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Topic # 25127 12-Aug-2008 20:01
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I burned my photos on a DVD which turned out didn't work. I deleted them thinking that I burned them successfully. However after using the recovery program to get them back. The photos however are unable to be opened at all.

I have uploaded one of the corrupted/damaged/recovered JPG's

Does anybody have a method of making these viewable again?



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  Reply # 162467 5-Sep-2008 13:57
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I can't say what's wrong with them, but I can say what's not right.

I opened the file with a hex editor and noticed that it is missing legitimate JPEG header information. JPG's start with:
<bh:ff><bh:d8><bh:ff><bh:e0><bh:00><bh:10>JFIF  and yours is just (semi)random data. Either it is corrupt completely or you have lost header info. I guess the former not the latter though Frown

I think you should just turn this into a learning experience... you can never have too many copies of data. Except for when the Police come to call Embarassed. I hope this wasn't your hard-won porn collection! (Don't lie, everybody's got one!)

If you're desperate to get the data back, there are disk recovery services that will do it for a fee, you may get what you want, for less that $1000. They can get it back from formatted disks and overwritten files, usually as long as you haven't done a fully secure wipe.


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  Reply # 162493 5-Sep-2008 15:06
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try using an app like

i've used it several times to retrieve gigabytes of mistakenly deleted data over the years.  works on hard drives, usb sticks, flash cards, etc.


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  Reply # 162500 5-Sep-2008 15:36
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Thanks for your replies, I used the program recover my files in the first place to try and get them back with a result of this. They are photos of my holidays (about 3-4 months worth).


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  Reply # 162506 5-Sep-2008 15:58
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What pixel dimensions are the pics X x Y? Did you post this problem somewhere else mid Aug?

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