Solved How to view photos in TEC files? & how to recover Lost Files

November 6, 2014 at 10:24:31
Specs: Windows 7
Took a few 100 photos on android phone (HTC Wildfire), stored on micro sd card. Now trying to view on laptop (windows 7). have tried sd adapter. Now trying using usb adapter. Photos seem to be stored as Tec files. Laptop could not open. Looked online for download to open tec files. Tried to download Winrar. It wouldnt finish downloading , wanted me to also have cleanup download, so I cancelled it. It took quite a few attempts to cancel the download. Now I find some of my photos have moved to Lost Files folder, won't open and I dont know how to recover them. The remaining files are still there as Tec files apart from one which now says its an Arc file. Have downloaded Freearc but it won't do anything as it says the file either isnt an arc file or else it is corrupted. Have then tried safely removing micro sd card from laptop and putting it back into phone. The phone now can't open the photos (it could before): it actually says there are no photos there! AAAGH!! Likewise, put same micro sd into tablet (photos were fine on tablet earlier today) and tablet now also says No Photos There !!! AAAAGGGHHHH! what have I done and how do I get my precious photos back?? They are once in a lifetime shots and I took them for a dear friend. PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN!!! THANKS!!!

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November 6, 2014 at 11:58:23
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You should have continued on your other post. I answered on your other one but it was obviously a waste of time because now I have stumbled across this additional information.

Sounds like it was a bad card or you have somehow managed to corrupt it. Your only hope is a recovery program using your computer. See this free program:
http://filehippo.com/download_recuva

As I said before, forget those strange file types - your photo's would have been standard jpg files that are used on about all phones, cameras and computers.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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November 7, 2014 at 01:57:19
Thanks Derek. Sorry about wasting your time before - I didnt know how to use this site properly. Have just come back online now and am about to try your suggested recovery solution. Will let you know.

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November 7, 2014 at 07:41:13
Have recovered a few of my photos from the memory sd card - Thanks! Am now re-running the Recuva download on the whole laptop system, all drives, to see if anything lost in there - long job but will be well worth it! Thanks so much! I really didnt want to give it up for lost.

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#4
November 7, 2014 at 09:31:23
Good to hear you've made some progress and thanks for popping back to let us know.
Hope you managed to recover some more. No worries about the website difficulties - even Mary Poppins was only "practically perfect" LOL.

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November 13, 2014 at 05:43:36
Well! It's taken me days!! Recuva did bring up a couple of very old photos I'd forgotten ever existed but must have deleted at some point, so that was nice, and thanks - I'm glad to have learned about the Recuva download, you never know when it might come in handy.. But I didnt recover any more of the precious photos I was hoping to get back. It seems most likely that the sd card they were on was maybe corrupt in the first place, because the two photos I'd sent to my friend as text message attachments have proved impossible for her to open as well - and that was before I did anything at all with the sd card. B******. It's only memories I know, but they were HER memories and I wish the card hadn't let us down. Does make me want to know a bit more about all this so that I don't feel such a helpless fool in the future. Where to start is the big question but there's a drop in computers-at-whatever level course nearby I might give a try, for starters - may be I will just find it all too much and go back to my allotment, but at least I'll give it a try!!! Thanks again for your replies which if nothing else did give me moral support and an answer of sorts - it would never have occurred to me that the sd card itself could be the problem, I'd have assumed forever that it was my technical dumbness. The shop I bought the card from is the same shop (fairly new) where I tried earlier to buy an in-car phone charger, and gave up after taking back the 2nd one that didnt work.... should have seen the writing on the wall then I suppose, it's only hindsight makes it look a bit dodgy perhaps. Ay well. Thanks again.

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November 13, 2014 at 06:32:21
Yes, it's a great shame to lose those memories. Best bet is to keep the card but don't use it again, against the off-chance that by some future method you might be able to recover more - technology is always changing..

Otherwise about all you can do now is make sure that important files are well backed up - maybe twice. One of the most reliable methods is a small USB hard disk, this sort of thing:
http://www.amazon.com/External-Hard...
You can get 500 GB for about 50 dollars on this particular website but best shop around. Depending on file size you could get 200,000 to 300,000 pictures on 500 GB so a small one, if available, might suit your needs.

As a parting shot I have unearthed another recovery freebie:
http://www.z-a-recovery.com/downloa...
One of our posters managed to recover some files against all odds with this so it could be worth one last go.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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