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#1 echoroc

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 01:19 PM

OK- I had a 60gb Western Digital that i put into an external enclosure to use and access from my laptop. When i first hooked it up, it made me partion it. Ok fine, I did that, and 'lost' the data stored on it--a mixture of photos and mp3's.

So i ran PCInspector--which took like three days to fully scan. It recovered 588 files--awesome! BUT--when i opened the folder i saved too, all the files were recovered as jpegs. This is fine for the files that actually were jpegs to begin with, but now there are about 300 files with the jpg file extension that used to be mp3s.

Help!
Is there a way i can convert these back to mp3s?

Or should i just do another data recovery with a different program?

(i searched the forum before posting this and didn't see anything relevant so i made a new topic)

Thanks!

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 02:30 PM

Have you tried to change the extension on one of the files to .mp3, and seeing if that works?
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Posted 01 March 2006 - 02:45 PM

i'm not sure how. :thumbsup:

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 03:13 PM

Right click the file, and select Rename.
Then change the .jpg to .mp3

Edited by tg1911, 01 March 2006 - 03:13 PM.

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 03:55 PM

when i do that it only lets me change the actual name of the file--there isn't anywhere to change the extension. :thumbsup:

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 04:07 PM

actually i figured that part out but after i changed it it won't open in windows media player. :thumbsup:

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 04:59 PM

Sorry echoroc, I don't know what else to suggest, except to try recovery again, or try it again with another program.

Maybe someone else will come up with another suggestion.
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Posted 01 March 2006 - 05:07 PM

Testdisk

Try using testdisk it may recover all of your files for you and it's freeware.

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 05:08 PM

thanks guys--i'll try that and let you know what happens!


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Posted 01 March 2006 - 06:17 PM

You're welcome, echoroc.
Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
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Posted 02 March 2006 - 03:43 AM

Please read the testdisk documentation

Recovery of a partition

Warning: If you use TestDisk to recover lost partitions on a target hard drive by connecting the drive to a computer other than the one it was originally partitioned and formatted on, you risk the chance of having incorrect data about the drive passed along to TestDisk from the BIOS of this other computer. BIOS chips have at least two different ways of translating disk geometry, and using the wrong data may make it impossible for TestDisk to correctly recover a drive's lost partitions; or worse, you may write the wrong data to the drive's MBR, boot up the disk and then incorrectly write data to the disk leading to further corruption and loss of data. ( This may not apply to all file systems.) TestDisk tries to detect this problem.






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