problem and tries a free hard drive recovery tool that satisfyingly restores all his inaccessible data back. So, I trust it will completely restore your data back, too. Give it a shot: http://freeware-fix.blogspot.com/2013/02/pen-drive-unre...
In the future, you should learn a lesson to back up all your important data at least on two drives in case of data loss.


Cheers for recommending Pen Drive Recovery. I was able to recover some personal backup files from a corrupted folder on a USB drive (which occurred during the Windows 8.1 upgrade). I recommend this app.

October 22, 2013 6:37:04 AM

Dont worry, you can help to recover the lost photos. Take a look at this guide: hard drive data recovery

Take note that you'd better do not use the hard drive before you get back all needed files. Because continue using the hard drive may causes files to be written which may overwrite the space and causes files unrecoverable.

You may also need to go to device manager and assign a drive letter to the hard drive if it is not detected by computer, here's the guide
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307844

Scan the hard drive with anti virus software may also help if it is caused by virus, here's some good one
http://www.norton.com
http://www.mcafee.com
http://free.avg.com
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