Help! Unable to open recovered files "corrupted"

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Bumpin, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. Bumpin macrumors newbie

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    I accidently deleted a lot of files, (mostly jpeg images and .mov files) after partitioning my external hard drive. I found a file recovery software and used it, the files were recovered to my desktop however nearly all of them are unable to be opened. An error message appears saying: "Couldn’t open the file. It may be corrupt or a file format that Preview doesn’t recognize." <---(In preview) If anyone has any suggestions, it would be much appreciated.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's not unusual. Recovering deleted files isn't a perfect process and many times the files recovered aren't completely intact.
     
  3. Bumpin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Do you know of any way to repair the files so I can use them?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I think you're out of luck. The files are not complete, and therefore, unusable.
     
  5. Bumpin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I actually found a program that works! Virtual Lab seems to be able to repair/recover corrupted photos! This is awesome!
     
  6. brainwave89 macrumors 6502

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    Bumpin, how well does it work with a Linux? I have a friend who installed Backtrack 5 over Lion on his MBP.
    He would love to recover anything.

    Thanks.a
     
  7. Bumpin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think they have only made a Windows and a Mac version also I realized the program basically goes through your hard drive and lets you view every picture you have ever seen or clicked on. So when I go to look at the pictures its a lot of thumbnails and random images from the internet, however it did find some of the deleted photos I needed. The only downside is to retrieve these photos you need to buy the program $40.
     
  8. brainwave89 macrumors 6502

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    Bumpin, thanks for your response.

    If anyone else has suggestions on how to recover any of my files I would love to hear about it.
     

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