Trying to convert .abm file

February 5, 2012 at 16:24:12
Specs: Windows XP
Hubby saved jpeg pics into a generic folder located in "MY ALBUMS" then in "Sample.abm". Definitely something in there as it shows contents of 233 KB.

Have tried renaming the folder "Sample.jpeg" but doesn't work. Am a dunce when it comes to stuff like this. Can anybody help?

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February 5, 2012 at 17:03:29
How bad do you need THAT picture? 233kb isn't much of a picture.

If you lost a bunch of pictures, STOP all activity that might create or revise files on that drive ("C:" or whatever)!!!!! Especially DO NOT surf the web if "MyDocuments" is on your C: drive!(unless you did something to move it, it is!) Avoid using that computer (or OS) as much as possible.

If you have already looked for them in the Recycle Bin, download the trial version of GetDataBack for NTFS (find with Google) with another computer (or a different operating system if you have a multiboot computer). Then (if not a multiboot computer) put the hard drive from your computer into the other computer and scan it with GetDataBack (much easier: you could also replace it into the case of an external hard drive). You may need to get someone to help with this. You can recover your pictures one at a time for free.

Good luck Valerie. Post back your results.

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February 6, 2012 at 07:46:12
Sample.abm isn't a folder, it's a file. I suspect the .abm is an album file, possibly used for slideshows. You didn't save a picture to it, it was created by whatever program he used to make th slideshow or copy the pictures to your MY ALBUMS folder.

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February 6, 2012 at 14:46:31
Is it possible you have this program on your computer?:

If so it is probably an album file (and should be renamed back to Sample.abm), which is to tell the program which pictures to include in a slideshow. That would account for its small size.

The idea is that you run it from the program - the pictures are likely to be somewhere else. There might be other similar programs that use this file type.

If all else fails try searching for *.jpg and see if you can find the pictures by date or whatever.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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February 7, 2012 at 20:53:22
THX 1138 is probably right. I haven't worked with pictures that much. After you renamed your 233kb file back to Sample.abm, did you try to double-click it in File Manager? It should bring up the program that created it. If it can't locate the pictures, it should tell you what it can't find and maybe where it expected to find them.

Anyway, don't surf the web, save stuff, etc. if you think you may have deleted something valuable.

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