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Old 09-01-2008, 06:59 AM   #1
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Computer guys, I need help

I have a pretty important family issue that I need resolved, and I cannot figure it out. This may get lengthy, so please bear with me.

My sisters laptop for school took a dump. The power socket on the motherboard fried or short circuited, and obviously it wasn't worth replacing the MB on a 3 year old laptop. So, we just went out and bought her a new one. Now, the old computer was completely dead because you could not charge it. The problem is, there were pictures of my father and me, my father and her, my father and my gf/fiance of 3 years, all of us as a family etc. during his 60th birthday party in Ocean City this year. This pictures were extremely important to my dad. He wanted to print them out and put them on his desk at work and everything. He has never really had a picture of him and I, and was really excited for this. Anyway, my sister swears she put them on her hard drive, than whiped her camera's SD card clean. So, I yanked the hard drive out of her laptop real careful like, than we bought an external enclouser for the hard drive.

Everything works, but its like half of her personal files are missing. All of her school work is missing, all of her picture folders except for one set from a year ago are missing etc. The only thing accessible are those pictures from a year ago, a World of Warcraft folder, and the windows folders.

Any of you computer guys have any idea why all of her files are hiding? I have tried a .jpg search of the drive and came up with nothing other than windows .jpgs and that one folder. I even tried searching the drive on my Linux laptop, thinking maybe windows was just being windows, and I had no luck. I really need to get these files. My father has been pretty depressed when I told him I couldn't get them out. Thanks.

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Old 09-01-2008, 08:38 AM   #2
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Issue solved. Luckily my sister took a BUNCH of pictures at a car show prior to going to dinner with us, where we took the important pictures. She had only taken about 18 new pictures and 1 new video since she erased the memory card, so I was able to recover the pictures off the memory card with a *ack* windows program Thanks anyway.

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Old 09-01-2008, 09:33 AM   #3
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Glad you were able to recover the important stuff but I'm more curious why the files on the original laptop never showed up. Did you look at that drive in disk manager ? could it have been partitioned into two drives ? You sound like you know what you are doing so it just seems strange to me. Does sony use .jpg or jpeg as an extension ? I would look for the first name of the files you recovered off the card and see if they are on the drive. I think if they use jpeg, 4 letter extension, as an extension windows won't see them. I ran into a similar problem when a customer who had a dual boot win/linux had a similar problem when her dog jumped over her IBM laptops power cord and ripped it out, plug and socket. Luckily I was able to find another T42 w/80gig HD and just swapped her 120gb in. But I had to put hers in an external, boot my T30 with hawkPE and copy files she needed NOW over to my HD and burn them to DVD.
If you know bitorrent HawkePE4.0 is a very handy tool kit to have.
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What os are you using to search the old drive?
Try booting it up with a Knoppix disc, it'll ignore any file protection windows may have used.
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Old 09-01-2008, 02:01 PM   #5
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Skeeter, I tried searching the drive in two Windows Vista comps, as well as Ubuntu (Hardy Heron version) linux.

Rich, I have no idea why the files aren't showing up on the drive. It is almost like the hard drive wont read some of the disks in the stack, or it reverted to a backup version of itself from the 1st of this year? Very odd in deed. The files were JPEGs with the .JPG three letter extension. I tried searching the drive for just .jpgs, as well as checking the camera for its naming protocol and searching for any files with the first three letters the camera automatically names the files. No dice? Very odd. I almost want to take the time to figure it out, but I was able to pull the old deleted files off the memory card anyway, so it really isn't worth looking that hard into. The hard drive was out of an HP, never been partioned other than HP installing windows. My laptop is the only computer as of right now that has two OS's on it.
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