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Computer problems, aka computer says no
« on: April 15, 2010, 05:21:31 pm »
Question for all you techy people out there, I have tried myself but no luck......

I transfered some pictures from my digital camera onto my computer, then the battery ran out and it switched off during transfer so the pictures that transfered before the camera switched off were in the folder that I set up on my pictures.

I put new batteries in the camera and transfered the remaining pictures onto the computer, all was fine.

I created 3 new picture folders and the transfered pictures were in there yesterday, left the computer on overnight and came back to the office this morning. I go to the picture folders and all 3 folders are empty but they were there yesterday.

Checked the recycle bin, not much in there apart from a few word docs and thats it. I have tried seaching the hard drive and each picture folder, no joy.

Any ideas as to how they just vanished?  ???

Im running windows XP if that helps.

Thanks
 

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Re: Computer problems, aka computer says no
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2010, 07:48:28 pm »
hi

i would say if they are not on the camera or on the pc they are gone from easy access.

There are data recovery company's that will look at the drive but this costs.

Basically the pictures (if definitely transferred) are still there on the hard drive, its just that the table of contents (TOC) isnt mapping to them as it thinks they have been deleted.

good luck with it

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Re: Computer problems, aka computer says no
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2010, 07:50:38 pm »
as a side

if you download picasa from google (other programmes are available :)  ) and install it and then make it search the entire drive for pictures it will hoover off all images and you may find they are in another location

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Re: Computer problems, aka computer says no
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2010, 10:27:13 pm »
Damm, I will try my best to find them as I did need them for reference............

I have a memory card reader so I will take that in and check the memory card, I cant really afford a data recovery company so I will take a look at the programs that you suggested and go from there. The woman switched off the wrong plug for about a second and the screen went off and had to log back into windows so that may have caused it but not too sure.

Thanks for your suggestion anyway.

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Re: Computer problems, aka computer says no
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2010, 09:06:43 am »
It's possible something has got corrupted.

In 'My Computer' right click on the C drive (or whatever drive the pictures were on) and select properties, then tools, then Error Checking. It's possible that this will fix the problem.

Alternatively you may have inadvertently moved the pictures somewhere else. A simple search of the entire drive for .JPG or whatever extension used might find them somewhere else.
 

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Re: Computer problems, aka computer says no
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2010, 10:26:37 am »
A suggestion for the future.

I always copy from the memory card and check they have been saved on the computer before deleting from the card.  If you move the pictures and something untowards happens, they can be lost as may be the situation here.

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Re: Computer problems, aka computer says no
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2010, 03:32:09 pm »

I always copy from the memory card and check they have been saved on the computer before deleting from the card. 

Me too


Just a couple of thoughts:
Do you have other user accounts on your computer that the pictures may have been saved to?
You could do a system restore but I don't think that would make much difference

Sasquatch's suggestion sounds a good idea and to defrag.

Also the other suggestion to do a search on your hard drive for .jpg with a from date of say a week ago.  They could be in a temporary folder with a strange name.

Good luck - let us know how you get on
 

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Re: Computer problems, aka computer says no
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2010, 07:08:52 pm »
if you search *.jpg in the search window it will get all files prefixed .jpg.

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Re: Computer problems, aka computer says no
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2010, 07:13:25 pm »
also as stated it is a good idea to defragment the drive but this will only make the file system faster to access, sadly it will not correct any faults on the drive.

if you find files are disappearing or not transferring it may be a write issue on the hard drive which generally indicates its failing.

if you want to upgrade your pc look at

ebuyer.com

the prices there will shock you against those charged by larger retailers.

i use them all the time-and no i dont work for them (im a sound engineer) but they are very good....other retailers are available of course :)

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Re: Computer problems, aka computer says no
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2010, 04:14:09 pm »
Thanks for the advice, much appreciated. I am still looking into it, I agree with you Bob I will copy next time instead of move the file.......  ;D

In reply to Angels response, it only has my profile on the machine and thats linked up to the work server with 4 other computers.

Computers are far too complex these days, I did IT at scholl but for some reason they dont go into detail about defrags or pictures vanishing during the night. Perhaps I have a ghost in my machine and it enjoys making my day that more enjoyable  :-\.


Oliver
 

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