Firstly apologies if this has been covered elsewhere - I've found similar threads, but not quite what I'm looking for.
I've messed up big time, and my problem is this:
I wanted to recover some deleted photos using PC Inspector Smart Recovery but found it was picking up every single photo on my PC, and I did not have enough room on D:Drive, so it kept aborting. To get round this I cut and pasted all my current photos onto CD's and this solved the problem.
Unfortunately, I'd not noticed that two of the discs were CD-RW, and they must have burned badly as I can't play them at all now - the CD takes about 10 minutes to load and the photos are unviewable.
I've tried recovery programs such as Digital Image Recovery, CD Recovery Toolbox and CD Check but these just recovery damaged images. I also tried to install NERO, but I can't get it to run.
Typically the photos were my most recent, so PC Inspector can't find them on my PC as they've never been backed up or recycled.
Can anyone suggest how I can
a) Recover the photos from the disc, or
b) Find them on my Hard Drive?
Many thanks, and apologies for being such an idiot!
If it is still running after finding only one photo, then I believe that it has finished - looks as if you really have lost any others, unless something has stopped the program running - have a look in Windows Task Manager to see if it is still running, or if it is simply not responding.
It looks like it just can't actually read the data - maybe I'm shafted tbh.
Just out of interest I scanned the memory card from the camera which I took the pics with - rather bizarrely it recovered photos form before and after, but not the ones I'm looking for. Surely it should recover everything that was on there?
Back again - I think the disc is kaput so plan B. Sorry it's longwinded!
I set the recovery scan running overnight, and ran it on C:Drive to see if I could recover the pics that way. It found over 50,000 pics (inc .gifs etc) but aborted at 60% as it had filled my 230GB hard drive, so I haven't got the ones I want yet.
So today I bought a mother of a 640GB external hard drive to use.
Here's why I show myself to be a true novice though - I've transferred all the pics I don't want to the external and I'll format it to get rid. But does it delete them internally, or does it send them to my PC hard drive like a normal delete/recycle?
What I want to avoid is overwriting any pics I might want to recover.
If you format the external drive, then all files on the external drive and ONLY files on the external drive will be deleted. Those files will NOT be sent to the internal drive when being deleted. I think that's what you are asking.