Ayuda me! We lost all of our pictures:(

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  1. he beholds

    he beholds Puritan Board Doctor

    Does anyone know how to retrieve items that are hidden somewhere in the depths of computerland?
    I have tried a few free downloads, like undelete-plus, but to no avail. I don't know if I simply don't quite know how to retrieve them or they have already been overwritten. I can't imagine that all have been overwritten, though.

    Our computer crashed, so we had to re-install the OS. I chose the option of the lesser re-install, where things would maybe be retrievable, and many programs were...but none of our pictures or documents.

    I have most pictures backed up on CD and the newest ones are on facebook, so all hope is not lost. However, facebook makes them smaller when you put them there, so they are no longer of great printing quality.

    Any help is appreciated.

    Shalom,
    jessi
     
  2. Tim

    Tim Puritan Board Graduate

    Before you give up, there is always a computer shop hard-drive recovery service. But this would cost, although I'm not sure how much.
     
  3. panta dokimazete

    panta dokimazete Panting Donkey Machete

    if you haven't - do a search on the drive(s) for *.*gif and *.*jpg as a start and see what turns up.
     
  4. he beholds

    he beholds Puritan Board Doctor

    Where do I search for these? Click Start, expand that, and then use the "seach" tool?

    And do I type *.*jpg

    with the asterisks, just as above?

    Or .jpg without the asterisks?


    Or is that what you are suggesting I search for when using undelete-plus?

    Thanks!!!
     
  5. panta dokimazete

    panta dokimazete Panting Donkey Machete

    yes - try that first - see what you get

    -----Added 12/15/2008 at 02:22:14 EST-----

    Also - which OS? May have some more specific advice...
     
  6. LawrenceU

    LawrenceU Puritan Board Doctor

    We were able to pull up about half of our pictures using the search function. I had to have my computer tech pull up the rest with his miracle recovery software.

    Ahem. Backing up is so easy. I just never backed up all my pictures. Now I do.
     
  7. he beholds

    he beholds Puritan Board Doctor

    Well, I did it first as .gif, then did *.*gif, then *.jpg, then *.*jpg and I can see the names of my missing files in the Searching C:\My Backup--08-12-13 0433PM\Documents and Settings\Owner\My Documents\My Pictures\2007\...(names of smaller folders)

    So I see that those folders are there, but no pictures are turning up:(
    The first time I did it with .gif a lot of clip art-type symbols did show up in the search. But no pictures. And these last ones (with the various asterisks) are coming up with: "Search is complete. There are no results to display."

    -----Added 12/15/2008 at 02:34:57 EST-----

    It is an XP Media Center Edition 2005 Operating System Disc Dual-Core that came with our emachines computer in 2006
     
  8. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    Yes. Everyone should factor in about $50-60 in the cost a new computer for an external hard drive. It is not if a hard drive will crash, but when.
     
  9. he beholds

    he beholds Puritan Board Doctor

    YAY!! I'm finding some! Can I save them directly onto a CD, so I don't overwrite? Or onto a memory card? Or I can wait until my husband gets home with a flash drive, if I must. I know I've read not to re-save onto harddrive, b/c that will overwrite some.
    I cannot make a new section right on my computer where they can safely go, can I?


    Oh, I am sooooooooo happy! Thank you guys soooooo much. We could not afford going the professional route, so I was trying to resign myself to the loss of these pictures!
     
  10. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    I would wait for the flash drive. Easiest, less chance for a problem.
     
  11. he beholds

    he beholds Puritan Board Doctor

    OK, so that's how you really back the computer up? Not just saving on CDs...
    What should I type in to seach for documents? .doc?
     
  12. asc

    asc Puritan Board Sophomore


    I'm definitely no computer expert, but I back up all my family photos on 2 (duplicate) external hard drives. The typical cheap writeable CD isn't so durable and may not keep you data intact for very long. External hard drives are very simple to use, and memory is super cheap these days.
     
