What is the best software to recover deleted photos? 

by on June 30, 2010

Q: I have a Panasonic DMC-TZ5 camera with a 4GB SD card. There are some photos on this camera which were deleted almost 2 years ago which I really could do with getting my hands on. I have run several demo versions of retrieval software and each returns approx 300 files after scanning 20% of disc then no more. The interesting thing is the files recovered vary in date deleted from late 2008 (before the photos I need were deleted), early 2009 (around the same time as the ones I’m looking for) and more recent. Is there any chance my photos are still retrievable with better software? I don’t care how much I have to pay.


How do I recover deleted music files? 

by on June 27, 2010

Q: How do I recover deleted music files? I also had them on DVD-RW and they are gone.


How can I recover data off a flash drive that was connected to a computer when the computer crashed? 

by on December 23, 2009

Q: Similar to Lauren (Jan26 2009). My computer crashed with a USB flash drive connected. The flash drive is no longer accessible. It finds the drive, but asks to format it but can’t. One recovery program i sampled reported RAW data file. Can I fix the MBR (How?) or recover the important files?


How do I get back to my original system boot after restoring to factory settings? 

by on November 30, 2009

Q: To recover my hard drive I backed up the entire drive. Then I did a factory settings recovery, then I restored the backup. Can I get back to original system boot?


Why do I get missing operating system error when I turn on my compter? 

by on June 27, 2009

Q: My computer has had a blue screen 4 times with a physical memory dump. Now when I turn on the computer it says missing operating system error. How do I fix this and what does this mean?


Can you really recover from a trojan without reinstalling your operating system? 

by on June 26, 2009

Q: I have root on my XP machine, it is my own machine, and it recently had a trojan on it. I have removed the trojan (after much grief), but a bizarre side-effect from the trojan is this that when you go to the ‘folder view’ menu, and you select ‘SHOW hidden files’ and ‘SHOW system files’, it allows you to select those boxes, and allows you to select APPLY, but when you close the window it simply ignores the request, and keeps them hidden.

Also, even though I have my searches set to ‘search hidden files’ it does not search them. I really do not want to reinstall my OS. Is there a way to view the hidden files in the command window? Or is there a way to change a regkey so that these files are no longer hidden? Do you know of any work-around?

Part of this is that I want to be able to actually LOOK for the any virus remnants, either in a command window, or in the gui.


Is it possible for me to recover a file that is no longer in the recycle bin? 

by on April 27, 2009

Q: I recently noticed my PC had a file deleted that is called Network Access protection. The file is no longer in the recycle bin. Is there a way for me to access this file again and where?


What low-cost or free utilities are out there to help me recover data? 

by on December 8, 2008

Q: I have a Windows XP computer with a D: harddrive that I was using just for data. Recently it just stopped reading data from it. When I tried to access it, the computer asked if I wanted to format the drive, to which I answered “no”. I’m not quite THAT dumb! There are just a few files on the drive that wern’t backed-up that I would like get back. Do you have any suggestions for some low-cost (or better yet, FREE) utilities that can help me achieve this?


Backup Solutions And File Sizes 

by on February 5, 2008

Q: I am purchasing an external hard drive to backup my business records, music, and pictures. I am not sure exactly how much 250gb or 500gb will hold. About how much will 250gb hold? Is this usually enough for the common person or should I go for the 500gb?

A: In terms of actual capacity your 250GB hard drive will probably hold about 232GB of data. This is due to your computer and the hard drive manufacturer both calculating the size differently. In terms of how many files you can store on a 250GB drive, you can expect to hold over 4,000 hours of mp3 music or tens if not hundreds of thousands of images from your camera depending on format and size. It’s a lot of data. Since everyone’s data can be very different the best way for you to gauge your storage needs is to find the folder in Windows you want to store and right click on it and click properties. This will bring up a box showing you the amount of data in the folder. You can also highlight multiple folders and do the same thing to get a grand total.

I would also like to caution you about your choice of using this new hard drive as a backup solution. First off, keep in mind that a backup means you have more than one copy of your data. I’ve seen a lot of people buy an external hard drive to “back up” their important data only to be just moving their data to this new drive and deleting it from its old location, only to have their new drive die on them and lose all their data! Also, if you have these two drives hooked up on your computer all the time you might still lose the data to a serious virus or external disaster (fire, flood, etc).

I recommend burning copies of your really important data to CD (can hold about 700Megs) or DVD (4.7Gigs) and keeping them in a safe place. Blank DVDs and DVD writing drives are both very affordable and you can keep copies of very important data anywhere.