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Hello there, ok i need some clarification here! I took a load of pictures of my nipper's school sports day on my digital camera and decided to burn them direct from the camera to a CD so she could subsequently show them to her friends on this and her friends computers. I duly plugged in the camera and dragged and dropped the files to the CD drive icon using windows explorerer. I use Windows XP (Home Edition). The files were duly transfered to the CD in 'shadow format' and i pressed the "write these files to CD" icon. All went well and i noticed that at the end of the burning process when prompted to press the 'finish' button on the Wizard all the shadow files automatically disappeared! Well the CD was a peach and i therefore deleted all the files from the camera. NEXT?.... Yes you guessed it, a few weeks later she lost the CD on the way to school!! So i have tried to find the files that were created on the computer during the burning process because the original camera files have gone and I have discovered that they were temorarily stored in a file called "CD burning". This folder is however empty. During the interim period I have burned 3 or 4 further CDs with lots of data for my wife's MSc studies using the same technique and the computer has been re-booted many times since the original sports day copying. Also i have used the camera pretty extensively for other family pics. My question is this?.... Do i have a hope in [bleep] of retrieving/rescueing/restoring these files? I would be prepared to pay for a specialist company to do some sort of professional retrieval as my daughter is now very sad.

Thank you in anticipation....

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Yes, there are several programs out there of that calibur. Give me a few minutes to search for a few good ones, and I'll post back.

EDIT: OK, here is a program found from the initial search. It's free and supposedly does what it says. It's freeware too.

Follow this link: Restoration Program

Edit 2: (I think it will even recover the photos from the camera itself)

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Thanks guys, ill give them a go.... However someone told me that once the files were automatically deleted at the end of the burning process that the area they had occupied was subsequently made available for new files and that because of the volume of work then undertaken the likelyhood is that they have all been overwritten and are therefore gone forever!!... What do you think?

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If you use a program that deletes data and overwrites it with a certain pattern (like 7 passes or more), then it would be a slim chance. But the way windows deletes data isn't hardly that at all. Your chances of recovering your photos is very likely.

If that program doesn't work, we'll find another.smile1.gif

EDIT: When you run the program, it's going to create a folder there. Open the folder and execute "Restoration.exe".

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