Backed up photos disfigured-how to restore?

February 21, 2011 at 10:57:36
Specs: Windows XP
My laptop recently crashed and had to rebuild the OS. I had backed up my photos to an external hard drive earlier. Now, when I copied the backup photos to my PC, they display fine as thumbnails in windows explorer, but on opening, most of the photos are gone - only a portion of the individual photos are visible and the other areas are completely shaded away. I checked the photos on the external hdd in another pc and found that it is the same case in it as well - so, i suspect the original copying process did something to the photos. Is there anyway to restore the photos to their original state or are they gone forever? I dont have another backup to retore them from. Any help appreciated. Thanks.

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#1
February 21, 2011 at 15:29:45
If the scan was at fault in the first place then you cannot do anything to repair them except a re-scan which you indicate is no longer possible.

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#2
February 21, 2011 at 15:49:30
You can try to recover the original photos from the hard drive in the laptop by using a program called recuva. It will bring up tons of files because anything not overwritten will still be recoverable.

I am not sure if you can filter the results when using recuva. If so, filter for jpg or jpeg file extension. Or conversely, organize the files by file extension after a list is built.

Get recuva at the link below. I will not harm your present version of Windows. Just don't attempt to restore any system files back.

http://www.piriform.com/recuva


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#3
February 22, 2011 at 21:00:56
You can recover your photos from any hard drive till it has not been overwritten, with the help of data recovery software. Recently i use the Stellar windows recovery software when i lost photos and video of my bro's marriage, due to accidentally deleted. The software can recover all my photos back.
You can try the demo version of software, it shows preview of retrieved files, so that you can get the idea whether the software is helpful to you or not.

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#4
February 23, 2011 at 05:35:20
No need to buy software. Recuva will do the same thing for free.

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