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By johnny (Fri Aug 22, 2008 at 10:46:41 AM EST) (all tags)
My sister Mugs has a question about cameras, computers, and memory sticks.


NB: I don't have a digital camera & have never uploaded pictures from anything to anything, so far as I remember. So I know nothing at all about this stuff.

Anyway, here's the note I got from Mugs ten minutes ago.

Johnny, I dont know if you were there, but at the beach, $daughter gave $niece her memory stick from her camera to download photos onto $niece's computer. While she was doing it, the computer "crashed" or something, and when they tried to look at the photos they were gone. We dont understand how the pictures could have gotten lost?
$husband took the camera to a computer geek (no offense) and they said they thought they could unscrabble them, but they would have to run the program for a few hours, and they charge $80 per hour. $daughter is almost ready to throw away her life savings to get the pictures. Crazy!

Do you have any ideas how we could "unscrabble" them? Have you ever heard of this?  Let me know

Hope all is well....

Love
Mugs

This sounds odd to me. I remember 20 years ago when you could munge up a database on a floppy during a supposedly read-only operation & introduce an off-by-one error that could be painfully corrected. But $80 an hour over more than one hour to "fix" a data format problem on a memory stick? What is it, encrypted with a 400 bit key?

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typically by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Aug 22, 2008 at 11:27:36 AM EST
the photos don't get deleted from the memory card until they are finished downloading to the computer, if they get deleted at all. No way to know for sure given that I don't know what software she was using. So they may still be on the memory stick. I have a hard time believing every single photo either disappeared or (even less believable) was corrupted. They're just jpgs.

they thought they could unscrabble them, but they would have to run the program for a few hours, and they charge $80 per hour

Sounds a bit suspicious.

When I'm imprisoned as an enemy combatant, will you blog about it?

This is the second time I've heard of this by ObviousTroll (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Aug 22, 2008 at 12:13:54 PM EST
recently.

Tell her to stop messing with the stick and hang on to it till she gets to someone who can run a disk repair tool on it like Norton or similar.

Which is probably exactly what the computer geek was going to do.

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