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Ok OCN I need some serious help getting my Honeymoon pictures back. Let me first explain my hardware setup then the situation.

Camera with SD card
PC with 3 HDD partitions. I have my SSD as 1 big OS partition and my 640GB HDD with an OS partition and storage partition.

-Took pictures of honeymoon
-Wife uploads pictures to one of my OS partitions (don't know which) to make room for more pictures.
-Wife doesn't tell me about upload.
-Wife takes some more pictures.
-PC BSOD while playing D3.
-PC BSOD while trying to load windows 7.
-Ask Wife if there is anything "special" on the SSD OS partition, reply is no.
-Delete OS partition on SSD.
-Attempt to install windows on fresh SSD partition... PC gives error.
-During troubleshooting, delete OS partition on HDD
-Attempt to install windows on fresh HDD partion... PC gives error.
-Perform Memtest
-Memtest fails on 2 sticks of RAM.
-Remove bad RAM.
-Install windows 7 on OS partion of SSD
-A day later, Wife mentions honeymoon pictures in "My Pictures" and I get worried.
-Search HDD storage partition, no honeymoon pictures found.
-Tell Wife I think we've lost our honeymoon pictures. She cries... a lot.

So... knowing all that, is there anything I can do? From what I've read online so far, it looks like there is still a chance to recover the data as long as it hasn't been overwritten yet.

I think I can try to recover them on the SD card, hoping they haven't been overwritten. Do you know of any good programs for this?

My other option, I think, is to recover them from my SSD (or HDD if that's where she saved it). Do you know of any good programs for this?

Any help is greatly appreciated as these were the only photos of our honeymoon frown.gif
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Try something like Recuva. If it's not been overwritten, yes, there's a chance you can get some (or all). Any disk writes at all can overwrite a small part of them, so act sooner rather than later!
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Thanks Princess Garnet! I will have to try that when I get home. Can I save that to my storage drive and run it from there or does it have to be on the OS partition of my SSD?
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It depends where it is. I don't think Recuva is any good at scanning after new partitions have been created, and in any case the majority of the data when you delete and create a new partiton/install windows will have been overwritten.

Where did your 'my pictures' point to? As if it was the library version of Pictures then it is wherever it was set to (sounds like your storage partition).

Also might be worth checking if your wife used a program to handle the moving of the pictures from the SD card (like Lightroom photo import, or Picasa, or Windows built in etc) as there's a chance they put them somewhere other than where you think they might be.

And Recuva you can install anywhere, although to be honest I don't think it's able to recover from deleted partitions once new ones have been created. Although if you do recover anything, make sure to recover it to a different disk, as you want to minimise writes to the disk that might overwrite blocks of data.

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I think it sounds like a reason to go on a second honeymoon.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by VW_TDI_02 View Post

I think it sounds like a reason to go on a second honeymoon.

tru. wink.gif

You should try using Recuva which might work.
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It depends where it is. I don't think Recuva is any good at scanning after new partitions have been created, and in any case the majority of the data when you delete and create a new partiton/install windows will have been overwritten.
Where did your 'my pictures' point to? As if it was the library version of Pictures then it is wherever it was set to (sounds like your storage partition).
Also might be worth checking if your wife used a program to handle the moving of the pictures from the SD card (like Lightroom photo import, or Picasa, or Windows built in etc) as there's a chance they put them somewhere other than where you think they might be.
And Recuva you can install anywhere, although to be honest I don't think it's able to recover from deleted partitions once new ones have been created. Although if you do recover anything, make sure to recover it to a different disk, as you want to minimise writes to the disk that might overwrite blocks of data.
Good luck!

Do you recommend any other program for my specific case? The My Pictures was just the default location which is now empty. I asked my wife what she named the folder and she said honeymoon. I searched "honeymoon" and "honey" and "moon" using windows search in my storage partition... no results frown.gif
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I think it sounds like a reason to go on a second honeymoon.

Yeah, but I'd still like to have pictures from the first!
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Do you know if your wife formatted the SD card when she put it back in the camera? I know you said she downloaded the card to make room, but I know my wife tends to download pics, then just keep shooting until the card is completely full...then she calls me... rolleyes.gif

Otherwise if all the above fails, what about pulling the drive and trying to read it from another computer?

Hope it helps and I wish you Good Luck,

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Do you know if your wife formatted the SD card when she put it back in the camera? I know you said she downloaded the card to make room, but I know my wife tends to download pics, then just keep shooting until the card is completely full...then she calls me... rolleyes.gif
Otherwise if all the above fails, what about pulling the drive and trying to read it from another computer?
Hope it helps and I wish you Good Luck,
Rich

She wouldn't have done any formatting. She would have just continued to take pictures like your wife would lol.

Wouldn't taking the drive out and plugging it into another computer just show the same files?
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post #10 of 23
Since you dont have idea how to recover them and you realy want pics back go to PC service and ask them to recover for you.
By trying urself you might acctualy make all worse.
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