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Files disappeared from maxtor one touch iii mini

I cut/pasted pictures into a file on my Maxtor external mini harddrive. As soon as I hit copy, I attempted to rotate them right side up. I received an error that it would not rotate because it was a read only file (i had just hit copy and had not changed any of these settings). The error prompted on all pictures and then they disappeared. I cannot locate them anywhere on the computer. Out of the pictures left in the folder that I had just copied, I attempted to rotate another separately. It gave me the same error and then another several pictures disappeared. I tried to perform a search and they cannot be found. They also did not end up in my computer's recycle bin. It's as though they disappeared. Please help! I cut them from my memory card so they are no longer on my camera.

i received a reply to go to My Computer and unhide all files that i may have some sort of virus affecting pictures. I did this and i am still unable to find any of the pictures. as soon as they were copied i received the rotate error and they disappeared....any more ideas? i'm dumbfounded...

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  • southerng391 Apr 21, 2009

    i cut/pasted off the camera's scandisk card into a new folder i had just created....i'm using Vista....thanks!!!

  • southerng391 Apr 22, 2009 problem..thanks so much for your help!

  • southerng391 Apr 23, 2009

    thanks for the research and help...i'll give the restoration utility a try. you've been a big help!

  • southerng391 Apr 23, 2009

    it worked...thanks so much!!!

  • GoneToPlaid May 11, 2010

    Okay. Don't use the camera's card and don't format it or continue to access it. I need to dig up a freeware undelete utility which is compatible with Vista. You should then be able to use the undelete utility to recover the deleted images on the camera's card.

  • GoneToPlaid May 11, 2010

    Did you do a cut/paste or a copy/paste? Also, what operating system do you use?


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Alrighty, I finally found the handy file undelete utility which I have successfully used in the past to undelete files on flash cards. The file is Restoration.exe, and it doesn't use an installer. Thus it is a completely stand-alone program. The author of this program says that it is compatible with all Windows OS through XP. It probably will work with Vista too. The program also is compatible with NTFS as well as FAT32 file systems. Here is a link to where you can download it and then use it to try to recover the deleted files on your flash card:


Once you have recovered the files on your flash card, copy and paste them to your hard disk. I never do cut and pastes from flash cards for fear of accidentally losing files. Copy and paste, and once you have verified that the files were successfully copied to your hard disk, then delete the files on your flash card if that is your preferred method. Yet I prefer to put the flash card back in my camera and then do a quick format of the card in order to delete all files on the flash card.

Anyway, hopefully this restoration utility will allow you to get those deleted images back. :-)

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  • GoneToPlaid Apr 23, 2009

    I am glad that it worked. :-)


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