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Loss of pictures from external hard disk during transfer between two hard disks

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April 30, 2012 10:33:50 AM

Hello,
I have two hard disks - Disk A and Disk B. Recently, i switched from a PC to a MAC so i reformatted these two disks so that files can be written into them using my Mac. I did the proper procedure of transferring my files from the disks into another computer before i reformat them. Once the two disks have been reformatted with the contents stored inside proper, i proceeded to copy and paste the contents from Disk A to Disk B because the Disk A has a history of bad USB connection so i want to back up my files on the better Disk B. But some pictures went missing after the transfer and i have no clue as to how to retrieve all of them. Please help because those pictures have incredibly high sentimental value for me as they are pictures of a loved one who is going away soon. =( The folder exists without the images and both hard disks do not contain the images at all.
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April 30, 2012 5:47:12 PM

First, stop using the disks. By using them you may overwrite existing data, making recovery more difficult.

Try using "RECUVA" - http://www.piriform.com/recuva
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May 7, 2012 4:33:14 AM

Thanks for the reply!
im looking at Recuva and it says that it runs on windows. Im using a MAC. Does Recuva retrieve corrupted files?
I suspect that my files are heavily corrupted - based on last retrievals from the other software..
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May 7, 2012 1:23:20 PM

beckpacker said:
Thanks for the reply!
im looking at Recuva and it says that it runs on windows. Im using a MAC. Does Recuva retrieve corrupted files?
I suspect that my files are heavily corrupted - based on last retrievals from the other software..

'Recuva' does a great job on PCs; don't know about MACs.
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May 7, 2012 6:37:13 PM

Which format did you use when you say you formatted the disks so that files can be written using a Mac? If you used fat32, the maximum file size is 4 gig. Any files larger than that may have got lost in the move. A move operation in windows is actually two commands, a copy, then a delete of the original. In this situation, you will have lost the original too.
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