Thursday, August 26, 2010

Retrieving Deleted Data

No pics today - just some advice for anyone who ever, like me, accidentally deleted some valuable photos and reference material. Last week, one of my boys needed a Flash Drive urgently and thinking I had already saved the 400mb of photos on this device to a CD, I quickly deleted all the files and then promptly emptied the Recycle Bin. This week, I went searching for one of my reference photos of a peacock, only to realise that all those photos were not stored anywhere else. Time to PANIC!!! Or to go on-line and do a search (thank God for the internet). I came across a program called Uneraser. Many of you may of heard of it, but I never had, and tentatively downloaded the trial version. I then popped the Flash Drive into the USB port and ran the Uneraser software. Up came all the photos I had deleted, however to retrieve them and save them to the computer, you do have to buy the full version which was $45AUD (around $40USD), but in my mind that was money well spent. I was so happy to have all my precious images back and promptly copied them to two CD's. :))

10 comments:

sue said...

Oh I love happy endings!!

I'll bookmark that programme/company 'just in case'

I'm a real techie (spelling)? and leave all the computer/IT stuff to my OH. Must confess I've been getting a little tetchy with him recently as he bought a new back up device and keeps making me abandon my computer/desk for hours whilst he 'plays'. Obviously I should be more appreciative!

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

LOL Sue - that's why we bought everyone there own little notebook and that way I can claim the main computer as mine!! :)

AutumnLeaves said...

Awesome news!

Mona said...

So glad it came out well, and thanks for sharing the info. on Uneraser Karen!

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Oh Karen, how fortunate for you that you found a solution! Thanks for the tip.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Sherry, Mona and Barbara for your happy comments - fingers crossed you won't ever need to use this program, but it's nice to know it's out there!!!

Bonnielynn said...

Glad it turned out alright, and thanks for the Uneraser link.
I did something similar, but deleted my whole business file.......Im still trying to replace it all, so maybe I'll try that link.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Oh BonnieLynn - I do hope it works for you - fingers crossed. I'd love to hear how you go :)

Artoholic said...

Phew! Sigh of relief - photos are so precious.

I was told by a police forensic photo investigator that nothing is ever really deleted - it sits on your hard drive for a looooong time before it's overwritten, if ever. That's how they catch a lot of the baddies.....

At uni it was drummed into us to BACK UP BACK UP BACK UP, otherwise the sky would fall, volcanoes erupt and the world would end!

I am so paranoid that I don't even delete my best photos off the memory card, just in case. I think I have become a little OCD with it.....

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

I will definitely be more OCD about it now. Thankfully it all turned out well - good lesson learnt!!!