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Windows 7: Deleted Picture Folder

05 Apr 2010   #11
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

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To help others tell which one you used.
Tell them the one that worked or the ones that didn't work?

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It should be compressed. It is suggested that you back up the HD on a separate hard drive, in case of hard drive failure.

Free Backup Software: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Overview

You also have the capablity to back up with system image, part of the OS.
I'm still new to all of this and a bit confused. I'm backing up the library files, make a system image and am putting it on my external harddrive.

Compressing as in using WinRar or PowerArchiver and compressing the files? And then extracting them when you want to restore them?
Yes, just tell us which method that you used. I made two suggestions to help you find your pictures. You reported that it worked and I was very happy for your. I merely, suggested that you report which method you used, so other members may be helped.


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05 Apr 2010   #12
TheTalker

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I used DmitryBrant.com DiskDigger and it worked! I was able to retrieve my pictures. It was fast too! Had the pictures back in about three minutes. Thanks so much Rich!

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There are various ways to backup your pictures:

1. Easiest is to just copy the whole folder to an external drive, USB stick or even amother partition in the system.
2. Next level would be to define a seperate data partition and backup that partition. I would use free Macrium because it is the easiest to use, fast and reliable.
3. The ultimate procedure is to image the whole system including the data (partition if any). Again I do that with Macrium. This video tutorial shows you the whole cycle. I have scheduled the imaging for every morning when I turn on the machine. This way I always have a recent image and can face any situation during the day.

Note:
1. If you loose just 1 file, you can retrieve that from the images seperately. No need to do a full restore for just 1 or 2 files.
2. you don't have to worry about compression. Macrium does that automatically. With the default compression ratio, the image ends up to be about 55% of the source.
Alright, I'm going to try this method. Thank you.
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05 Apr 2010   #13
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheTalker View Post
I used DmitryBrant.com DiskDigger and it worked! I was able to retrieve my pictures. It was fast too! Had the pictures back in about three minutes. Thanks so much Rich!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
There are various ways to backup your pictures:

1. Easiest is to just copy the whole folder to an external drive, USB stick or even amother partition in the system.
2. Next level would be to define a seperate data partition and backup that partition. I would use free Macrium because it is the easiest to use, fast and reliable.
3. The ultimate procedure is to image the whole system including the data (partition if any). Again I do that with Macrium. This video tutorial shows you the whole cycle. I have scheduled the imaging for every morning when I turn on the machine. This way I always have a recent image and can face any situation during the day.

Note:
1. If you loose just 1 file, you can retrieve that from the images seperately. No need to do a full restore for just 1 or 2 files.
2. you don't have to worry about compression. Macrium does that automatically. With the default compression ratio, the image ends up to be about 55% of the source.
Alright, I'm going to try this method. Thank you.
Thank you for reporting back. You can, also, try system image for an image of your hard drive. It is already part of your OS. Macrium, as suggested, is also very good as is Paragon.
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05 Apr 2010   #14
TheTalker

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

What exactly is a System Image and a Restore Disk?
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05 Apr 2010   #15
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

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What exactly is a System Image and a Restore Disk?
I am not sure where you read those terms; from me or WHS, but I think this is what you mean when you refer to a restore disk.



System Image is built into your OS. Type System Image, in help and support, by start and you will get a complete description.
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05 Apr 2010   #16
TheTalker

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Okay, I know what a System Image is now.

But I have another question. What is the difference, besides one being a CD, between a System Image and Bootable Rescue CD? (The latter is from Macrium.) Is the latter used in case the System Images can't be reached?
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05 Apr 2010   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The system image is a copy of your system (e.g. on an external disk). The Rescue CD contains the program (plus a little Linux distro to run it) that pulls your system image in. This has to be laoded from the CD reader (the boot sequence in your BIOS may have to be set to load from CD first - but most times the BIOS is already set up that way). The assumption is, that in most cases when you have to load the image that the whole system is dead. But loading from CD is always possible.
If you watch the video I made, it should become clear. (I know, 30 minutes is long but it explains the whole cycle).
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05 Apr 2010   #18
TheTalker

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'm watching the video now and am about 18 minutes in. I think I understand now.

I first store the System Image on an external hard drive. If my computer won't start or something then I mount the Restore CD, press F10 at the bootup screen and then go through the Macrium setup and choose the image I want from the external hard drive that I saved it to.

Is this correct?
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05 Apr 2010   #19
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Dont know about f10 etc, but yes you are correct.
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05 Apr 2010   #20
TheTalker

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Oops, I'm probably wrong about the F10 thing. Sorry. It might be Esc. Whatever button accesses the Boot Menu.

I'm going to ask WHS if he can send me the pictures that he shows in his guide.

Thank you very much everyone for your help!!
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