Overwritten Photos...any way to rec

Dell inspiron E1405
March 24, 2008 at 12:18:54
Specs: Win XP, Centrino Duo, 1 G

I overwritten my friend's wedding photos with MS Office Picture Manager by mistake, is there any way to recover them? Please ...please if anyone know the method, please give me a hand!! Thank you!

Ms Tsui


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#1
March 24, 2008 at 12:33:14

I'm not sure how you could 'overwrite' the pictures. They can be deleted, but how you could 'overwrite' them is beyond me.

But anyway, you can try a file recovery program to see if they can be recovered. But to do this you should physically remove the hard drive from the system, install it as a slave or external drive on another system to try the recovery.

Here are some options for file recovery

Free but only good for accidental deletes
PC Inspector
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/pcinsp...

Zero assumption Recovery
http://www.z-a-recovery.com
The demo is limited
It will only recover'up to' four folders per run
But you can make multiple runs

Ontrack's 'Easy Recovery'
http://www.ontrack.com

File Scavenger
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/filesc...

GetDataBack
http://www.runtime.org/


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#2
March 24, 2008 at 16:12:41

Howdy aegis just an FYI - overwrite occurs when you save file over an existing file with the same name and extension. When you do this, you are prompted to confirm or cancel the operation. Files that are overwritten are difficult if not impossible to recover.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#3
March 24, 2008 at 16:34:21

Yup XpUser, you are right. Maybe that's what myroseneverdie did, but why (and how) would someone overwrite a bunch of photo files with different photos? It doesn't make sense to me. I can understand someone accidently overwriting one file, but a whole bunch?
Wedding pictures usually come in dozens if not hundreds.

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#4
March 24, 2008 at 17:10:42

I think he is speaking of digital pictures. In any case a 2GB SD card can hold over 500 images so if you are a camera freak hundreds is not unusual.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#5
March 24, 2008 at 17:23:10

No doubt deleting hundreds of pictures is normal, but we are talking about 'overlaying'. How in the heck can you accidently replace hundreds of pictures with different names with different files with identical names, is my point?

Maybe this example will make clear what I mean:
Say I give you a flash drive with a hundred pictures of my wedding. They are named normally like this:

Sam and Joe.jpg
Uncle Fred.jpg
The new couple.jpg
Alex and aunt Mary.jpg
etc
etc

How would you go about accidently 'overlaying' (not deleting) all of them?


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#6
March 24, 2008 at 18:29:59

Now I get it. Let's hope the OP will post back and explain what really happened.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#7
March 25, 2008 at 01:31:18

"Let's hope the OP will post back and explain what really happened."

When it's a user error, the user rarely admits to doing anything that could have caused the problem. LOL.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.


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#8
March 25, 2008 at 08:01:32

yes, my overwrite occurs when I tried to close the MS Office Picture Manager, it asked me if I wanted to save... I was super sleepy at that time, so I guess I clicked "yes", then it saved about 10 picutes file over an existing file with the same name.

I'm actually done this with my laptop, "physically remove the hard drive from the system, install it as a slave or external drive on another system to try the recovery." is really beyond my skills. Is there any other way for me to get back those being overwritten photos? Thanks so much, guys!!

Ms Tsui


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#9
March 25, 2008 at 08:50:54

Sorry, there is no other option. And if you continue to use that laptop, you diminish the chances of recovering those files.

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