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#1 DeeaMan

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:16 AM

Heya! I recovered some of my lost photos with a recovering software, but some of the BMP files look just... horrible. Here is an example: http://i49.tinypic.com/35i26h3.jpg
Is there a way I can make this picture like the original?
Thanks, any help is appreciated!

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:24 AM

This is what I see at Tinypic:

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:28 AM

Sadly the recovered contents are not the original contents of the file. This can happen if the location where the file originally was has had those drive sectors used again for something else, in which case there's nothing that can be done about it.

Sometimes it's because the recovery software has had to guess about the location of some file contents, and has guessed wrong. Trying different recovery software might yield a better result, but maybe not... could be worth a try anyway.
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:55 AM

Sadly the recovered contents are not the original contents of the file. This can happen if the location where the file originally was has had those drive sectors used again for something else, in which case there's nothing that can be done about it.

Sometimes it's because the recovery software has had to guess about the location of some file contents, and has guessed wrong. Trying different recovery software might yield a better result, but maybe not... could be worth a try anyway.


Well, I recovered these pics long time ago, I think if I run the program now, these bmp and other jpg pictures won't even be found.. I heard that if you don't run the program just after you lose the pictures, they will be over-written.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:45 AM

Yes, in that case your options are more limited, the longer the drive is in use, the more likely previous content is to have been overwritten. I suppose you could be very lucky and find some original contents - but has the drive been defragmented since, or become very full? If it has then you could be almost 100% certain original contents no longer exist.

If you're restricted to the files as recovered, it will depend on just how corrupted they are whether there's any chance of restoring them, at least partially. There are various programs claiming to be able to attempt restoration of corrupted image files, but I have no experience myself which if any could possibly be successful, and are not scams. Someone else could have a recommendation.

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