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#1 cwilsn

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 02:21 PM

My daughter's Windows 10 laptop had some serious malware/viruses and after removing it a lot of her pics and files got corrupted. I've tried running several windows tools with no luck as well.

 

I've tested quite a few third party software claiming to restore/recover corrupted pics but none have worked so far.

 

Any ideas on a legit software/tool that will restore corrupted pics/files?

 

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 10:29 AM

Yes, TestDisk, more specifically its PhotoRec component.

 

What it can recover will depend on what, exactly, the malware did as far as the disc drive.  If it actually erased, as in cleared data blocks, as opposed to deleted (marking data blocks as unused and ready for reuse) it completely changes whether there's something to reconstruct files from or not.

 

If you use PhotoRec be aware that by default it will try to recover a lot more than photos.  Take a look at his "how to use" page and be certain to unselect any of the file types you have no interest in getting back as part of the recovery.  Also know that you may get multiple copies of the same photos if they've been copied to different folders over time and deleted from their original locations.  Photorec will reconstruct any file it can find sufficient information to reconstruct, including deleted files, as it is a disaster recovery program.


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Posted 13 January 2017 - 10:42 AM

Brian thanks for the input. I haven't ran across this tool in my research of recovery tools to this point. I'll definitely give a shot this weekend and let you know my findings.

 

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 12:26 PM

Just know that time really is of the essence if the machine is running and you're "doing stuff" that involves writing things to disk.

 

If the corruption was introduced by "falsely freeing" data blocks used to hold these photos the operating system's file management doesn't know that those free markers shouldn't really be free markers, it will assume a legitimate file delete, and it may allocate those blocks again for something else.

 

If you don't have time to get right on this I'd suggest turning the machine off until you do.


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Posted 13 January 2017 - 02:53 PM

I got it. Sounds like a plan.

 

Thanks Brian






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