recover overwritten photos in windows vista

September 27, 2011 at 08:51:43
Specs: Windows Vista
my laptop has windows vista , I was using its admin profile , had no standard profile, I had lots of precious photos on it , no backup, the profile crashed , had to make another admin profile and 2 standard profiles, it said, log on failure, I logged on using safe mode and found out that all my photos in the windows photo gallery have been overwritten, how can I recover them? can any one help, please !

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#1
September 27, 2011 at 08:59:33
You can try "recuva" or Pc Inspector both are free and won't hurt to try....if the files are in fact written over...data recovery can be difficult if not impossible to recover.

Here are the links to the file recovery programs.

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/pcinsp...

http://www.piriform.com/recuva


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#2
September 27, 2011 at 11:47:38
Thanx a lot for the reply, I have tried recuva, thats how I found out that the photos cannot be opened as they have been over written. now I'll try the other software that you wrote and let you know how it went.
appreciate your help.... thanx

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#3
September 27, 2011 at 12:42:50
"had to make another admin profile and 2 standard profiles"

As long as you have not deleted your original administrator profile all your pictures are there and not deleted.

You need to google taking ownership of files which is the first step in aquiring access to files under a different users profile than the one you are using.

If you did not copy all of your picture files from somewhere to the pc your files are not overwritten. This was a bad conclusion on your part.

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#4
September 27, 2011 at 18:06:33
Have you looked in Pictures from the Start button to make sure they are not there?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
September 27, 2011 at 21:00:34
There was a virus which hid most normal files and folders.....prompting some to create a new user profile, but it's not clear why new profiles were created. In that case they were hidden not over written so.....it depends on what has happened that caused all the photos etc to be overwritten, if indeed they are.

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#6
October 5, 2011 at 08:54:21
Yes the original admin profile still exist its only that I cannot access it, when I do so it says "log on failure" . if I open system configuration, a window pops up asking for password of the original admin profile, here it accepts the password and opens the system config, but that log on page it does not accepts the password, strange...
this means the original profile is still functioning in the back ground, and the current admin profile is not a true admin.
"You need to google taking ownership of files which is the first step in aquiring access to files under a different users profile than the one you are using."
what do you mean by this?
all these pictures were uploaded from the camera and not copied from else where.
appreciate your help ..... thanx

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#7
October 5, 2011 at 09:02:49
yes I have looked up the pictures in the start button, they are not there in the profile I am using,but they can be seen in my original admin profile in safe mode only, but here in safe mode I cannot open them because windows photo gallery does not work in safe mode, I can only explore them, cannot view them.

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#8
October 5, 2011 at 09:12:30
" but it's not clear why new profiles were created."
As I have written earlier that I was using only one profile ,the original admin profile,when this crashed, my lap top was not running then my nephew assisted me to make another admin profile and also 2 standard profiles for safety reasons,if the virus attacks again, at least the new admin profile will not get corrupted.
now how to retrieve them?

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#9
October 5, 2011 at 11:17:23
One way to retrieve them is to download a Linux Live CD (runs from CD & RAM only). You will then be able to drag and drop them onto a flash drive.

You have to use the image burning feature of whatever computer you are using to do this (not just put the iso download onto the CD). You then have to go to BIOS on the faulty computer and set the CD ahead of the HD. You boot with the CD in the drive and linux will arrive. Windows will remain "as is" when you boot without the CD in the drive.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#10
October 5, 2011 at 11:27:23
thanx for the reply.... I'll do as you advised and will keep you posted....
if needed help then Ill let you know.

thanx again. :))


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#11
October 11, 2011 at 21:42:30
If you can see the files in safe mode, but cannot operate photo gallery.....still copy all the photos, then when you get things working properly you can copy them back and photo gallery should then open them.

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#12
October 13, 2011 at 09:43:34
I retrieved them by using recuva, but they cannot open, even if I copy them on flash drive and reopen them using windows photo gallery, picasa , irfan view, I managed to open only 9 out of 225 total, the rest are damaged.
thanx for help...

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#13
October 17, 2011 at 10:56:07
Sorry to hear that you got so few back. Thx for update.

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