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Windows 7: HELP!!! RECOVER Public Pictures Folder AFTER reformatting harddrive!!!


26 Sep 2012   #1

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HELP!!! RECOVER Public Pictures Folder AFTER reformatting harddrive!!!

Hello,

I have a major problem. Because my laptop was having problems involving the 'blue screen of death', I chose to backup my files to an external portable harddrive before reformatting the entire drive.

However, when opening the backup folder, I discovered that my art folder, located in the 'PUBLIC PICTURES' folder was not to be found.

What is the BEST method to recover the files from the 'PUBLIC PICTURES' folder? I had almost 5GIGS worth of pictures.

I KNOW there is a way to recover the files, but not sure if they will even be located in the Public Pictures folder. Is it possible that after reformatting, Windows 7 relocated the contents of the 'Public Pictures' folder to another place on the drive?

Is it possible to restore the folder to previous versions AFTER reformatting the drive?

Can someone PLEASE help me?? This is seven years worth of photos I saved that I'm desperately trying to recover.

THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH for your patience and assistance.

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27 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home premium
 
 

Can someone please help me? I'd really need to recovery these files WITH the exact file names associated to them.

Does anyone know of a free method to recover them from the 'PUBLIC PICTURES' folder AFTER reformatting the harddrive?

Would appreciate any help!!
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27 Sep 2012   #3

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Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!
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27 Sep 2012   #4

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

What kind of format did you do?

If it was a quick format - you should be able to recover files .

Full format , nope.
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27 Sep 2012   #5

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If you did a quick - and you haven't written anything to it since, you should be able to get full recovery.

You need an operating system from which you can see the quick formatted drive.

If you only want pictures, Zar is the one.

Demo version includes fully functional image recovery , free.

Digital image recovery - ZAR usage demo

It doesn't have to ba card or camera - you can point it at a drive.
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27 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home premium
 
 

Hi!!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH FOR YOUR REPLIES!!!

I'm not absolutely sure which kind of reformat was performed. What is the difference between
a QUICK format and a FULL format?

Currently, I'm using PhotoRec to recover the files, but since then I mistakenly recovered ON the desired
drive, 6GIGS worth.

What should I do at this point?
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27 Sep 2012   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

STOP.

Do not wite anything to the same drive you are recovering from.

If photorec is finding files - looks like it was quick format.

Copy the files you already recovered onto another drive.

Continue recovering - always recover to another drive.

If photorec lookes like it is doing the job - may as well keep using that.
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27 Sep 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home premium
 
 

Okay....Do you know of ANY way to recovery the ORIGINAL file names and the Dates created? I am recovering THOUSANDS of photos from artists, and previously they were named a certain way.

I saw that 'Wondershare' might be able to do it, but is there an open source software or alternative to recover
original file names?

THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO VERY MUCH for your speedy replies and assistance by the way!!! You are a GODSEND!!
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27 Sep 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home premium
 
 

Separate question regarding the same issue:

So, because of the 'blue screen of death', we backed up the OLD backup and a NEW backup to an external harddrive.

Do you know where the files from the 'PUBLIC PICTURES' folder would be located WITHIN the backup folder?

I searched it constantly, but was AMAZED that Windows 7 didn't backup the 'Public Pictures' folder within the
Backup folder.

Am I missing something? I know that the folder was worth almost 4.5Gigs of pictures, both PNG and JPG.

Is it possible to still save myself from all this recovery trouble by just navigating to the correct folder, maybe a
'hidden' folder within the backup file? That way, ALL the original file names and 'original created date' names would
still be intact.

THANKS AGAIN for your input!!!
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27 Sep 2012   #10

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Try Recuva - tick under options restore folder structure.

http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download/portable
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