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  Reply # 952033 14-Dec-2013 08:56 Send private message

Nice spotting. If that's the case a standard data recovery program might be enough to get much of it back. Recuva on a PC, something else on a mac no doubt.

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  Reply # 952051 14-Dec-2013 09:37 Send private message

Hiamie: 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.


 thats actually NOT a jpeg - thats meant to be a .srt file which is captions - as I download captions from yify or sub scene to watch movies with -   I couldn't tell what the file was when I uploaded to dropbox.... 

strangely that somehow my files were all converted to jpeg? as that one you've put up is definitely not meant to be a jpeg?







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  Reply # 952055 14-Dec-2013 09:42 Send private message

could the transfer from cd to hdd have been screwed up somehow and folders were mashed up? as i had a subtitle folder on the hdd - and a photos folder? but then deleted the subtitles folder as after transferring images to it I decided to use it purely as a backup of photos rather than a hdd I carry around with stuff on it...

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  Reply # 952068 14-Dec-2013 09:58 Send private message

Hence my conclusion the the File Allocation Table (FAT) is corrupted only. The HDD data is probably still good, but the indexing to it is faulty - hence when you ask for a given file, you actually get pointed to an unrelated bit of code on the HDD.

My understanding is that there may be a backup FAT table available on the HDD, so seeking professional advice now may be prudent - before the FAT tables become totally destroyed.



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  Reply # 952070 14-Dec-2013 10:00 Send private message

Hiamie: Hence my conclusion the the File Allocation Table (FAT) is corrupted only. The HDD data is probably still good, but the indexing to it is faulty - hence when you ask for a given file, you actually get pointed to an unrelated bit of code on the HDD.

My understanding is that there may be a backup FAT table available on the HDD, so seeking professional advice now may be prudent - before the FAT tables become totally destroyed.


Ok I'll look into that - hope its not expensive ugh - Thanks :)

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  Reply # 952074 14-Dec-2013 10:04 Send private message

Hmm i was about to return the box of dvds i bought ... Maybe i'll use it to backup my phtotos instead of relying on hard drives! What a great idea!




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  Reply # 952079 14-Dec-2013 10:16 Send private message

kiwichris83:Ok I'll look into that - hope its not expensive ugh - Thanks :)


As I understand it, it wont be cheap - but re constructive surgery after you partner attacks you with the rolling pin is more expensive!!

And, at least you will have done your best - she may be compassionate.


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  Reply # 952081 14-Dec-2013 10:23 Send private message

Actually, have I missed something here? As the HDD is only a backup, you must still have the originals - on DVD/CD and on the computer.

Why not just create new copies on a fresh HDD?

And, as HDD's are so cheap, I recommend you hold a further copy, off site, on a second HDD.

This is what I do - I've been burnt before!



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  Reply # 952091 14-Dec-2013 10:44 Send private message

For Future reference - What is the best way to back up images? with low to 0 risk of failure... I know theres always a risk but anything with minimal risk of dying like my current disaster.....

What I've done was the CD/DVD and HDD route - but obviously that's a failed concept...

Would this work? if Not... Whats your suggestions...


Backup to Cloud (Dropbox or Copy.com or even both??)
Backup to External HDD via Time Machine on my Mac
Set Up S3s to directly backup images off the phones to dropbox which are then backed up to HDD via Time Machine?





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  Reply # 952122 14-Dec-2013 12:03 Send private message

I mirror images onto hard drives, though if you corrupt images the backup can become corrupted too. A backup with incremental changes may be better.




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  Reply # 952124 14-Dec-2013 12:07 Send private message

I have all my photos currently uploaded straight to Dropbox (from phones, tablets etc). Then the Crashplan software will automatically backup my entire PC (which has all my Cloud Storage PC sync clients e.g MEGA, Skydrive, Dropbox) to my HDD connected to the PC. In the future I may consider getting Crashplan online.

Hope you successfully get most if not all your photos back!




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  Reply # 952125 14-Dec-2013 12:09 Send private message

In fact this thread has prompted me to check all my backups right now...






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  Reply # 952133 14-Dec-2013 12:40 Send private message

sonyxperiageek: I have all my photos currently uploaded straight to Dropbox (from phones, tablets etc). Then the Crashplan software will automatically backup my entire PC (which has all my Cloud Storage PC sync clients e.g MEGA, Skydrive, Dropbox) to my HDD connected to the PC. In the future I may consider getting Crashplan online.

Hope you successfully get most if not all your photos back!

that looks like a good system - I just looked at crash plan - i assume you have the free option at the mo?  

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  Reply # 952134 14-Dec-2013 12:43 Send private message

Yes, free option at the moment. The paid option is not bad pricing either me thinks.




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  Reply # 952290 14-Dec-2013 19:40 Send private message

joker97: Hmm i was about to return the box of dvds i bought ... Maybe i'll use it to backup my phtotos instead of relying on hard drives! What a great idea!


The lesson you should take is don't rely on a single point of failure like a single physical disk.

http://blog.backblaze.com/2013/11/12/how-long-do-disk-drives-last/

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