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947 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 6, 2008 7:57 AM by robmandu
Currently Being ModeratedMar 3, 2008 8:06 AM (in response to scb)Yah... even cheaper when you have a buddy who will help ya out with that.
Not looking forward to the ~1 million files it's gonna recover from the 300GB drive.
At less than halfway done, it had already found over 60,000 JPGs... and I only wanted to restore my original 28,000. (Of course, it's getting every image ever written to disk that's recoverable... no way for it to differentiate between actual trash and the real thing.)
So I've got a lot of file examination to do.
My buddy helping me out with this commented that he's also had Disk Utility just zap his partition unexpectedly, too. He's in IT... knows what he's about... and well, I'm just surprised is all. If there was one utility I'd expect to be bulletproof and absolutely safe, it'd be the Disk Utility.
Sigh.iMac G4, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 3, 2008 8:17 AM (in response to robmandu)Well, let me give you a hint. The key is to search. Search for the folder you had the "good" ones in. Then you will actually get your tags, and not the gobble-d-gook Unix stuff. You may find most of it in an "Orphaned Files" folder, believe it or not. Don't give up.PB G4, Mac OS X (10.5.2), You can clone from any chip type to the same chip type, safely.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 3, 2008 4:29 PM (in response to scb)unfortunately, the nature of this kind of thing is that all directories, file names, and other descriptive info are all gone.
Even if I find my iPhoto library files, they'll be useless as they contain pointers to images files that no longer reside in original directories with their original names.
A data recovery tool just finds every file it can, names it something generic and unique, and in this case, throws all .JPGs in one folder, all .MP4s in another, etc.
Not fun... and reiterates the fact that you really can never be too careful even keeping multiple backups... because even though there's a very high probability that even though all 28,000 photos were found in this case, I'll likely never be whole again b/c I'm gonna hafta sift thru 100,000 recovered .JPGs to attempt to find them. And that's not including the whole out-of-whack iPhoto database that describes files in locations that no longer exist and cannot be recreated.iMac G4, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 4, 2008 7:50 AM (in response to robmandu)Update... 146,000 JPG files recovered (of which, I only want 28,000).
Good news, I've segmented them by size which should help separate printables from thumbnails.
More good news, the original JPG files from the camera still have their EXIF info, so I hope to write a PHP script that'll further segment out those files with EXIF.
I have no idea if the edited/enhanced images kept by iPhoto after manipulation also have EXIF info, and if it's relatively identical. If so, I don't know if that's good or bad yet.
Thinking I'd be happiest if I could simply just get back the original, unedited files as offloaded from the camera.iMac G4, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 4, 2008 8:26 AM (in response to robmandu)Did you see the difference in the files in the "find" and the "search". How the file names change? You have to search, as I describe above.PB G4, Mac OS X (10.5.2), You can clone from any chip type to the same chip type, safely.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 4, 2008 8:55 AM (in response to scb)I'm using the "find" command in unix to separate out the files by size (using -size switch). That's nearly done.
Afraid I don't understand the "search" distinction. Do you mean to let Spotlight index the files and then act based on what info it culls out of them by performing a Spotlight search?
Thx!iMac G4, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 6, 2008 7:57 AM (in response to robmandu)In case anyone's interested, found what appears to be a nifty Automator Action that should at least help me with identifying digital photos (that is, JPG files with EXIF information embedded): http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/automator/metadatamover.html.
If nothing else, if I can restore the original photos as uploaded from the camera(s), then 90% of my wife's anger will dissipate.iMac G4, Mac OS X (10.5.2)