HDD Cut & Paste transfer failure vs Corrupted data

Dear Sir/Madam,
I was recently moving data from an external hard disk [1st] to another external hard disk [2nd]. As you may have already summed up, the "cut & paste" transfer did not complete successfully. What happened was that the data cut from the original [1st] external hard disk was for any reason whatsoever corruptly pasted on the 2nd external hard disk. 98% of this data relates to jpegs (my lifetime personal pics - damn it!!!), and what i mean by corrupt data, is that the thumbnails are fine but when the jpegs are opened, the colours are a total rainbow and the pics look like crippled... well I would send a sample attachment if i could. My dilemma is this : what can i do to recover my data (essentially jpegs) back please? Find some software to recover the data from the original [1st] external hard disk from where they've been cut?? or find some other software to try and fix the corrupted jpegs on the 2nd external hard diks where they've been pasted???

whatever the case, kindly advise software to use. i am ready to pay for this service since i can't afford to lose my lifetime's pics!!!

thank you for your help in advance.

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Try recovering the files from the original HD using getdataback. You will nee enough free space on another HD to copy the files to, as getdataback won't write anything to the source HD. The trial version you can download directly scans the disk and shows you what files are recoverable. Then you can pay for the official version with which you can unlock the trial and then you can recover the files.


Maybe you should first scan the PC (without the external HD) for malware. I suggest you run an online scan:

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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Rule #1 for data recovery is STOP !!   Do NOT do ANYTHING that may write to the disk.

The SAFEST option here, if you have any reservations about your skills in manipulating the data, is to send the drive to a professional data recovery service.   The least expensive service I recommend is Gillware at www.gillware.com.   They do a superb job, and have a "no recovery, no fee" policy.   But they're very good, so plan on paying (especially with your drive, which doesn't have any obvious physical defects -- it's almost certain they'll recover everything).

But before you do that, as long as you carefully observe Rule #1, there's no reason you shouldn't try to recover these files yourself.   The best recovery tool (not free) is GetDataBack (which has already been suggested above).   The free demo download will show you what it "sees" ==> but to actually recover it you have to buy a license.   It works best with an internally mounted drive (i.e. directly connected to an IDE/SATA controller), but does work with external drives as well.   ... and it honors Rule #1 -- it does NOT write anything to the drive you're trying to recover from.   So give it a try.

Doesn't help now, but for future reference, NEVER use "cut and paste" or "move" operations for file management.  COPY the data first; then -- AFTER you've confirmed it's a good copy -- it's okay to delete the source data.   I strongly suggest you add the "Copy To" button to Windows Explorer and use it for all file moves.  (Go to View - Toolbars - Customize and add the "Copy To" button)    Drag and drop, cut and paste, and move operations are all easily prone to errors.   Carefully highlighting what you want to copy, then selecting Copy To, is MUCH less likely to result in an erroneous operation.

Finally, as I noted above, remember Rule #1 -- do NOT do ANYTHING to the drive that had the pictures on it.   Do not run Chkdsk, do not run any file recovery software that you're not CERTAIN will not write to the disk (GetDataBack is fine), etc.   But it's okay to connect it to your computer and look at the directory with Windows Explorer.   If you do this, are the files in fact gone from that disk?  (I assume you've already checked that, but just in case ...)
Actually I'd rather recommend using the tool "robocopy" to copy or move data. It is much more reliable than using the explorer and copy/cut/paste. The downside is that it is a commandline tools and would require you to make a small batch file to automate the job. But it isn't too difficult to make that batch file, and once you have it you just change the source and destination if you need it for other data. Robocopy is part of the resource kit tools and is free. After installation there is a robocopy.doc file which gives you all the options, and entering robocopy /? will also show you many of the options.

Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
... robocopy is a good option if you're comfortable with command line tools.   But I've found many folks prefer to stay within the Windows GUI -- and in that case I suggest they either use the "Copy To" button or use a 3rd party file management tool that's "friendlier" than Windows Explorer.

If your jpegs look corrupted on the new system, that is probably because the program you are using to view them is not understanding the JPG file correctly.  FIRST, find out what program you used to open them on the old hard drive, then COPY that program to the new hard drive.  If it is an old program, use it to save each file as a BMP if you have to, that will preserve the image correctly, then use a NEW program to convert the image back to JPG.

It sounds like you have a JPG interpretation problem, not a disk problem.

If both hard drives are in the same machine, go to an XP prompt and issue this command --

xcopy <Drive1>:\*.jpg  <Drive2>:\ /s/r/h/c/k

That will copy ALL the JPGs on the original disk, drive 1 to the new disk, drive 2.  All you do is substitute the REAL drive letter that each drive is seen as by the operating system, into the above command, instead of the <drive1>  So it will look like xcopy D:\*.jpg  C:\ /s/r/h/c/k -- if the new drive is C.
I agree with scratchy what you need is not a drive recovery tool but a jpeg recovery tool for now. If recovering other files or accesing the drive is the problem then you can be rest assured that it is a Disk recovery tool you need or if after all trials you still find it difficult to get your jpeg files then you can attempt recovering the original copy from the drive.

Since you have an external drive, trying viewing the pictures with different graphics applications on other systems. (Adobe photoshop, Fireworks, Corelphotopaint and a Web browser)
You can then ultimately go for a picture repair software. check this links for such softwares

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