  13. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    Yes, that is how you back it up. You can set it to automatically backup with the right program.

    When searching for documents, I would think you would search for *.doc (unless you have Office 2007, then you would also search for *.docx
     
  14. TimV

    TimV Puritanboard Botanist

    Jessica, got to Google, and download the Google desktop. It goes through your computer and turns it into a mini Google, and you should be able to find everything. I use it to find stuff like pictures, lost emails etc..

    And while you're at it, Google's Picassa 3 is a great, free way to edit, upload, organize etc.. your pictures. It's what I always use.
     
  15. davidsuggs

    davidsuggs Puritan Board Freshman

    Well since I am of no help with technological issues, I figured I would assist with your spanish lol its not "ayuda me," its actually "me ayudan" :)
     
  16. panta dokimazete

    panta dokimazete Panting Donkey Machete

    concur
     
  17. Davidius

    Davidius Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    What does ayuda mean?
     
  18. panta dokimazete

    panta dokimazete Panting Donkey Machete

    concur - I have half a terabyte...and I still backup online, too :lol:
     
  19. TimV

    TimV Puritanboard Botanist

    Ayudar is the verb to help, and if you want some one to help you, you say what Jessica said ayuda me. If you're asking more than one person, you can say ayudan me, but what she said is fine. Me ayudan means they help me.

    (Ayuda me is a phrase tree surgeons with Hispanic employees need readily on their lips in case of emergency, believe me)
     
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2008
  20. Grace Alone

    Grace Alone Puritan Board Senior

    I also have all my pictures in "My Pictures" and know I need to back them up. So Picassa 3 keeps them online for you? That would be great! Is there a limit as to how many you can store? I am ashamed to admit it, but I have pictures a year old still on my camera memory card!
     
  21. he beholds

    he beholds Puritan Board Doctor

    Gracis, pero creo que si es la palabra correcta. (Pero olvido mucho espanol.)

    Gracias, amigo! I thought so. I have used that phrase in Spanish speaking countries before and did receive help.
     
  22. TimV

    TimV Puritanboard Botanist

    Yes, Janis, you can do it with their web albums or another host. I use pbase, which is 2 dollars per month. I suppose for high quality pictures it would be better to back them up, a when you upload picture to the net they can lose a bit of quality, although normally not enough to notice.
     
  23. he beholds

    he beholds Puritan Board Doctor

    Does Picassa re-size the pictures? Does it also just go in and take them all, if I have now downloaded google desktop--which is really cool looking, by the way. I have to try to figure out what all there is to do with it.
    Thanks!

    I think I found all of my pictures by doing that search and when I found one, I clicked on properties, which told me where that picture was coming from, and I copied that address (C:\My Backup--08-12-13 0433PM...) and put it into Run and found all of the folders still in tact!
    Thank you all so much!!!
     
  24. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

  25. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    RIch,

    Why is IDrive better than Mozy or Carbonite?
     
  26. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    I tried both Fred and both Mozy and Carbonite were incredibly slow and/or unreliable.

    I like the idea that they fix the space at 150GB for $4.95/month (which is an awful lot). Their software always works and the uploads are very fast.

    PLUS (and this is a big plus), you can back up multiple computers with each account. In other words, Carbonite and Mozy theoretically offer unlimited storage but it is on a per computer basis. Thus, if you have multiple computers to back up in a home then iDrive is much better.

    I'm certain that Mozy and Carbonite have improved since I left Carbonite about 1 year ago and then Mozy about 6 months ago but I've been very happy with iDrive so far.
     
  27. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    Thanks. That is good to hear. I'll likely try it at least as a free version to start with.
     
  28. asc

    asc Puritan Board Sophomore

    if I may ask, why is this important? it seems pricey.
     
  29. panta dokimazete

    panta dokimazete Panting Donkey Machete

    for me, the "why" is hurricanes...
     
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