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| p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Unreadable External Drive - Data Recovery Question |
Well, I finished my first recovery scan using GetBackData for NTFS version 4.33. The cost was $79.00. I paid through PayPal. First, I downloaded the free program. Using the unregistered "free" program, I scanned my drive and got an idea of what data was recoverable. The scan of my 750GB drive with about 30-40 GB of data took about 9-10 hours. Actually, I went to bed. In the morning, what I found was a recovered folder for each of the five (5) cameras I had taken on the vacation. Inside each folder appeared to be all of my photos, both raw and jpg. Everything appeared to be the same as it has been on my external USB drive before it went South. In order to copy the recovered files and paste them to another drive, I had to register the program and pay the price. I received an email notice, receipt and registration number almost immediately. By this time, I was obviously very excited. Unfortunately, only about 90% of the pictures were readable, even though they showed up as CR2 and jpg files, they would not open. That's why I said I had completed my first recovery scan. I'm doing it again to see if I can recover any of the pictures that were not readable the first time. I also seem to have lost my video files, which for me, is not a great loss. I am thrilled beyond belief to have recovered the majority of my vacation pictures and found the recovery process to be quite easy. Just for fun, I may try one of the other data recovery programs mentioned by other FM members in this post to see if any does a better job of recovery. If they do, I'll update this post. Thanks to everyone who chipped in with advice and support.