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I called tech advice for my pc and what a waist of time that was !

alfa155

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I recently was having problems with my pc things were running slowly and some other issues were affecting its running, so i thought (before i found out about this great forum) i would call my technical advice line as i have still just a 3 year cover and number to call.

Big mistake got this guy on phone that said what you need to do is do a full system recovery, i told him that i have photos and other files that i did not want to loose and he said not to worry all will be ok, which at the time i thought surely that`s not right, but foolishly i went ahead with it, big mistake it was as i thought i lost all my photos etc and it did`nt even solve problem that i had called up about. He then claimed that he had not told me to do so, what a joker this guy was so anyway managed to fix my pc myself with alot of help from this forum reading through threads that had been posted previously, but i really want to know i know its probably not possible but can i find those photos i lost when i did this full system recovery ??

Saluti
alfa155
 
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Wolfeymole

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If you did a "Destructive" recovery then your pics could be gone, if you did a "Non-Destructive" recovery then there may be a chance to save your pictures.
Run a search for any .jpg .bmp .png files
 

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If you did the destructive recovery, you can recover pictures provided that they have not been overwritten with new data. The more you use the computer, the more chance that you'll overwrite the pictures.

I don't know if there are any decent free data recovery programs. I use this one:

http://www.recovermyfiles.com/
 

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alfa155

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Seth said:
If you did the destructive recovery, you can recover pictures provided that they have not been overwritten with new data. The more you use the computer, the more chance that you'll overwrite the pictures.

I don't know if there are any decent free data recovery programs. I use this one:

http://www.recovermyfiles.com/
Hello Again,

have downloaded this software is there a way of using it so it just finds jpeg images i saved and now cannot find, what is best option to use from the 4 it gives you, also if i find photos i lost can i then save them in new folder on pc or do i have to subcribe to this software to do so,

Many tHanks in advance
alfa155
 

alfa155

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AdvancedSetup said:
Yes, the PC Inspector File Recovery program is free and I've used it a few times with great success myself.
Hi There,

I am looking for just a load of jpeg photos and images i lost a couple of months ago which is the easier to use ?

Saluti
alfa155
 

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alfa155 said:
AdvancedSetup said:
Yes, the PC Inspector File Recovery program is free and I've used it a few times with great success myself.
Hi There,

I am looking for just a load of jpeg photos and images i lost a couple of months ago which is the easier to use ?

Saluti
alfa155
In that case, I would definitely try PC Inspector File Recovery. You can download it HERE It looks as if it is "user friendly".

[edited post to correct url link, AS]
 

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Well if you're sure you don't want the documents and only the pictures then this one should work just fine.
You need to have another hard drive to restore to though. It can be an external USB drive if you want. Just plug one in and assign a drive if not done autmatically (most of the time it is).
Then install and run the Smart Recovery software and restore what it finds to the external USB drive.

Although you will have a much better chance of restoring data if you can do all of this by placing your current hard drive into another working PC and using the software.

smart recovery Version 4.5

Use the File Recovery if you want to restore other file types.
 

alfa155

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AdvancedSetup said:
Yes, the PC Inspector File Recovery program is free and I've used it a few times with great success myself.
I have just run this software but could not preview or see what it found any advice ?

Saluti
alfa155
 

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Not exactly sure what you mean by that.

You can not actually view the images, you should see a list of files (if it found any) that can be recovered.
You would then select those files and restore them to the external USB drive.

Did you use the SMART Recovery software or the File Recovery ?

For images the SMART Recovery has a bit more advanced feature to attempt image recovery.
 

alfa155

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Seth said:
If you did the destructive recovery, you can recover pictures provided that they have not been overwritten with new data. The more you use the computer, the more chance that you'll overwrite the pictures.

I don't know if there are any decent free data recovery programs. I use this one:

http://www.recovermyfiles.com/
i HAVE FOUND THAT THIS ONE WORKS BEST FOR ME BUT THERE IS A PROBLEM, i have found files i wanted but when i go to save it asks me for a license key can anyone help please ?

Cheers
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alfa155

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is there any types of these softwares that are free so that when it has found photos etc that you have lost that then don`t have to give payment details beore you can save the photos found ?
 

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To the best of my knowledge, PC Inspector is free.

Recover My Files is brilliant in that it can reconstruct the file table so you don't spend hours or days searching through thousands of recovered files, and/or you can selectively search for only certain files such as .jpg
 

alfa155

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unless i`m downloading it from wrong place but when i ran it and ift found all my files if i wanted save any of them it asked me to type in registered number or something like can you help ?
 

alfa155

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I have just downloaded this software on start up of it says select device which i have then format type which i have then select destination. Excuse my ignorance but what am i doing wrong when it says after i select Start it says (the source and destination drive are identical) do i need to use say something like a separate hard drive device ??
 
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Wolfeymole

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This is a quote from the PC Inspector site Alpha.

To be able to use PC INSPECTOR™ File Recovery 4.x you need a working WINDOWS™ System. Never install the current version on the drive from which you intend to recover data! The software must be installed and run on a second, independent drive.
You will have to run it from either a second hard drive or a partition on your main drive, but preferably a second physical drive.
 

alfa155

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how would i do that, I have Pavillion c 167GB and pavillion d 4.58 gb, sorry but i am very new to this all, apologies for bugging you if i am ?
 
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Wolfeymole

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You are not bugging us Alpha don't worry. :)

However that D: drive may contain your recovery data so I would leave that alone.
It may well be that you would be better off with another file recovery program, we will look round for you ok.