I have a problem here.
My Girlfried has a external 1TB (fat16) HDD to store her precious photos.
2 weeks ago she deleteted them all by mistake. Well done I said, now its up to me to undo her mistake :/
The harddisk is almost empty, all photos (lots of GBs) are superficial gone, there is only unrelevant stuff left.
Using testdisk, I was able to restore quite some photos. I guess it is the major part of the deleted stuff.
99% of the restored pictures are in a broken state. I assume the image headers are broken
- All Filenames are very strage
- The files cant be opened, all image editors report errors on opening (i.e.: we cant open this file)
- the images are restored in a $RECYCLE.BIN container/folder
1) I tried to simply rename some images, this does not have any effect.
2) I tried JPG Repair Shop to fix the images (by providing the whole directory. i.e. $RECYCLE.BIN)
It runs into: "Cannot load file, corrupt header"
3) I also tried "Stellar Toolkit for Windows" on a very reduced fileset (10 files).
It kind of succeeded, at least it was able to restore some pictures complete or partly (like 3 out of 10)
(but I couldnt use them, because I have to spend 299$ for the full version. D'oh! )
So I end up in the following two conclustions:
- EITHER: Out of any reason the image headers got broken.
- OR: The images are inaccessible, because the are "in a deleted state". Does Windows change/modify/compress images or file, when they get moved into the recylcle.bin?
Do I have any chance to repair/fix the broken images?
Is there any tool capable like stellar availble on linux/mac as freeware?
Or can I "undelete" the files in some way from the $RECYCLE.BIN?
At least this is not possible in Windows with a right click on that folder.
I would really appreciate some good input on this,
Thanks in advance!
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1G23U_ ... _CRm0q8Q81
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WewR2 ... FCkXxIqP1f
Strange Filenames of the restored images:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1JHWLD ... tlOjW_lXvJ