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Odd Results With Pc Inspector, Half Photos Recovered


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#1 mindnova

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 06:41 AM

I have XP sp3 home on a laptop and crashed windows. I tried PC inspector and when it recovered photos they were bottom half solid grey and top half fine. Has anyone else had this problem and what did you do.

Now for the strange part, I used Maxtor Maxblast a free program and backed up the crashed drive with no compression. I ended up with nine 4.1 gig. sections that will fit nicely on dvd's. While looking thorugh these by just opening the files I found all my data intact and recoverable.

I though the maxtor would just make a image of the crashed OS and I could then use data recovery software to dig it out. Instead I don't need data recovery software as when it imaged it, it recovered everything to an accesable condition. Seems really strange.

If I can't get PC inspector to work I guess I will just use a demo of payware to verify what maxtor did and be happy with my results.

Oh, and here is the link to Maxtor Maxblast http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/ What appears to be a non-recovery, recovery software for free.

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#2 nigglesnush85

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 06:59 AM

Hello mindnova,

I have had that problem before, I put it down to the fact that PCInspector did not have a sophisticated recovery algorithm.

The solid part on the image is is usually an indication that part of the file has been overwritten. Recovery products all have varying levels of success when it comes to recovering certain file formats as they search and recover data using different methods.

would the hard drive in your system be a maxtor/seagate?
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Posted 16 July 2008 - 07:57 AM

No I should have listed that info. my harddrive is a western digital WD600-WD Scorpio 60 GB. So this works on non maxtor drives.

What is odd is that if the photos were partially overwritten then the drive image should have not displayed the whole photo. It's almost as if maxblast is also part recovery software it's self.

I figure what I will do is download a payware and check the files againest the image and then go ahead and format and repair my drive.

Maybe I just got lucky it seems to be how I have been learning about computers is 70% luck and 30% hardheadedness.
Shame it won't cut it on a job interview.

Thanks

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 09:15 AM

Maxblast must be an advanced tool to do that. It would be interesting to see if it can stand up with commercial products.
70%luck and 30%hard-headedness is a great combination.
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