View Full Version : My pictures are gone :(

7th July 2009, 02:32 PM
I am so stupid! My computer crashed last week on my 50th birthday and ALL my pictures are gone. I've been talking about backing them up but never did. I have a few on Flickr but only about 30 out of thousands. I've got the computer up and running again. I had to start over with the original factory settings. I was devastated, now I'm just mad at myself for procrastinating. Indulge me as I wanted to look at a couple of pictures that I still have. This is 3 tired boys at “Woofstock” :thnx:


7th July 2009, 03:32 PM
Awwww what a shame :(

buy an external hard drive (usb or firewire) and youir photos will be backed up on there for if the terrible should happen.

7th July 2009, 04:40 PM
What a bummer.

Atleast you have some cute photos shown! :)

7th July 2009, 04:44 PM
My son deleted a lot of his art work by mistake and a computer expert managed to get them back. He said you have to turn the computer off straight away or automatically overwrites the supposed deleted things that are now classed as free space. I would start making phone calls and see what can be done.

7th July 2009, 05:44 PM
yes, pls there must be a way, good luck :)

7th July 2009, 06:13 PM
We had the same thing happen a few months ago - thought we had been backing everything up, but when we looked, nothing had registered for the previous 6 months - I cried all night at the possible loss of so many photos taken during that time!! :grnyuk:

However, my OH took the hard drive out of the desktop and discovered an amazing gadget on Amazon which lets you slot the "dead" hard drive into a docking cradle and use it just like any other external drive. We were able to retrieve about 90% of everything, including all our hundreds of photos.:fool:

Can't find any documentation about it now, but the gadget says it is "2.5"/3.5" Portable Hard Drive Docking Series and was ordered from www. amazon.co.uk (obviously you would have to have an American equivalent).

Nil desperandum and good luck. Let us know if you manage to get them back and we can have a viewing. :snap:

Cheers, Marie-Anne

7th July 2009, 06:20 PM
The man who helped us didn't use any kind of gadget so if you are worried you might not be able to do this yourself, call someone in. You must turn off your PC for now though.

9th July 2009, 11:54 PM
If you have already reinstalled windows then it is likely you have already overwritten some of the pictures. You should definitely stop using it and take it to a computer specialist to try and recover the data for you. I hope you can get them back.

13th July 2009, 01:13 PM
:jump: I GOT MY PICTURES BACK :jump:

I found a great program online that let me recover my pictures. It took about 8 hours to run. I backed up to DVD right away. It was pricey at $70 but better than $300 that the Geek Squad wanted.

Thanks for all the great advise. :lotsaluv:

13th July 2009, 01:19 PM
That's great news :mexwav:

14th July 2009, 12:28 AM
Pleased to see that you got your precious pics back.