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Windows 7: External HDD with all pictures corrupted. Help with recovering.

26 Aug 2010   #21

Windows 7 32bit

I use File Scavenger, it has always recovered my deleted files.

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26 Aug 2010   #22

Windows 7

Hi Ben

tel me wat do yu mean by corrupted...
1. the picture is there and when yu try to open it, it says the file cannot be open? or any errors...
2. THe HDD itself is not detected?

tel me the scenario i'll giv yu the best way to recover by sitting at home itself.
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26 Aug 2010   #23

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

He has indicated that he had deleted a partition. The approach to recovering is different when a partition has been deleted which is why some of the recognized products in this area have been suggested to him.
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29 Aug 2010   #24

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

I never said I deleted a partition. Heres the story.

My computer came with xp on it, when 7 came out I installed 7 on a seperate partition and then eventually deleted the xp partition, but before doing that all my family photos that were on the xp partition were put on my external hdd. And then said hdd corrupted somehow and windows does recognize it, but it asks me to format, which for obvious reasons I don't want to do. So then I though instead of messing with the hdd I could maybe recover the xp partition and get the photos off of it again, but I think I'd rather just go with recovering straight from the hdd.

Well, I guess I did delete a partition, but I don't necessarily need to recover it. Just me thinking..
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29 Aug 2010   #25

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Disregarding the fact that you have deleted a partition.

You now have files from that partion, from before you deleted that partition on another drive but you can not read the files.

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30 Aug 2010   #26

Windows 7

if yu hav deledted the XP partition it possible to recover from it.. but it a little complicated procedure... better recover it from the hdd itself.... try accessing your HDD in different machine... may be it can work... n yu can get a backup... if the hdd is stil not recognised, then try changin the USB cable n see.. may be its faulty .....

try these simple steps n let me knw the result... :)
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30 Aug 2010   #27

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

Ok I think I'll try Recuva

kituhi1234, I plugged it into my laptop, because I have had problems with it connecting to my main computer before and connecting it to the laptop worked. This time, however, it didn't.
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30 Aug 2010   #28

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

I know there are a lot of fans of Recuva here (I am one myself), so I'm not trying to talk you out of using it. If it doesn't do the job for some reason, try PhotoRec - CGSecurity. It is specifically designed for that sort of job.

PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and lost pictures (thus the Photo Recovery name) from digital camera memory. PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's file system has been severely damaged or reformatted.
It's from the same outfit that makes the great software WHS mentioned here:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
What is the nature of the corruption. If it is just the MFT, that can be fixed from the mirror.
TestDisk - CGSecurity
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 External HDD with all pictures corrupted. Help with recovering.

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