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  Reply # 951794 13-Dec-2013 18:02 Send private message

The headers look a bit odd. You may be able to repair them.
http://www.fastgraph.com/help/jpeg_header_format.html

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  Reply # 951802 13-Dec-2013 18:11 Send private message

Those files definitely look corrupt to me if they're jpeg. There's lots of runs of the same character, which just doesn't happen in a jpeg. jpeg files start with a specific 4 characters, none of your files have them.




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  Reply # 951815 13-Dec-2013 18:22 Send private message

try the forums on dpreview.com
smugmug.com    (forums)
nikonians.org

see if they can help

make a back up of the files  maybe cant get them open today, but something may happen in six mths
try also sandisk recovery / lexar    forums free recovery software...

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  Reply # 951817 13-Dec-2013 18:28 Send private message

Life is full of lessons, some of us take longer to learn, some are so money crazy to be better then scots people
$40 US smugmug.com  (14days free) ,  unlimited photos videos, gigs, they are backed up in 4 states, 1 in canada(?)
have 40 gig up 8 yrs now cant fault them use my email addy get discount !
I still have a 12 terra synology cooking away, but trust Smugmug implicitly.



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  Reply # 951825 13-Dec-2013 18:42 Send private message

semigeek: Did you take these pics with a Kodak by any chance, like the person says above, the first one is coming up as a PCD



some might have been - but the corrupted ones weren't - 90% of the photos were taken with either a Canon digital camera, or LG mobile phone - and some other random people's phones/tablets etc - 



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  Reply # 951834 13-Dec-2013 18:44 Send private message

andrewNZ: Irfanview claims the first one is a pcd file (but it's no good when it opens), the other two it says it can't read the header...
It's fair to say it's not looking flash.

I'd start thinking of things like:

Did I keep them somewhere else for a bit (laptop, ipad, etc), and are they still there.
Did I email any to someone, is it therefore still in my sent items or their inbox.
Did I upload some to ____.
Did they get included in some other backup. Apple Time machine backups perhaps.
Does ____ still have the ones they took.


Already am thinking like that - getting some back - but still really want the rest...


Does anyone here by any chance have the creative memories software? as I've got 6 files that were created in there - and if I recall correctly - its all the photos in 1 file or something that they set it up as?? my partner is the one that uses it so not 100% sure how it works - and she's at work tonight (thankfully LOL)....



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  Reply # 951835 13-Dec-2013 18:45 Send private message

Have you tried File Juicer for Mac? 
http://echoone.com/filejuicer/




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Android: Have it your way



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  Reply # 951836 13-Dec-2013 18:45 Send private message

kiwi1: try the forums on dpreview.com
smugmug.com    (forums)
nikonians.org

see if they can help

make a back up of the files  maybe cant get them open today, but something may happen in six mths
try also sandisk recovery / lexar    forums free recovery software...


I live chatted apple (hence my delay in replying to posts) they say theres been issues with a lot of external drives and mavericks - and suggested I try the wondershare data recovery - would that assist me in this?? even if its the headers thats corrupted?



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  Reply # 951841 13-Dec-2013 19:10 Send private message

semigeek: Have you tried File Juicer for Mac? 
http://echoone.com/filejuicer/


'll give it a go

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  Reply # 951843 13-Dec-2013 19:19 Send private message

kiwichris83:  I transferred everything to an external HDD 


Moving your files from the local drive/camera to a single external drive is not a backup that's just moving the files. Relying on a single disk is highly risky because all drives fail eventually.

Having your files only on a single physical disk is not a backup.

kiwichris83:

and just to compound my frustrations - the CDs won't LOAD!!!! no matter how many computers I try them on?!?!?!?!?!



That's weird how old are the CD's? Have you tested them in the past?

An untested backup is not a backup.







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  Reply # 951848 13-Dec-2013 19:22 Send private message

Ragnor:
kiwichris83:  I transferred everything to an external HDD 


Moving your files from the local drive/camera to a single external drive is not a backup that's just moving the files. Relying on a single disk is highly risky because all drives fail eventually.

