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My pictures keep disappearing

I looked in my gallery and my pictures were gone. How do I get them back

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If you have Windows Vista, 7, or 8, it is possible that it is set up to automatically move your photos from the camera/memory card into your Pictures folder when you insert the media. If that's the case, when you plug it in and start looking at them in Gallery, they'll suddenly start disappearing as Windows starts moving them. You can change this behavior, if this is indeed what is happening.

Plug in your camera (or the memory card) and right-click on its icon in your My Computer / Computer folder. Choose Properties. In the Properties window, it should have an Events tab. If so, it will also list the things that it will do automatically when you connect it. To stop it from moving your photos (which is done when the last option, "Save all pictures to this folder" and "Delete pictures from camera after saving them" are both enabled), you can either just turn off the Delete option (so it continues to COPY them only), or choose "Take no action."
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In Windows go to Search and if your pics were saved in jpg format type in the search box " *.jpg " without the quotes and hit search. Options are "search all files and folders" is best. The asterix is neccessary and use it in front of the dot. If they were bitmaps then *.bmp and so on.
Look in recycle bin first and if they are there highlight and send them back to their folder. If the hard drive ate them then get a software program that retores deleted files. Do not insatll or uninstall anything yet if that is the case. Things dumped from recycle bin are usually still on the harddrive.if it is large enough.

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    Bob Wyman Mar 25, 2014

    If you have Windows 7 that is too bad. It will move everything anytime and I know from experience. I lost 3000 mp3s it transfered to another hard drive which HP mobo said was no good! I finally accessed the HD after 3 months and found my mp3s. If I had seen Bill Gates or anyone from from Microsoft during that time I would be in prison now. I am back with XP Home and will never upgrade to any more Windows OS. I will go Linux.

  • Laura Larsen Mar 26, 2014

    No, it won't move it "anytime." It asks the first time you connect a device whether you want it to begin doing that. If you tell it to do so every time you connect it, yes, it will, unless you direct it to stop (as I've described in my post above).

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