Having your files only on a single physical disk is not a backup.

kiwichris83:

and just to compound my frustrations - the CDs won't LOAD!!!! no matter how many computers I try them on?!?!?!?!?!



That's weird how old are the CD's? Have you tested them in the past?

An untested backup is not a backup.






CDs were being accessed often in the past 6-7 months - and the TB hdd came on special so I grabbed one - and it was going to be 2x backups (cds AND external) and I was also looking at online cloud as well so theres 3 - but didn't quite get to the cloud yet....

I backed up mid of last year as I remember doing it before i started university placement so wanted to take all images off computer so computer can be used on placement - but as i said - they've been used often....

cds have been fine until now - its just bad luck that when the hdd fails - the cds fail as well lol...

must be karma for something lol....



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  Reply # 951866 13-Dec-2013 19:35 Send private message

kiwichris83: 

cds have been fine until now - its just bad luck that when the hdd fails - the cds fail as well lol...



It's highly unlikely all your cd's/dvd's would magically fail at the same time. Were they left somewhere really hot or cold?

Can you try them in a friends machine?



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  Reply # 951868 13-Dec-2013 19:37 Send private message

Ragnor:
kiwichris83: 

cds have been fine until now - its just bad luck that when the hdd fails - the cds fail as well lol...



It's highly unlikely all your cd's/dvd's would magically fail at the same time. Were they left somewhere really hot or cold?

Can you try them in a friends machine?


only 1 cd/2dvds and i've tried in 4 machines - will be trying a winxp tomorrow as it was made on a winxp - so hopefully that will do something - 

i've kept them in a cupboard always - but they were in a very warm room the other week - (not direct sunlight but the room was very very warm) would that have caused a shock from being in cold dark places for ages then all of a sudden its the sunlight for miles....

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  Reply # 951870 13-Dec-2013 19:40 Send private message

kiwichris83:
Ragnor:
kiwichris83: 

cds have been fine until now - its just bad luck that when the hdd fails - the cds fail as well lol...



It's highly unlikely all your cd's/dvd's would magically fail at the same time. Were they left somewhere really hot or cold?

Can you try them in a friends machine?


only 1 cd/2dvds and i've tried in 4 machines - will be trying a winxp tomorrow as it was made on a winxp - so hopefully that will do something - 

i've kept them in a cupboard always - but they were in a very warm room the other week - (not direct sunlight but the room was very very warm) would that have caused a shock from being in cold dark places for ages then all of a sudden its the sunlight for miles....


What brand of CD are they? Not sony are they, as I had phtos on those, and they all flaked after a few years. Do they look like they are flaking or delaminated?  Sounds strange that you are having problems with both CDs and HD. You could try taking the CD's into a photo place to see if their machines can access them.

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  Reply # 952027 14-Dec-2013 08:32 Send private message

For what it's worth... And I am not a PC guru...

I had a peek at one of the Dropbox JPG's you made available, and the header does not look like a normal JPG file, but within the JPG code there is lots on meaningful stuff including references to other file names that you have used. And that does not seem correct to me, to have that type of information contained within a JPG file.

For example, in your file IMG_4420.jpg the following is contained on line 2916 and can't be part of a JPG file...

        A Star.Trek.III.The.Search.For.Spock.1984.720p.BRrip.x264.YIFY.srt   &          WWW.YIFY-TORRENTS.COM.jpg or+   ¯        Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)   C       7 Star.Trek.Into.Darkness.2013.720p.BluRay.x264.YIFY.mp4   
  &        WWW.YIFY-TORRENTS.COM.jpg 01  C
        7 Star.Trek.Into.Darkness.2013.720p.BluRay.x264.YIFY.mp4   &         WWW.YIFY-TORRENTS.COM.jpg 010  ¯       $ Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979)   G      ; Star.Trek.The.Motion.Picture.1979.720p.BRrip.x264.YIFY.mp4        Gá á
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And lines 2198 thru 2236 is actually HTML code!


So, my conclusion is that the data on the HDD may still be OK, but the FAT table may be corrupt, resulting in random, but valid intact code being selected when you choose a given file. To this end, a professional may still be able to retrieve your files.

I suggest you seek professional help now before you damage the information beyond recovery.

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